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Pierre Boulez on ... explosante-fixe ...

Posted on 12 July 2011

Watch Pierre Boulez talking to Emmanuel Pahud about his … explosante-fixe … on the occasion of its performance with the Berlin Philharmonic in September 2010.

View on the Berlin Philharmonic website

Shostakovich’s Opera The Nose in Aix-en-Provence

Posted on 08 July 2011

Shostakovich The Nose, Aix-en-Provence, Photo (c) Pascal Victor / Artcomart

Shostakovich’s opera The Nose opens at the Aix-en-Provence Festival tonight in the celebrated production by William Kentridge.

Kazushi Ono conducts the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lyon.

The performance at 5pm on 14 July will be broadcast live on radio classique.

This staging is a coproduction between the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the New York Met, and the Opéra National de Lyon, where it can be seen this October.

Watch a video trailer from the New York performances

Shostakovich The Nose Trailer

and an interview with William Kentridge

Shostakovich The Nose Interview with William Kentridge

Anthony Tommasini’s review of the New York production is here.

Seven Sevens

Posted on 07 July 2011

7 Klangräume TitelSeven sevens for the 7th

Georg Friedrich Haas
7 Klangräume (2005)

Arvo Pärt
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen (1988, 1991)

Wolfgang Rihm
7 Passions-Texte (2001-2006)

Gunther Schuller
7 Studies on Themes of Paul Klee (1959)

Nigel Osborne
7 Words (1971)

Luke Bedford
Seven Angels (2009-2011)

Ian Wilson
The Seven Last Words (1995)

Edo de Waart on Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony

Posted on 07 July 2011

Here’s conductor Edo de Waart talking about Alexander Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, on the occasion of his performance this spring with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

July overview of top 20 music blogs

Posted on 05 July 2011

Norman Lebrecht, Tom Service, Gavin Plumley has published its July overview of the top 20 music blogs.

Congratulations to Norman Lebrecht (Slipped Disc at No. 12), Tom Service (Tom Service on Classical Music at No. 16) and Gavin Plumley (Entartete Musik at No. 20) for banging the drum for classical and contemporary music.

Arvo Pärt performs his Vater unser for Pope Benedict XVI

Posted on 04 July 2011

Arvo Pärt, Heldur Harry Põlda, Photo (c) Priit GreppAt 11 o’clock this morning, Arvo Pärt will be performing his Vater unser (Our Father) for Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in the Vatican celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination.

You can watch a video live stream on the website.

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There's also an audio excerpt of Pärt himself performing with the soprano Heldur Harry Põlda.

Dionysos in Amsterdam

Posted on 30 June 2011

The Dutch performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera Dionysos have just come to an end, to much critical acclaim in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands Opera has published a video presenting the work, including interviews with Rihm and with stage director Pierre Audi.

Watch on YouTube.

The full recording of the Amsterdam production is still online at Radio4 Netherlands. And the full vocal score is here.

From the House of the Dead in Zurich

Posted on 28 June 2011

The final performance of Peter Konwitschny’s new production of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead takes place this Friday in Zurich.

Read an interview (in German) with conductor Ingo Metzmacher and director Peter Konwitschny in the Zurich Opera Magazine.

View on Issuu.

Video trailer for Seven Angels

Posted on 27 June 2011

Luke Bedford’s opera Seven Angels comes to the Tramway in Glasgow tomorrow. Here’s the new video trailer.

Watch on YouTube.

London Sinfonietta at the Aldeburgh Festival

Posted on 24 June 2011

AldeburghPeter Eötvös conducts the London Sinfonietta at the Aldeburgh Festival tomorrow.

On the programme is Pierre Boulez’ … explosante-fixe …, alongside works by Marco Stroppa and Peter Eötvös himself.

Full transcript of our Alan Gilbert interview now online

Posted on 24 June 2011 (comments: 1)

Alan Gilbert on Gustav Mahler“When the New York Philharmonic plays Mahler, I enjoy this deep feeling of pathos”

The full transcript of our Gustav Mahler video interview with Alan Gilbert is now online (as is the video itself).

Vixen opens in New York

Posted on 22 June 2011

Vixen in New YorkThe New York Philharmonic’s production of the Cunning Little Vixen opens at the Avery Fisher Hall tonight.

“Music Director Alan Gilbert, director/designer Doug Fitch, and the New York Philharmonic invite you into the woods, with Avery Fisher Hall transformed into a fantastical forest filled with talking frogs, singing mosquitoes and badgers, and one very fetching little fox.”

See production photos on the NYPhil’s Facebook page.

Luke Bedford - Looking for Paradise

Posted on 17 June 2011

Looking for Paradise in BirminghamLuke Bedford is in Birmingham for tonight’s world première of his new opera Seven Angels, based on Milton’s Paradise Lost. The libretto is by Glyn Maxwell. Read his article in the Guardian about the work.

Andrew Clements chose Seven Angels as one of his picks of live music this week, also in the Guardian.

Director John Fulljames and Luke Bedford spoke to the BBC’s In Tune programme yesterday. Listen again here (about 1:06 in).

Seven Angels is an Opera Group and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group production, co-produced with ROH2 and Tramway. Nicholas Collon conducts.

Listen to Rihm’s Dionysos from Amsterdam

Posted on 17 June 2011 (comments: 2)


Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Dionysos was broadcast live from the Holland Festival in Amsterdam yesterday. The recording is online for a short period at the Dutch Radio4 website (the opera begins about 35 minutes in).

The full vocal score is online here.

Staud world première in Paris

Posted on 17 June 2011

Johannes Maria StaudJohannes Maria Staud’s new work for the ensemble intercontemporain, Par ici! is given its world première tonight in Paris. Susanna Mälkki conducts.

The performance is part of the Festival Agora.