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David Fennessy Portrait Concert in Stuttgart

Posted on 14 June 2012

Horch / Listen Stuttgart - click for a PDF file of the folder

This Friday, David Fennessy presents what you could call a “staged concert” (to use Heiner Goebbels’s term) at the Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. The concert starts at sunset, and the audience walks for about 10 minutes into the forest adjoining the Schloss, where in the little hut there Sabine Ahrendt will perform Little Bird Barking for violin (or as the composer writes “for violinist and forest sounds”).

“The violinist is not attempting to 'harmonise' with the forest sounds but rather seems like an alien creature transplanted from a different habitat who nevertheless attempts to add their voice to the chorus!”

The audience then returns towards the Schloss and arrives at the Scheune (barn), where Sonia Cromarty will perform The room is the resonator (for cello and electronics) followed by Rest (for violin, cello and electronics). The recorded part was created at the hut mentioned above during Fennessy’s residence at Schloss Solitude last year.

As Fennessy writes: “There is a kind of narrative running throughout the three pieces, including in a way, the walking between them. The resounding question is one of the performers’ ‘voice’, literally and metaphorically, and how it adapts to its surroundings. All three pieces contain extended vocalising from the performers which, I feel, helps to imprint their individual identity onto the performance. In all three cases, the fragile voice emerges from behind the instrumental shield.”

Click the image above for a PDF file of the brochure.

Dallapiccola’s Volo di notte in Munich

Posted on 11 June 2012

Luigi Dallapiccola’s 1939 one-act opera Volo di notte (Night Flight), based on the story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, comes to the Akademietheater in Munich tomorrow night.

The opera is a coproduction between the Bavarian Theatre Academy August Everding and the Munich Music Conservatoire. Tobias Peschanel conducts; stage direction is by Igor Pison; the stage design and costumes by Evelin Maria Arwek.

Our English introduction is here.

Here is some further reading (in German) from our archives (on sometimes dodgy typewriters). Click the images for PDF files.

Our “Propaganda” folder from the 1950s

Dallapiccola: Volo di Notte

Die Story – Nachtflug

Dallapiccola: Volo di Notte - Die Story

Zur Erstaufführung

Dallapiccola: Volo di Notte - Zur Erstaufführung

Luciano Berio’s Ofanim in Paris

Posted on 08 June 2012

Luciano Berio (photo: Eric Marinitsch)

Ensemble intercontemporain gives the French première of Luciano Berio’s Ofanim tomorrow. Susanna Mälkki conducts.

Pierre-Yves Macé introduces the work in the ensemble’s Accents online series, (in French).

New Vykintas Baltakas Website

Posted on 06 June 2012

Baltakas Website

Vykintas Baltakas’ new website is live.

Find information on the composer, his works, texts, photos and performances at

Follow Baltakas also on Twitter @baltakas and Posterous.

Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Posted on 01 June 2012

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 2012This year the prestigious Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, still one of the most important musical events in Italy, reaches its 75th edition.

Two works by Béla Bartók will be staged in one evening, the ballet The miraculous Mandarin (choreography by Jo Kanamori) and the opera Bluebeard’s Castle.

On 6 June Wolfgang Rihm’s Der Maler träumt and Arnold Schönberg’s Pelleas and Melisande in the version for chamber orchestra by Cliff Colnot can be heard for the first time in Italy.

New Chamber Opera Catalogue

Posted on 25 May 2012

We have just published a new comprehensive catalogue of chamber operas, music theatre works and reduced versions of operas.

Download a PDF file of the catalogue (21MB)

In Portrait: Harrison Birtwistle

Posted on 24 May 2012

The London Sinfonietta presents a portrait of Harrison Birtwistle at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London tonight. David Atherton conducts.

On the programme are Cortege, Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum, 5 Distances for 5 Instruments and the the UK première of In Broken Images.

In the first half of the concert, Tom Service talks to Harrison Birtwistle about his music.

Watch Birtwistle in conversation with the Southbank Centre’s Gillian Moore.

Watch on YouTube.

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Posted on 24 May 2012

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Kunst hat Recht

Posted on 24 May 2012

Here’s the latest video from the Austrian initiative Kunst hat Recht (Art Has Rights).

“It has never been so easy to take someone’s art away”

More information (in German) at Kunst hat Recht.

Watch on YouTube.

Ilan Volkov presents the New Century

Posted on 23 May 2012

Conductor Ilan Volkov introduces the New Century concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Volkov and the BBC SSO perform Schönberg, Berg and Webern on Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Pass The Spoon – A sort of opera

Posted on 22 May 2012

Pass The Spoon

Pass the Spoon is a ‘sort of opera’ composed by David Fennessy in collaboration with visual artist David Shrigley and director Nicholas Bone.

Watch the full video now on the new website.

Golden Lion for Pierre Boulez

Posted on 21 May 2012

Pierre Boulez (Photo: Eric Marinitsch)

Pierre Boulez receives the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the Venice Biennale.

The director of the music sector, Ivan Fedele, stated:

“This is a recognition of the absolute value of an artist who has lived through the history of contemporary music, offering the entire world compositions that, in the opinion of musicologists and artists from around the world, are true masterpieces of modernity.

The Maestro’s work has also expressed itself in the theoretical field with exemplary books that have served as a guide and model for generations of young composers. Furthermore, as a conductor, Boulez has offered interpretations of the classical and contemporary repertoire that are now considered milestones.”

Congratulations maestro!

Read more on the Biennale website

The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glyndebourne Festival

Posted on 18 May 2012

Cunning Little Vixen, Glyndebourne Festival 2012

Glyndebourne Festival will open on May 20 and is running until August. It starts with a new production of Leos Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen, directed by Melly Still. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Read an interview with Lucy Crowe (Vixen) in the Daily Telegraph.
Read an interview with Melly Still in the Sunday Express.

Following a successful partnership with the Guardian last year, and will stream Janácek's opera live from the Festival.

A Lulu world première in Giessen

Posted on 11 May 2012

Lulu Gießen 2012, photo: Rolf K. Wegst

Eberhard Kloke’s new arrangement of Lulu for chamber orchestra – including his new version of the third act – is given its world première in Giessen tomorrow night.

The smaller orchestration opens up Berg’s masterpiece to smaller theatres and stages that previously struggled with the size of the orchestra.

Colin Matthews’ Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde

Posted on 10 May 2012

Sir Mark ElderSir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra give the world première of Colin Matthews’ new version of Mahler’s Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde tonight.

The work is part of a complete performance of Das Lied von der Erde at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Matthews’ version has a slightly lighter orchestra than Mahler’s original, giving the tenor soloist (tonight Lars Cleveman) a greater prominence.