The iconic ZaterdagMatinee concert series in Amsterdam begins a special season dedicated to Wolfgang Rihm this Saturday.
During the forthcoming concert series, works by Rihm will be included in eight of the matinee concerts presented by the Dutch Radio at the Concertgebouw.
The series begins with the world première of Rihm’s Der Maler träumt for baritone and ensemble given by Christian Miedl and the Asko|Schönberg ensemble, alongside a performance of Male über Male 2 with clarinettist Jörg Widmann. Reinbert de Leeuw conducts. Music by Schreker and Widmann will also be performed.
Read more on the NTR website.
The Viennese weekly newspaper Der Falter talks of the “considerable attraction” of the music.
Morton Feldman’s works are here.
The Gewandhausorchester is in Vienna this week with its chief conductor Riccardo Chailly. For full details of the continuing tour of their Beethoven series, see the Gewandhaus website.
Tonight, they present the Austrian première of Friedrich Cerha’s Paraphrase on the beginning of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Jonathan Nott celebrates his 500th concert with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra tonight, including Schubert’s 7th and Mahler’s 4th.
In honour of the occasion, the concert will be broadcast live on the internet from the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra website.
Watch our interview with Jonathan Nott, in which he talks about the music of Gustav Mahler
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.