The 2011 Donaueschingen Festival starts tomorrow with a concert given by the RSO Baden-Baden and Freiburg together with the Ensemble MusikFabrik.
Emilio Pomàrico conducts the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Séraphin”-Symphonie. The work is the latest incarnation of a “complex” of works that carry a reference to Antonin Artaud and his work.
To learn more, see this Rihm-Artaud-Overview, showing how the works are connected (PDF file – with thanks to Ulrich Mosch from the Sacher Foundation in Basel).
Visit the Donaueschingen pages at the SWR website, including videos from last year’s festival.
The concert will be broadcast live on SWR2 Radio at 8pm Paris time on 14 October. Listen online.
Artist in Residence David Geringas is accompanied by Ian Fountain.
See the full score of Commentum and listen to an excerpt on this page.
Johannes Maria Staud is featured at the closing weekend of this year’s Festival Musica in Strasbourg.
This Thursday, On Comparative Meteorology for orchestra is given its French premiere by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg conducted by Pascal Rophé.
On Saturday, the SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart performs Contrebande (On Comparative Meteorology II), conducted by Anton Zapf.
The US premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ chants oubliés for chamber orchestra takes place tonight in Los Angeles.
Otto Tausk conducts the LA Phil New Music Group at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The title refers to late works by Franz Liszt (Valses oubliés, Romance oubliée) – Liszt’s technique of presenting one-part melodies in a different sound environment (often that of the piano) is applied here to the possibilities of the chamber orchestra.
Steve Reich is 75 years old today. Many happy returns!
Our friends at Boosey & Hawkes have published an excellent video documentary about the man and his music.
Visit the Steve Reich website here.
AD LUCEM. Arte Contemporanea per Arvo Pärt
This Saturday (1 Oct) an exhibition of contemporary art dedicated to Arvo Pärt and curated by Angela Madesani opens at the Studio La Città in Verona.
A tribute concert will take place on Saturday 8 Oct with the composer in attendance.
“A sensual musical bath of sonorous reverberation and exotic resonance, music that shimmers and glints with a seductive play of instrumental timbres”
In the same article, Gillian Moore, the Southbank Centre’s head of contemporary culture, asks if Boulez’ Pli selon Pli is “greatest orchestral work of the past 50 years”.
The Southbank Centre’s Exquisite Labyrinth: The Music of Pierre Boulez, takes place from Friday 30 Sept to Sunday 2 Oct.
Congratulations to The Opera Group for their production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, now on at the Young Vic in London.
The Telegraph gave it four coveted stars: “If you want to see a theatre at full stretch and maximum throttle, head to the Young Vic, which is reviving its thrilling production of Kurt Weill’s 1947 ‘Broadway opera’, Street Scene.”
The production tours to Vienna and around the UK following its run in London. See the Opera Group website for dates and venues.
Our recent releases have received some great reviews in the international press. Here’s a selection of the juicy bits.
Play the Piano!
“This new adult beginner guide makes an excellent attempt at achieving the unachievable.”
“I have nothing but praise for the way in which aural skills are built up throughout the book.”
“A useful publication for the adult beginner” (International Piano Magazine)
“The book goes to the top of the pile of piano tutorials currently available for the older beginner.” (The Pianist Magazine)
Solo Tango Solo Piano
“The perfect way to explore the spirit of real tango” (Music Teacher Magazine)
Nikolai Podgornov’s Graded Pieces for Piano Volume 2
“These three volumes could constitute your entire curriculum and nothing would be neglected.” (In Ten of the Best, Music Teacher Magazine)
Repertoire Explorer Clarinet Book 2
“A useful and well-presented book which I will certainly be using in the future, and I hope that more volumes of Repertoire Explorer come to fruition soon.” (Music Teacher Magazine)
Mary Karen Clardy
Classic Etudes for Flute
“This is a good choice of study book which includes some technical and musical challenges and would suit intermediate players.” (Flute Magazine)
“If you can’t afford the lot, pick almost anywhere … These are stimulating releases. What next, I wonder?” (Music Teacher Magazine)
Sonata in C major Op. 15
from the New Karl Scheit Guitar Edition
“A great sonata; lots of fun, hard but not too much so and a piece that unlike so much from this era of guitar music, really has something to say.”
“A flawless edition.” (Classical Guitar Magazine)
Santiago De Murcia
Villanos – Fandango – Gallardas – Cumbees – Marizapalos – La Jotta
from the New Karl Scheit Guitar Edition
“Most players of moderate to intermediate standard will be able to enjoy the interesting melodies and part writing … Nicely printed and produced.” (Classical Guitar Magazine)
Gaspard de la Nuit - Wiener Urtext Edition
“What this new offering does is to combine state-of-the-art musicological research and authenticity with down-to-earth help for aspiring interpreters … The most detailed critical commentary I have yet seen for this music”
“A multipurpose edition that deserves widespread admiration.” (International Piano Magazine)
Here’s a snapshot from last week’s première of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
The production by La Fura dels Baus came to Moscow fresh from its success at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
The banners read “Freedom for the Oligarchs” and “For a fair justice”.
How do locals and visitors escape and find respite in New York, a “city that never sleeps”?
The Guggenheim Museum responds with stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the museum’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of New York’s five boroughs.
For the second edition of stillspotting nyc, Arvo Pärt and the renowned architects’ studio Snøhetta collaborate on a series of stillspots around Lower Manhattan that explore the special relationship between space and sound.
Read more on the stillspotting website.