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The Darmstadt Aural Documents – Pianists

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 July 2016

International Music Institute Darmstadt

Here we can find more than 4000 sound recordings, over 45000 scores, a comprehensive collection of pictures and photographs, many lecture notes and a large body of correspondence between the leading figures of contemporary music, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Bruno Maderna, Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Mauricio Kagel, Brian Ferneyhough and Wolfgang Rihm. (Thomas Schäfer, Darmstadt International Institute of Music)

International Music Institute DarmstadtIt’s been six years since Box 1 of the Darmstadt Aural Documents was released on NEOS, granting access to some rarities from the sound archives of the International Music Institute Darmstadt.

Today, on 11 July 2016, Box 4 is released, which puts a focus on piano pieces – and includes works by UE composers such as Pierre Boulez, Vykintas Baltakas,  Wolfgang Rihm, Arnold Schönberg, Béla Bartók, Anton Webern, Hans Erich Apostel, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág and Mauricio Kagel.

Find out more on NEOS  

Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek (23 May 1924 – 5 July 2016)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 July 2016

Gladys Krenek in front of the Krenek-Portrait by Franz Rederer (2001) (c) Petra Preinfalk / Ernst Krenek Institut

Universal Edition mourns the death of Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek.

As Ernst Krenek’s ingenious partner, Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek tirelessly broke new ground for an appreciation of Krenek’s visions – in his spirit, but with the productive imagination of a strong personality.

Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek, herself a composer, died on 5 July in Palm Springs.

Antje Müller of the Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung on Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek:

“A wonderful personality who actively participated with enormous expertise in the propagation of Ernst Krenek’s works, Gladys Nordenstrom Krenek was always friendly and charming up to the end. We will miss her!”

The conductor’s interviews: Gustav Mahler

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 July 2016

Gustav Mahler was born today in 1860 – happy birthday! 

We asked the world’s best conductors when they first heard the music of Mahler – this is what they said:

Watch all the interviews 

Rave reviews for the ENO’s Jenůfa

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 July 2016

[Mark Wigglesworth] gives an unbearably moving account of the score. (Cara Chanteau, The Independent, 27 June 2016)

This is Janáček done slowly and lyrically, with the emphasis placed on the score’s dark poetry and depth of musical and psychological detail. The opera’s passion and compassion burn fiercely yet lingeringly: this is an interpretation that seeps under your skin rather than hits you in the solar plexus and is unquestionably all the more powerful for it. (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 24 June 2016)

Wigglesworth has an extraordinary grasp of this score and the orchestra play their hearts out for him. (Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 27 June 2016)

Jenůfa, ENORight from the searing, bittersweet opening, the music’s warmth and humanity speak directly. Even the most flawed characters are given the benefit of musical nuance (John Allison, The Telegraph, 27 June 2016)

On 23 June Mark Wigglesworth and the ENO orchestra premièred David Alden’s production of Jenůfa at the English National Opera. American soprano Laura Wilde made her role debut as Jenůfa, with Michaela Martens as her stepmother the Kostelnička.

Further performances take place on 1, 6 and 8 July  find out more on the website of the English National Opera.

Watch an interview with the conductor on Jenůfa 

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in Chile

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 June 2016

The Teatro Municipal de Santiago has published a trailer for Marcelo Lombardero’s over-the-top production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which was premièred on 23 June:

Further performances will take place on 28, 29 and 30 June and on 1 July – find out more on the website of the Teatro Municipal de Santiago.

Read a [Spanish] review on Arte Al Limite

Arvo Pärt receives honorary degree from Oxford University

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 June 2016

Photo: Helen RitsOn 22 June, Arvo Pärt received an honorary degree in Music from Oxford University at the annual Encaenia ceremony.

Nine distinguished figures from the fields of theology, law, economics, architecture, film, science, engineering and music received honorary degrees at the ceremony held at the Sheldonian Theatre. 

These were Arvo Pärt, economist Paul Krugman, film director Pedro Almodóvar, architect Kazuyo Sejima, philosopher and theologian Tomáš Halík, Lord Johathan Mance, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, neurobiologist Cornelia Bargmann, physicist Mildred Dresselhaus and Sir Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple Inc.


Find out more on the website of the Arvo Pärt Center

UE newsletter: Jenůfa, The Cunning Little Vixen and Wozzeck

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 June 2016

Newsletter June

Our latest newsletter – an opera special with features on current productions of The Cunning Little Vixen, Wozzeck and Jenůfa – is out now.

