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Rudolf Barshai has died at the age of 86 (1924-2010)

He was the composers’ friend. This is how Bernd Feuchtner, Rudolf Barshai’s biographer, describes the conductor, viola player and arranger. Barshai has died on 2nd November in Basel at the age of 86.

Georg Friedrich Haas: SWR Symphony Orchestra Composition Prize 2010

Georg Friedrich Haas’ work limited approximations, a concerto for 6 pianos in twelve-tone intervals and orchestra, premiered to great acclaim on 17 Oct 2010 at the Donaueschinger Musiktagen 2010 under Sylvain Cambreling with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg. The piece received the SWR Symphony Orchestra Composition Prize for the “most remarkable orchestral work of the festival“, chosen by the musicians.

Johannes Maria Staud: Two world premières

Über trügerische Stadtpläne und die Versuchungen der Winternächte for string quartet and orchestra (Vienna, 05 Nov) and Contrebande for orchestra (Paris, 06 Nov).

World première of Arvo Pärt's Silhouette

Arvo Pärt's Silhouette, Hommage à Gustave Eiffel, will be given its world première on 04 Nov under Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris at the Salle Pleyel.

Cripta Colonia Güell: new work by Mauricio Sotelo

Mauricio Sotelo's Cripta Colonia Güell - música para la ESMUC for two flamenco singers, choir, ensemble and electronics is to receive its world première in Barcelona on 25 Oct.

Georg Friedrich Haas: Two world premières

Georg Friedrich Haas' limited approximations for 6 micro-tonally tuned pianos and orchestra in Donaueschingen (17 Oct) and Arthur F. Becker (od. Buhr?) in Heidelberg (22 Oct).

Friedrich Cerha: World première in Manchester

Friedrich Cerha's Viennese Kaleidoscope will be given its world première on 19 Oct at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Music for Schools Bestsellers Catalogue 11 – 17 years

Our new catalogue for secondary schools is now available.

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Wunderbare Leiden: World première of Victoria Borisova-Ollas' new work in Düsseldorf

Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ new work Wunderbare Leiden will be premièred in Düsseldorf on 8 Oct by Andrey Boreyko and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.

Newsletter 04/2010

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Arvo Pärt at 75

On 11 Sep Arvo Pärt celebrates his 75th birthday. New: Tabula Rasa - CD Special edition!

Vykintas Baltakas: World première of Scoria in Munich

Vykintas Baltakas’ new work Scoria, for orchestra in three groups, will be given its world première on 24 Sep at the musica viva Festival in Munich. Lucas Vis conducts the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Luciano Berio: Two German premières at the Berliner Festspiele

The German premières of 4 dédicaces (Concertgebouw Orkest, c. Mariss Jansons) and Stanze (London Philharmonic Orchestra, c. Vladimir Jurowsky) are to be held on 5 Sep and 6 Sep respectively.

Cristóbal Halffter: World première of Ritual in Grafenegg

On 5 Sep Cristóbal Halffter conducts the world première of his new orchestral work Ritual with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Grafenegg.

Golden Lion for Wolfgang Rihm's lifetime achievement

On 30 September the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement for Music will be awarded to Wolfgang Rihm during the 54th International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Salzburg Music Prize 2011

The 2011 Salzburg Music Prize will be awarded to Friedrich Cerha. The award, with its prize money of EUR 60,000, will be presented to the composer on March 13th at a concert during the Salzburg Biennale 2011.

Pierre Boulez - Tombeau

Boulez' Tombeau is now available in a facsimile edition, including all manuscript versions and correction proofs. The new edition gives a fascinating insight into the work of the composer.

Lulu at the Salzburg Festival

Vera Nemirova's new production of Lulu opens at the Salzburg Festival on 1 August, with Patricia Petibon in the title role.

Swedish première of Victoria Borisova-Ollas' Angelus

The Swedish première of Victoria Borisova-Ollas' Angelus will be performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra (c. Valery Gergiev) on 24 Aug 2010 at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm.