Today Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Arnold Schönberg's rarely-performed choral blockbuster Gurre-Lieder. This enormous work, a medieval love-tragedy, is an early masterpiece in
which Schönberg's late-romantic voluptuous style attains a radiant
Augmenting substantial BBC forces, Jukka-Pekka Saraste welcomes two guest choirs. An impressive international solo line-up is headed by New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill as Waldemar, the cursed king. German soprano Angela Denoke makes her Proms debut as Tove and Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus returns as the voice of the Wood-Dove.
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3
Richard Farnes conducts the première of the new production of Leoš Janácek's The Makropulos Case at the Edinburgh International Festival by acclaimed director Tom Cairns, with an exceptional cast of soloists.
A practical, analytical and personal guide to the vocal part of Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire
Jane Manning’s new book is a practical and highly personal view of the work, based on her 47 years’ experience.
The book is a wide-ranging an insightful guide for the potential performer, and a CD of the instrumental parts is provided to aid practice.
“… a precious gift of experience: mandatory reading not only for all future performers of the work but for lay listeners who seek insight into vocal artistry in general …” (Bayan Northcott, 2012)
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Not to be missed at this year’s dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel: a subtle and impressive sound installation by the Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller called “Forest (for a thousand years)” using Arvo Pärt’s choral piece Nunc dimittis.
Here is an interview with Baldur Brönnimann on the Clarín website.
A real discovery! (Neue Musikzeitung)
Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo-soprano
Bo Skovhus, baritone
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
A coproduction with Bavarian Radio
Selected press reviews are available on Elisabeth Kulman’s website.
Happy 85th Birthday Michael Gielen (20.07.2012)
Watch Michael Gielen talking about his relationship to the music of Gustav Mahler in our video interview (in German).
This Sunday on ARTE TV: Liszt and the Organ
The programme features a performance of Liszt’s Ad nos, ad salutarem undam in the arrangement for organ and orchestra by Marcel Dupré which is published by UE.
Martin Haselböck edited the work for our new edition, and he conducts the performance with Christian Schmitt at the organ and the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.
If you’re in ARTE territory, you can watch online up to seven days after the broadcast.
Johnny Johnson marked Weill’s first contribution to the American musical theater. The anti-war musical opened in November 1936 on Broadway, where it enchanted audiences and critics alike. Lee Strasberg directed, and the cast included a young Elia Kazan.
Luke Bedford’s new portrait CD has just been released by col legno.
The CD, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, contains an excellent cross-section of the composer’s output to date.
Listen to excerpts here
1. Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale (2011)
for violine solo, viola solo and 15 players
Jonathan Morton (violine), Lawrence Power (viola)
The Scottish Ensemble
2. into Johannesburg:
By the Screen in the Sun at the Hill on the Gold (2008)
für 18 players
Ensemble Modern, conductor: Sian Edwards
3. Chiaroscuro (2002/2005)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Fidelio Trio: Darragh Morgan (violin), Robin Michael (violoncello) and Mary Dullea (piano)
4. Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper (2002)
for eight players
Ensemble Modern, conductor: Franck Ollu
5. Or Voit Tout en Aventure (2005–2006)
for soprano and 16 players
Claire Booth (soprano), London Sinfonietta, conductor: Oliver Knussen