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An Austrian evening – in two very different styles

Posted on 03 February 2012

Georg Friedrich Haas

If you are in Boston tonight, go and see Sound Icon perform Georg Friedrich Haas’ ethereal 70-minute in vain at the Institute of Contemporary Art (audio sample on this page).

Friedrich Cerha

If you are not in Boston tonight, listen live on BBC Radio 3 (7:30pm London time) to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performing Friedrich Cerha’s Wiener Kaleidoskop – a romp around Vienna’s musical traditions (audio sample on this page).

For those looking for something else for a Friday evening, there’s Rihm in Saarbrücken (COLL’ARCO), Weill in Graz (Threepenny Opera), Janacek in Munich (Glagolitic Mass) and Reims (Jenufa), Schreker in Cologne (Chamber Symphony), Borisova-Ollas in Gothenburg (The Kingdom of Silence), Mahler in Bangkok (Symphony No. 9), Birtwistle in London (Linoi), Zemlinsky in Valencia (Lyric Symphony), Kodály in Arnhem (Dances of Galanta), Oldfield in Neuenkirchen (Tubular Bells), Bartók in Athens (Miraculous Mandarin), Berio in Düsseldorf (Rendering)

See the full list of today’s performances here

The Mahler Project at the LA Phil

Posted on 02 February 2012

Gustavo DudamelGustavo Dudamel’s remarkable Mahler series is fully underway in Los Angeles.

Tonight he conducts Symphony No. 9, and this Saturday Symphony No. 8 is on the programme, complete with the LA Phil, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and 16 LA based choirs.

Read more on the LA Phil website and watch our video interview with Gustavo Dudamel below, where he talks about the music of Gustav Mahler.


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Kurt Weill's debut at the Vienna State Opera

Posted on 23 January 2012

Mahagonny at the Vienna State Opera

It’s a historic day in Vienna, with the first ever performance of a Kurt Weill work at the Vienna State Opera.

Ingo Metzmacher conducts the Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in a production by Jérôme Deschamps. Elisabeth Kulman, Angelika Kirchschlager and Christopher Ventris sing the lead roles.

See more at the Vienna State Opera website.

Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 8

Posted on 22 January 2012

It’s the final day of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes here in Paris, with two more concerts of Rihm’s string quartets.

Hagen Quartet

14.30 QUATUOR CAPUÇON
including Rihm’s Fetzen 1

17:30 HAGEN QUARTET
including Rihm’s Tristesse d’une étoile and Fetzen 2

Full score of Tristesse d’une étoile

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Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 7

Posted on 21 January 2012

We move into the final weekend of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la musique in Paris, with three Rihm string quartets on the programme today.

Quatuor Ysaÿe

11:00 Quatuor Ysaÿe
including Wolfgang Rihm’s Quartettstudie

Full score

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14:30 Arditti Quartett
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 5

Full score

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20:30 Prazák Quartet
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 4

Full score

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Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 6

Posted on 18 January 2012

It’s day 6 of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la musique in Paris.

Arditti Quartet

19:00 ARDITTI QUARTET / JERUSALEM QUARTET
including Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet No. 3

Full score

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20:30 BORODIN QUARTET
including Wolfgang Rihm’s Grave – In memoriam Thomas Kakuska

Full score

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Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 5

Posted on 18 January 2012

It’s day 5 of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la musique in Paris.

Quatuor Diotima

19:00 QUATUOR DIOTIMA
including Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet No. 1 and String Quartet No. 8

Full score of String Quartet No. 1

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Full score of String Quartet No. 8

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20:30 ARDITTI QUARTET / QUATUOR ÉBÈNE
including the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet No. 13 (commissioned by the Cité de la musique)

Full score

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Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 4

Posted on 18 January 2012

Its day 4 of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

Cuarteto Casals

19:00 CUARTETO CASALS
including Wolfgang Rihm’s Zwischenblick “Selbsthenker”

Full score

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20:30 KRONOS QUARTET
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 7

Full score

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Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 3

Posted on 17 January 2012

After a day off, the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes continues with day 3 at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

Tokyo String Quartet

20:30 TOKYO STRING QUARTET
including
Rihm’s brief Zwischen den Zeilen

Full score

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Lulu and a Vixen at the Welsh National Opera

Posted on 16 January 2012

David Pountney

Artistic Director David Pountney has just announced the 2012–2014 programme of the Welsh National Opera.

Under the title Free Spirits, the WNO is presenting Alban Berg’s Lulu and Leoš Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen in spring 2013.

The full programme is here (PDF file).

Francis Burt in discussion

Posted on 16 January 2012

Francis Burt (left) and Peter Burwik

Here’s a picture of composer Francis Burt in discussion with conductor Peter Burwik at the Austrian Society of Music on 12 Jan.

Burt, who celebrated his 85th birthday last year, spoke of his life, the important milestones in his career as a composer, his recently completed opera Mahan and his plans for the future!

Francis Burt biography and list of works

Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 2

Posted on 15 January 2012

It's day 2 of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

Zemlinsky Quartet

14:30 ZEMLINSKY QUARTET
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 10

Full score

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17:30 QUATUOR TETRAKTYS
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 6

Full score

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Rihm String Quartets in Paris – Day 1

Posted on 14 January 2012

The 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes is now underway in Paris, presenting the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm amongst a range of other works. To celebrate, we are posting the full scores of many of the works here and on ISSUU.com.

The festival begins today (Saturday 14 Jan) with three concerts.

Quatuor Thymos

14:30 QUATUOR THYMOS
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 9

17:00 QUATUOR VOCE

including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 2 and String Quartet No. 11

The full score of String Quartet No. 11 is here

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20:30 QUATUOR MODIGLIANI
including Rihm’s “Streichquartett” and String Quartet in G

The full scores are here:

Streichquartett 

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String Quartet in G

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David Sawer in New York

Posted on 12 January 2012

David SawerDavid Sawer is in New York, where he is presenting his ballet Rumpelstiltskin at the 2012 Congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts.

Together with Stephen Newbould from the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, David is participating in the “Pitch New Works Now” session of the conference.

Fingers crossed for the first US performance of Rumpelstiltskin, a work that the Times called “a tour de force of mostly ominous effects and gradually mounting frenzy”.


Clarification

I was a little unclear in this post. The work was not itself performed, but presented to the delegates of the congress. Our crossed fingers refer to the hope that one of the delegates was so overwhelmed as to plan a new production of the ballet.

Apologies for any confusion.

Mahagonny at the Israeli Opera

Posted on 10 January 2012

Mahagonny Israeli Opera

Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny opens in a new production at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv this Thursday.

Watch conductor David Stern and director Omri Nitzan talking about the work and the production.

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