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Portrait concert: Vykintas Baltakas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 December 2015

Vykintas Baltakas (c) Astrid Ackermann

Members of the Ensemble Wiener Collage present a portrait concert of Vykintas Baltakas on 12 December at the Kunstverein Alte Schmiede in Vienna: cellist Roland Schueler, pianist Jaime Wolfson and violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova will perform works from the composer’s oeuvre. Vykintas Baltakas will be present at the concert.

Commentum
for violoncello and piano | 10'
Roland Schueler, vc; Jaime Wolfson, pno

Eine kleine Nachtmusik
for violin solo | 6'
Bojidara Kouzmanova, vln

(how does the silver cloud s)ou(nd?)
for piano | 5'
Jaime Wolfson, pno

Das Lied
for piano and tape | 5'
Jaime Wolfson, pno

The Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble’s Christmas concert with Verklärte Nacht

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 December 2015

The Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble will perform Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht, which was inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name, as part of their Christmas concert on 10 December at the Church of our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in London.

They play the piece along with the Symphony in B Flat by Carlos Seixas and Fantasia upon one note by Henry Purcell.

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Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble

Haas’ Morgen und Abend on Opera on 3

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 December 2015

Sarah Wegener (Signe) & Christoph Pohl (Johannes) in Morgen und Abend at the Royal Opera House (c) ROH / Clive Barda

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts a recording of Georg Friedrich Haas’ highly acclaimed opera Morgen und Abend tomorrow at 19:30 CET/CEST. Listen live.

Want to peruse the score while listening to the opera? We’ve uploaded the full conductor’s score for you here:

View the full score

Duse premières in Hamburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 December 2015

Eleonora Duse, public domainDas Mystische, das, was fast nicht erklärbar ist, und der Entschluss, sich auf der Bühne nach einer gewissen Zeit nicht mehr zu schminken, das Innen nach Außen zu transformieren, die konsequente Reduktion von Dekoration auf der Bühne - das hat viel mit Arvo Pärt zu tun. (John Neumeier on Duse)

Alessandra Ferri dances the title role of John Neumeier’s new ballet Duse, which premières this Sunday at the Staatsoper Hamburg.

The ballet features music by Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten, Simon Hewett conducts the orchestra of the Staatsoper Hamburg.

Read a [German] interview with Neumeier on ndr

The opening scene of the Royal Opera House’s Król Roger

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 December 2015

“We rehearsed the opening chord a million times.”

Find out more about Kasper Holten’s production of King Roger on the website of the Royal Opera House.

World première of ‘Lorenz’ Traummusik’

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 December 2015

Minetti Quartett (c) Irène Zandel

Juan de Dios Magdaleno (c) Juan de Dios Magdaleno“Lorenz Traummusik is my second string quartet; it relates to the American mathematician Edward Lorenz, considered the father of chaos theory. I concentrate in the piece mainly on the various temporal aspects of music, microtonality, characteristics of Klangfarbe and musical application of chaos theory, which particularly interests me at the moment.”

Juan de Dios Magdaleno’s String quartet No. 2 ‘Lorenz’ Traummusik’ will be premièred tonight by the Minetti Quartett at the MuTh in Vienna. De Dios Magdaleno is the winner of last year’s Ö1 Kompositionspreis, which is endowed with 10.000 Euro and was given for the fourth time by Ö1, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) and Universal Edition.

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Door 2 of our 2015 Advent calendar is ready to open!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 December 2015

Advent calendar

Door 2 of our 2015 Advent calendar is ready to open!

Every day, five lucky visitors to the UE Advent calendar will receive a free copy of the publication – so be quick and visit us every day, it’s worth it.

Visit our calendar

What the critics are saying: Morgen und Abend

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 November 2015

Sarah Wegener as Signe/Midwife in rehearsal for Morgen und Abend, The Royal Opera © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Andrej Uspenski

Not much happens, but Georg Friedrich Haas’s new opera is a mesmerising evocation of the great hereafter. (Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 22 November 2015)

Although little or no change in dynamic happens throughout, the soundscapes are spectacularly eerie, casting quite a mood in the vast hall and filling the space with atmospheric emotion. It is incredible to see such a huge orchestra employed in such a way, each instrument being used in a more creative and unusual way to create these unfamiliar sounds. (Lydia Lakemoore, A Younger Theatre, 15 November 2015)

Brandauer has called the opera a Gesamtkunstwerk, a fitting description for its unified artistic vision, even if comparisons with Wagner (or any other opera composer) are beside the point. (Gavin Dixon, bachtrack, 14 November 2015)

But if you are susceptible to Haas's musical language it will creep under your skin as it did mine. (Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage, 14 November 2015)

Read more reviews and view the full score

Interested in the audience’s reactions? Find them here: Your Reaction: Morgen und Abend.