View our newsletter

Rave reviews for Katya Kabanova

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 June 2016

Leoš Janáček’s three-act opera Katya Kabanova is currently being staged at the Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach.

Helen Malkowsky’s production, which is directed by Mihkel Kütson, is receiving rave reviews: find a [German] collection on the website of the Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach.

Watch the trailer on YouTube:

Alban Berg monument unveiled

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 June 2016

Alban Berg Monument, model

The Alban Berg monument will be unveiled today at 22:00 at the Herbert von Karajan-Platz in front of the Wiener Staatsoper.

phil Blech and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor will perform works by Strauss, Mahler, Schönberg and Berg, Reinhold Mitterlehner, Thomas Drozda, Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Wolf. D. Prix and Peter Wolf will give speeches. 

Find out more on the Alban Berg Stiftung’s event page

Cathy Krier plays Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 June 2016

Cathy Krier (c) Delphine Jouandeau

Luxembourg pianist and ECHO Rising Star Cathy Krier will be performing the Austrian première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Toccata capricciosa for piano – a work that Rihm wrote for her – together with works by Rameau, Schuler, Ravel and Dutilleux tonight at the Musikverein in Vienna.

View the full programme

Kopatchinskaja premières Sotelo

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 June 2016

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (c) Marco Borggreve

These are the most thrilling moments in my profession, when I have the honor to première a new piece. One has to be the medium, midwife and guardian angel at same time. (Patricia Kopatchinskaja on Red Inner Light Sculpture)

On 10 June Patricia Kopatchinskaja premièred Mauricio Sotelo’s Red Inner Light Sculpture in St. Paul, MN, together with flamenco dancer Rubén Olmo, percussionist Agustín Diassera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tito Muñoz.

View the full score

StarTribune has reviewed the world première:

The evening’s finale, the new piece that Kopatchinskaja commissioned, Red Inner Light Sculpture, turned out to be an unbuttoned, imaginative romp, an exploration of Andalusian flamenco with exuberant, witty dancing by Ruben Olmo, inventive percussion by Agustin Diassera and energetic, go-for-broke violin playing by the wild child herself.(Michael Anthony, StarTribune, 11 June 2016)

New Kairos release: Vykintas Baltakas

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 June 2016

Kairos: Vykintas Baltakas

Vykintas Baltakas' new album will arouse interest by analytical and also programmatical listeners. The piece Pasaka retells the mythological version of genesis and (co)ro(na) represents a fully composed fermata. Baltakas is successful in turning enigmas of musical aesthetics into tones and creates a musical experience which is both diversified and homogeneous at the same time.

Kairos’ new CD features 8 works by Vykintas Baltakas, recorded by artists such as the Tokyo Sinfonietta, Lithuanian Ensemble Network, Chordos Quartet, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Emilio Pomárico.

You can download the full booklet and order your copy in the Kairos web store.

ensemble mini: Mahler for chamber orchestra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 June 2016

Gustav Mahler (c) Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft

“It should be one’s sole endeavour to see everything afresh and create it anew.” (Gustav Mahler in H-L. La Grange: Mahler)

Tonight the ensemble mini will perform Michelle Castelletti’s chamber arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 10 at the Musikbrauerei in Berlin.

Read Caselletti’s preface to the score

Zemlinsky’s “Chamber Concerto”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 June 2016

Alexander Zemlinsky  (c) Universal Edition

Peter Keuschnig and Ensemble Kontrapunkte will première Alexander Zemlinsky’s Chamber Concerto – after the Trio Op. 3 for clarinet, cello and piano – in Richard Dünser’s arrangement for small orchestra tonight at the Musikverein in Vienna.

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Pärt’s Greater Antiphons premièred in L.A.

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 June 2016

Arvo Pärt, Gustavo Dudamel (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Pärt’s orchestration is exceptional and delves subtly into colors within the limited palette, for instance using open strings and harmonics to create shining, single-note highlights. The performance was a good one, breathing and luminous. (Timothy Mangan, The Orange County Register, 29 May 2016)

Together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel performed the world première of Arvo Pärt’s Greater Antiphons for string orchestraon 28 May at the Mozart & Pärt festival in Los Angeles.

Read Timothy Mangan’s full review in The Orange County Register.