Beautiful – Georg Friedrich Haas’ Morgen und Abend and the “Total Immersion: Boulez at 90” programme made it into Fiona Maddocks’ best classical music of 2015 article:
“If you value the characteristics of Janáček’s music, this is the ideal edition” says Dieter Flury, the Vienna Philharmonic’s principal flutist and former general manager after the Austrian première of The Makropulos Affair in Jiří Zahrádka’s revised edition at the Vienna State Opera.
Jakub Hrůša made his first appearance as conductor at the State Opera and was applauded as enthusiastically as Laura Aikin as Emilia Marty in Peter Stein’s staging of the opera.
Here are snapshots of the composer at the rehearsals for Kleine Litanei and sitting next to the Austrian first lady Margit Fischer at the world première of the work at the St Virgil's Chapel.
The next chance to listen to Kleine Litanei will be at the Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk on 16 May.
Members of the Ensemble Wiener Collage present a portrait concert of Vykintas Baltakas on 12 December at the Kunstverein Alte Schmiede in Vienna: cellist Roland Schueler, pianist Jaime Wolfson and violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova will perform works from the composer’s oeuvre. Vykintas Baltakas will be present at the concert.
for violoncello and piano | 10'
Roland Schueler, vc; Jaime Wolfson, pno
Eine kleine Nachtmusik
for violin solo | 6'
Bojidara Kouzmanova, vln
(how does the silver cloud s)ou(nd?)
for piano | 5'
Jaime Wolfson, pno
for piano and tape | 5'
Jaime Wolfson, pno
The Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble will perform Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht, which was inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name, as part of their Christmas concert on 10 December at the Church of our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in London.
They play the piece along with the Symphony in B Flat by Carlos Seixas and Fantasia upon one note by Henry Purcell.
Das Mystische, das, was fast nicht erklärbar ist, und der Entschluss, sich auf der Bühne nach einer gewissen Zeit nicht mehr zu schminken, das Innen nach Außen zu transformieren, die konsequente Reduktion von Dekoration auf der Bühne - das hat viel mit Arvo Pärt zu tun. (John Neumeier on Duse)
Alessandra Ferri dances the title role of John Neumeier’s new ballet Duse, which premières this Sunday at the Staatsoper Hamburg.
The ballet features music by Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten, Simon Hewett conducts the orchestra of the Staatsoper Hamburg.
“Lorenz Traummusik is my second string quartet; it relates to the American mathematician Edward Lorenz, considered the father of chaos theory. I concentrate in the piece mainly on the various temporal aspects of music, microtonality, characteristics of Klangfarbe and musical application of chaos theory, which particularly interests me at the moment.”
Juan de Dios Magdaleno’s String quartet No. 2 ‘Lorenz’ Traummusik’ will be premièred tonight by the Minetti Quartett at the MuTh in Vienna. De Dios Magdaleno is the winner of last year’s Ö1 Kompositionspreis, which is endowed with 10.000 Euro and was given for the fourth time by Ö1, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) and Universal Edition.
Door 2 of our 2015 Advent calendar is ready to open!
Every day, five lucky visitors to the UE Advent calendar will receive a free copy of the publication – so be quick and visit us every day, it’s worth it.
Not much happens, but Georg Friedrich Haas’s new opera is a mesmerising evocation of the great hereafter. (Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 22 November 2015)
Although little or no change in dynamic happens throughout, the soundscapes are spectacularly eerie, casting quite a mood in the vast hall and filling the space with atmospheric emotion. It is incredible to see such a huge orchestra employed in such a way, each instrument being used in a more creative and unusual way to create these unfamiliar sounds. (Lydia Lakemoore, A Younger Theatre, 15 November 2015)
Brandauer has called the opera a Gesamtkunstwerk, a fitting description for its unified artistic vision, even if comparisons with Wagner (or any other opera composer) are beside the point. (Gavin Dixon, bachtrack, 14 November 2015)
But if you are susceptible to Haas's musical language it will creep under your skin as it did mine. (Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage, 14 November 2015)
Interested in the audience’s reactions? Find them here: Your Reaction: Morgen und Abend.
In tribute to Pierre Boulez, this special evening brings together three great moments of musical and choreographic modernity and reunites two other major creative forces of the 20th century whose works Boulez has often conducted: György Ligeti and Igor Stravinsky.
Set to Boulez’ Anthèmes II, British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s ballet Alea Sands will première on 3 December at the Opéra national de Paris and be performed together with Polyphonie and Le Sacre du printemps.
Listen to a podcast produced by the Opéra national de Paris:
“I don't know to what extent it is Janáček's calculated intention and to what extent it is his instinctive feel for drama, feel for theatre, but I believe there are actually no mistakes in this opera. It is remarkable.” (Marko Ivanović on The Makropulos Case)
Marko Ivanović is conducting The Makropulos Case by Leoš Janáček at the Göteborg Opera. David Radok’s production opened on 21 November, further performances take place on 25 and 29 November, 3, 6, 9 and 12 December and 16 and 24 January.
Watch an interview with the conductor:
The version performed is the revised edition by Jirí Zahrádka, which will also be performed this December at the Vienna State Opera.