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50th anniversary of Eisler's death

Posted on 06 September 2012

Hanns Eisler (c) Universal EditionOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer, the International Hanns Eisler Society (IHEG) is organising the Eisler Days from 6 to 11 September with concerts, historic films, a symposium and a “Long Hanns Eisler Night”.

Hanns Eisler works published by Universal Edition

Happy Birthday Darius Milhaud

Posted on 04 September 2012

Darius Milhaud

Happy Birthday Darius Milhaud!

See a list of works by Milhaud published by Universal Edition.

The Makropulos Affair in Finland

Posted on 31 August 2012

A new production of Janáčeks Makropulos Affair opens in Helsinki tonight. 

See details, cast and photos at the Finnish National Opera website.

Happy Birthday Johannes Maria Staud!

Posted on 17 August 2012

Johannes Maria Staud (c) Universal Edition/Jonathan Irons

Learn more about the composer and watch his list of works.

Happy Birthday Georg Friedrich Haas!

Posted on 16 August 2012

Georg Friedrich Haas (c) Universal Edition/Eric Marinitsch

Learn more about the composer and watch his list of works.

BBC Proms: Arnold Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder

Posted on 12 August 2012

BBC Proms-2012

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 C-major apotheosis.

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

Edinburgh International Festival: The Makropulos Case

Posted on 11 August 2012

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.

Watch on YouTube: Behind the scenes of The Makropulos Case

Voicing Pierrot

Posted on 30 July 2012

Jane ManningVoicing Pierrot
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)

Jane Manning
Voicing Pierrot

First published in 2012 by
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UK contact address
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Available from
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UE composers at the Documenta (13) in Kassel

Posted on 25 July 2012

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.

Watch on YouTube

Two other UE composers always present in Kassel are Gustav Mahler and Ernst Krenek, immortalised by the steps either side of the State Theatre.

Szymanowski’s Hagith in Buenos Aires

Posted on 24 July 2012

Hagith - Teatro Colón

Baldur Brönnimann conducts Karol Szymanowski’s opera Hagith and Schönberg’s Erwartung at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

Read Jorge Aráoz Badí’s review in La Nacion – fascinating to read that the Argentine première of Erwartung 53 years ago was coupled with Luigi Dallapiccola’s Volo di notte.

Here is an interview with Baldur Brönnimann on the Clarín website.

Happy Birthday David Fennessy

Posted on 23 July 2012

David Fennessy (photo: Eric Marinitsch)

Happy Birthday David Fennessy!

Hans Sommer Orchestral Songs on CD

Posted on 23 July 2012

Hans Sommer Orchesterlieder

A real discovery! (Neue Musikzeitung)

A new CD with orchestral songs by Hans Sommer (1837–1922, born 175 years ago this month) has been emphatically received by the world’s music press.

Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo-soprano
Bo Skovhus, baritone
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sebastian Weigle

A coproduction with Bavarian Radio

The CD contains Hans Sommer’s Sapphos Gesänge Op. 6, the Goethe-Lieder and other orchestral songs. See our page on Hans Sommer for all the works available, including audio excerpts.

Selected press reviews are available on Elisabeth Kulman’s website.

Buy the CD now from Tudor Records.

Happy 85th Birthday Michael Gielen

Posted on 20 July 2012

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).

Watch on YouTube

Liszt and the Organ

Posted on 12 July 2012

Christian Schmitt 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.

Our work introduction is here.

Rihm Lieder Master Class in St. Moritz

Posted on 10 July 2012

Rihm Lieder Master Class

The Stiftung pro Musica e Cultura in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is holding a Lied Master Class with Wolfgang Rihm this September.

Visit the Stiftung pro Musica e Cultura website for more information, and download their flyer (PDF) in English and German.