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John Adams conducts Pärt

Posted on 05 April 2012

John Adams

John Adams conducts Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten with the Los Angeles Philharmonic tonight.

The programme also includes Adams’ own Violin Concerto (with Leila Josefowicz as the soloist) and the US West-Coast première of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 9.

Here’s an excerpt of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten:

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Schnyder Violin Concerto in the USA

Posted on 04 April 2012

Orchestra For a New Century The Orchestra For a New Century gives the US première of Daniel Schnyder’s Violin Concerto in Madison, New Jersey, tonight.

Gary Schneider conducts. Francesca Anderegg is the soloist.

Listen to an audio excerpt on this page.

UE History on Facebook

Posted on 03 April 2012


We thought we’d add a bit of company history to our new Facebook timeline.

Have a look right down at the bottom of the timeline to see a rather bold press release about the founding of the company in 1901, as well as news of our director, and a wonderful art nouveau share certificate.

Use these links to jump straight to 1901, 1907 and 1908.

Total Immersion Arvo Pärt

Posted on 02 April 2012

Watch the BBC’s short film on their forthcoming Total Immersion Arvo Pärt, which takes place on 28 April at the Barbican in London.

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Atmosphères in Georgia

Posted on 30 March 2012

György Ligeti's Atmosphères is performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Georgia tonight in Tbilisi. Nika Memanishvili conducts. 

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mini-Mahler in Berlin

Posted on 27 March 2012 (comments: 1)

Tomorrow night, the ensemble mini gives the world premiére of Klaus Simon’s new arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.

Watch on YouTube

Follow Mini Mahler on Facebook.

Happy Birthday Pierre Boulez

Posted on 26 March 2012

For the first issue of our new newsletter Musikblätter, Pierre Boulez spoke to Universal Edition about his own music.

“Sometimes you discover yourself”

Happy Birthday Pierre Boulez!

Happy Birthday Béla Bartók

Posted on 25 March 2012

Béla BartókHappy Birthday Béla Bartók (25.03.1881—26.09.1945).

See a full work list here and read our introduction here.

A full list of forthcoming performances can be found in our performance database.

Happy Birthday Cristóbal Halffter

Posted on 24 March 2012

Cristóbal Halffter

Happy Birthday Cristóbal Halffter!

UE at the Frankfurt Music Fair

Posted on 20 March 2012


We are at the Frankfurt Music Fair this week. Come and see us in Hall 3.1, Stand C42 from Wednesday to Saturday.

For photos and live updates from Frankfurt, follow our pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Wolfgang Rihm in Leipzig

Posted on 15 March 2012

Rihm at the Gewandhaus

Continuing in Wolfgang Rihm’s incredibly full birthday week, the Gewandhaus Orchestra will give the world première of Samothrake for soprano and orchestra in Leipzig tonight.

Ulf Schirmer conducts and Anna Prohaska is the soloist.

See also the redesigned Gewandhaus Facebook page.

The Rise and Fall of the City of Athens

Posted on 13 March 2012


In a poignant if unforeseen comment on the financial crisis in Greece, Kurt Weill’s opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny comes to the Megaron in Athens tonight in the acclaimed production from Madrid’s Teatro Real.

Art mirrors reality once again. The Madrid performance was accompanied by a public sector strike, with uncollected rubbish lying in the streets of the capital.

Happy Birthday Wolfgang Rihm

Posted on 13 March 2012

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition / Eric Marinitsch

Happy 60th Birthday Wolfgang Rihm!

See also our news item.

Here is a full list of works by Wolfgang Rihm, as well as a list of forthcoming performances and our complete overview of radio broadcasts.

Our comprehensive new catalogue of Rihm's works is also online.

The night before Rihm’s birthday

Posted on 12 March 2012

On the eve of his 60th birthday, three radio broadcasts portray the composer Wolfgang Rihm.
Wolfgang Rihm: Fremde Szene III
Karol Szymanowski: Mythes: 2. Narcisse
Christine Busch, vln; Conradin Brotbek, vc; Cornelis Witthoefft, pno
SWR2 | Listen live
Monday, 12.03.2012, 20:03*

Wolfgang Rihm: 3. Streichquartett
Wolfgang Rihm: Schrift-Um-Schrift
Wolfgang Rihm: Das Gehege
Andreas Göbel in conversation with the composer.
Kulturradio | Listen live
Monday, 12.03.2012, 21:04*

Wolfgang Rihm: Am Horizont
Ensemble Recherche
Arnold Schönberg: Bläserquintett
Bläserquintett Heinz Holliger
SWR2 | Listen live
Monday, 12.03.2012, 23:03*

* Vienna, Paris, Berlin time

See our overview of radio broadcasts this week.

The Ninth of March, by Berio and Birtwistle

Posted on 09 March 2012

Harrison Birtwistle (photo: Eric Marinitsch)

Harrison Birtwistle’s Silbury Air for chamber ensemble was given its world première on 9 March 1977 by the London Sinfonietta.

“Silbury Air is named after Silbury Hill, a prehistoric mound in Wiltshire, the biggest artificial mound in Europe, being 125 feet high and covering more than five acres. Its use and purpose, after centuries of speculation, still remain a mystery.”

(Harrison Birtwistle)

“A vigorous and eventful fifteen minute piece, full of sharp motoric rhythms that (until the very end) tend to accelerate.

The result is dramatic and immediately exciting, contradicting in its vitality the idea of static blocks of sound on which Birtwistle has usually relied, but equally showing the firmest possible architectural sense, with each section relating naturally and satisfyingly to the rest. With so much argument crammed into so relatively short a span, it is a work that cries out for early repetition.”

(Edward Greenfield, The Guardian 10.03.1977)

Luciano Berio’s La vera storia (Azione musicale in 2 parti) was given its world première on 9 March 1982 at the Scala in Milan.

“To say what happens in La Vera Storia is not easy, and I don’t know that it’s all that useful, granted that this is a work which tells its own story … If I weren’t afraid of being misunderstood or appearing rude, I wouldn’t even have written these lines.“

(Luciano Berio)

Wolfgang Schreiber said of the première: “Berio’s theme is tension, and the violent conflict between individual and state or society, of people and power, of freedom and authority.”