We’re still celebrating Schönberg’s estate being included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, so here’s another chance to hear Wolfgang Rihm talking (in German) about Schönberg’s Variations Op. 31.
Here are translated excerpts.
Our new newsletter, the Musikblätter, has just been released. The first issue has interviews with Pierre Boulez on his own music, Ingo Metzmacher talking about Schreker, Pablo Heras-Casado talking about Weill, Rihm on Schönberg, and a wealth of information about our composers, their works and their forthcoming projects and performances.
Read below with the snazzy online viewer (click for fullscreen), or download a PDF file.
Arte Live Web’s video streams from the Leipzig Mahler Festival are online for some time still.
Watch full concert recordings of the London Symphony Orchestra, The Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, among others.
The first Mahler interview to appear on our Gustav Mahler Blog was with Daniel Barenboim, back in June 2009. Since then, we’re proud to say that all 27 videos have now been viewed more than 30,000 times. It’s heart-warming to see how much interest there has been in the series.
Here they are in all their glory:
Gustav Mahler’s grave in Vienna today, 100 years after his death. Floral tributes were made by the New York Philharmonic, the City of Vienna and Universal Edition, among others.
In advance of the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death tomorrow, here are a few pointers to activities, concerts and reports to be found across the internet.
The German Theatre Museum is showing the exhibition Gustav Mahler - Composer, Opera Director, Conductor until 18 September. The exhibition features the video interviews made by Universal Edition (you can watch them all on our Mahler Blog).
Rehearsals are underway here at the Jerwood Space in London for Luke Bedford’s new opera Seven Angels.
The Opera Group is conducted by Nicholas Collon, John Fulljames is directing.
“I’m greatly moved and I’d like to thank the Classic BRIT Awards and my country,” Pärt said in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday.
The full ceremony will be broadcast in the UK on ITV1 at 10pm on Sunday 29 May.
Reviewing the world première for the Neue Musikzeitung, Gerhard Rohde wrote:
“The richness of rhythmic finesse and complexity is astounding, giving the work an overwhelming physical liveliness. The sophisticated sound that Cerha invents for both the orchestral part and for the formidable percussion ensemble is also fascinating.”
Cologne’s ‘new’ new music festival Acht Brücken (Eight Bridges) starts this weekend, and is dedicated to the music of Pierre Boulez.
Boulez himself conducts the opening concert, with works by Ravel, Schönberg and Stravinsky.
Further highlights of the festival include performances of Le Marteau sans maître and sur Incises with Ensemble intercontemporain; Répons, performed by the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble with Reinbert de Leeuw; and the grand finale concert with MusikFabrik conducted by Pascal Rophé, where Pli selon pli will be heard.
This Saturday, Luke Bedford’s new piece for the Wigmore Hall (where he is composer-in-residence) will be given its world première.
This Saturday afternoon, the Staatskapelle's artistic programmer Tobias Niederschlag and Staud talked about his music in a public podium discussion (and relaxed in the sun afterwards).