Alea Sands: a ballet set to Anthèmes II

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 November 2015

Laura Hecquet (c) Julien BenhamouIn tribute to Pierre Boulez, this special evening brings together three great moments of musical and choreographic modernity and reunites two other major creative forces of the 20th century whose works Boulez has often conducted: György Ligeti and Igor Stravinsky.

Set to Boulez’ Anthèmes II, British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s ballet Alea Sands will première on 3 December at the Opéra national de Paris and be performed together with Polyphonie and Le Sacre du printemps.

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Listen to a podcast produced by the Opéra national de Paris:

Presentation of Pärt’s Songs from Childhood

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 November 2015

On 21 October, the Arvo Pärt Centre together with Universal Edition presented Songs from Childhood at the Berlin Dussmann KulturKaufhaus in Berlin. Guests of honour were Arvo Pärt and Norbert Lammert.

We filmed the whole event, watch our video here:

The Makropulos Case at the Göteborg Opera

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 November 2015

Annalena Persson (c) Mats Bäcker

“I don't know to what extent it is Janáček's calculated intention and to what extent it is his instinctive feel for drama, feel for theatre, but I believe there are actually no mistakes in this opera. It is remarkable.” (Marko Ivanović on The Makropulos Case)

Marko Ivanović is conducting The Makropulos Case by Leoš Janáček at the Göteborg Opera. David Radok’s production opened on 21 November, further performances take place on 25 and 29 November, 3, 6, 9 and 12 December and 16 and 24 January.

Watch an interview with the conductor:

The version performed is the revised edition by Jirí Zahrádka, which will also be performed this December at the Vienna State Opera.

View an excerpt of the score

General rehearsal of Morgen und Abend

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 November 2015

Sarah Wegener, Christoph Pohl, Helena Rasker, Georg Friedrich Haas and Will Hartmann (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Laila Standke

Sarah Wegener, Christoph Pohl, Helena Rasker, Georg Friedrich Haas and Will Hartmann.

Composer Georg Friedrich Haas surrounded by happy cast after yesterday’s successful general rehearsal of his opera Morgen und Abend at the Royal Opera House in London. Fingers crossed for the world première on Friday.

Read an article on Morgen und Abend in The Independent

Rave reviews for Lulu at the Met

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 November 2015

Lulu (c) Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera

William Kentridge’s production of Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera is receiving rave reviews: find a selection below:

What’s most impressive of all, though, is that Lulu has found a worthy partner in the Met’s provocative and visually stunning new staging. If there’s such a thing as a gold standard for opera, this is it. (James Jorden, Observer, 6 November 2015)

Lulu will never be a crowd-pleaser, but what happened on the Met stage on Thursday was an even rarer commodity in many opera houses: serious art, on many levels. (Anne Midgette, The Washington Post, 6 November 2015)

The Met’s terrific cast is headed by the charismatic German soprano Marlis Petersen as Lulu. Having been a sought-after Lulu for nearly two decades, Ms. Petersen will retire the role from her repertory at the end of this run, which makes it all the more imperative to see her now. (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 6 November 2015)

So, we’re agreed: this is a monster show, and everyone needs to know. (Seth Colter Walls and Jason Farago, The Guardian, 6 November 2015)

Lulu at the Met

Lulu (c) Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera

 

 

An evening with Alfred Brendel and Mauricio Sotelo

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 November 2015

Alfred Brendel (c) Jiyan ChenOn 9 November Alfred Brendel will hold a keynote speech about Franz Liszt at the Auditorium in Arezzo.

Afterwards Mauricio Sotelo will introduce his Ancora un segreto before pianist Juan Carlos Garvayo performs the work, which is dedicated to Alfred Brendel and was inspired by conversations with the pianist about Liszt’s Sonata in B minor.

Find out more at the website of the Amici della Musica Arezzo

Boulez 90: New Dialogues at the National Sawdust

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 November 2015

National Sawdust (c) 2015 / Jazz Bank / Pascal Gallois.

None of the dreams we indulged as adolescents at Oberlin would have even entered our minds without the intrepidity and the audacity of Pierre Boulez. […] In the words of Boulez himself, “Music is a labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal.” (Claire Chase & Joshua Rubin, ICE co-artistic directors)

Pascal Gallois (c) Pascal GalloisHonouring Pierre Boulez’ 90th birthday, conductor and bassoonist Pascal Gallois and the International Contemporary Ensemble present their Boulez 90 – New Dialogues programme at the National Sawdust – a new performance venue for contemporary music in Brooklyn – on 17, 18, 19 and 21 November. A selection of Boulez’ oeuvre will be performed alongside works of his contemporaries and those of young composers.

ICE is performing together with bassoonist Pascal Gallois on this project that was recently on tour in Paris and Brittany in France. A highlight of the concert series will be performances of Le Marteau sans maître with mezzosoprano Katalin Károlyi and Éclat.

Download the full programme