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Sir Simon Rattle talks about in vain

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 January 2013

Watch Sir Simon Rattle's eloquent and precise description of Georg Friedrich Haas' in vain.

"One of the first great masterpieces of the 21st century."

French premiere of Vykintas Baltakas’ Lift to Dubai

Posted on 09 January 2013

Ensemble 2e2mEnsemble 2e2m gives the French premiere of Vykintas Baltakas‘ Lift to Dubai this Thursday at their concert in Paris.

Read more on the 2e2m website.

Happy Birthday Ian Wilson

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 December 2012

Ian Wilson (c) Steve RogersWe wish you all the best!

Happy Birthday Victoria Borisova-Ollas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 December 2012

Victoria Borisova-Ollas, (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

We wish you a Happy Birthday!

Help NMC to release Birtwistle, Weir and Barry

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 December 2012

NMC RecordingsNMC Recordings are trying to release Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain, Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom and Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest in 2014/15.

Here is what they have to say: Of all contemporary music, opera is perhaps the genre that epitomises NMC’s unique role in promoting British composition at its most innovative. The financial and artistic risks inherent in new opera, the paucity of repeat runs and the unwillingness of many mainstream record labels to take up this repertoire require NMC to step into the breach and make these works permanently available to a global audience. NMC has recorded over a dozen contemporary British operas to date, and Gawain is perhaps the work that we are most frequently asked to release!

We'd like to support this – find out how you can support NMC.

Happy Birthday Nikolai Badinski

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 December 2012

Nikolai Badinski (c) Henk Badinski

Happy 75th Birthday Nikolai Badinski!

The Guardian's stand-out albums 2012

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 December 2012

Christian Gerhaher (c) Oji Hall / Fumiaki_Fujimoto; Isabelle Faust (c) Marco BorggreveThe Guardian has just released a list of the five best classical albums of 2012 – and thanks to wonderful performers such as Isabelle Faust and Christian Gerhaher, Alban Berg and Arnold Schönberg are on that list.

Happy Birthday Rodion Konstantinowitsch Schtschedrin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 December 2012

A guide to Luciano Berio’s music

Posted on 11 December 2012

Luciano Berio (Photo Eric Marinitsch)

In the latest instalment of his Guide to Contemporary Classical Music in The Guardian, Tom Service presents the music of Luciano Berio.

“Wherever you start with Berio, you won't want to end, only keep listening, listening on …”

Happy Birthday Beat Furrer

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 December 2012

(c) Eric Marinitsch, Universal Edition

Happy Birthday Beat Furrer!


Music of Today: Luke Bedford

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 December 2012

(c) Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Manu Theobald

Two works by composer Luke Bedford are being performed as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's Music of Today series on Thursday, 6 December at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

The composer describes the six movements of Or Voit Tout En Aventure as “settings of three texts written in medieval French and Italian, which are linked in some way by the theme of music. They all exist as songs written in the latter part of the 14th century, which I have shamelessly torn from their original musical context and treated purely as texts.” For By the Screen in the Sun at the Hill on the Gold, Bedford tried to capture “the ‘essence’ of Johannesburg”.

By the Screen in the Sun at the Hill on the Gold
for 18 players | 18’
1 1 2 1 - 1 2 1 0 - perc(2), pno, vln(2), vla, vc(2), cb

Or Voit Tout En Aventure
for soprano and 16 players | 14'
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), hp, acc, vln(2), vla, vc, cb
6.12.2012, London; Yunkyung Lee, s; Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Peter Hirsch

The Rest is Noise

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 December 2012

(c) Benjamin EalovegaIn January 2013, the Southbank Centre will launch a year-long festival based on Alex Ross' book The Rest is Noise, with the aim to tell the story of 20th century music. In anticipation of the festival, The Guardian has asked various artists about their favourite classical works. It’s good to see pieces by Stockhausen, Reich, Berg, Schönberg, and Webern among the influences mentioned.

Baltakas: Rehearsals for Cantio in Berlin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 November 2012

Cantio (c) Vykintas Baltakas

Vykintas Baltakas is right in the middle of the rehearsals for the January performances of Cantio in Berlin, and he let us know how he feels about them:

I’ve just returned from the rehearsals of the new production of my music theatre Cantio. The rehearsals are going great, the team is very professional and will be working on a daily basis in the following month. The new Berlin production of Cantio is not a simple repetition of the initial piece. The main text and the musical score are fixed, but there is an additional open layer, which can be interpreted in many different ways for instance by an actor or in combination with other media such as dance, film, sounds, etc. In this way each new production is given enough space for creativity and experiments. Sharon Joyce’s original text was translated by Erika Ria Otto, which is why the narrator will now be speaking in German, thus giving the work a new perspective. As you can imagine, I’m really looking forward to the premiere.

Vykintas Baltakas

Find out more about Cantio on the composer's homepage.

Texts on Cantio.

for narrator, soprano, tenor, bassbaritone, ensemble and electronics
world première of the new version, 17|19|20/1/2013, Berlin
Margret Giglinger, s; Florian Feth, t; Tobias Hagge, b; Lithuanian Ensemble Network

David Fennessy in an interview with the London Sinfonietta

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 November 2012

David Fennessy (c) Eric Marinitsch, Universal EditionThe London Sinfonietta has asked David Fennessy 5 questions – in their blog, the Irish composer talks about sources of inspiration, his favourite projects and his musical background. Find the full interview on the London Sinfonietta’s Blog.

Fennessy's latest piece Caruso (Gold is the sweat of the sun) for 4 samplers and electric guitar premieres on 12 December at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam.

Arvo Pärt receives honorary doctor

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 November 2012

Arvo Pärt (c) Eric Marinitsch, Universal Edition

Arvo Pärt is awarded the honorary doctor of the Faculty of Theology in Lugano, the celebrations take place on Saturday, 1 December. Congratulations!

Find the full programme online.