On 10 May the Oberlin Sinfonietta (cond. Timothy Weiss) presents the US première of David Sawer’s Rebus for 15 players in Oberlin.
On 28 April a new production of The Threepenny Opera opens at the Staatsoperette Dresden. Christian Garbosnik conducts Sebastian Ritschel’s production, which is scheduled to run until 13 July.
“Kaljuste and his orchestra are just as convincing when placidly unwrapping those bundles of archaic-sounding melody, as he is confronting the angularities and contrapuntal clashes of the earlier works.” - “Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies” receives 4 out of 5 stars from The Guardian’s Andrew Clements. Read the full review:
Luke Bedford’s Faraway Canons for bass drum and piano will receive its world première on 21 April at the Occupy the Pianos Festival in London. The work will be performed by the piano and percussion duo George Barton and Siwan Rhys.
The reduced version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 will receive its Dutch première on 19 April at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. Ulrich Pöhl conducts the Insomnio Ensemble.
Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók is currently being performed at the Opéra national de Paris.
The reduced version of Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra premières on 5 March at the Musikverein in Vienna.
A 20th century masterpiece now available for guitar: Christophe Dejour presents his arrangement of Béla Bartók’s Solo Sonata for Violin (Sz. 117).
For this edition, musician and pedagogue Siegfried Steinkogler turned Bartók’s piano collection “For Children“ into pieces for guitar duo that are an enrichment for any guitar lesson!
Roland Freisitzer’s reduced version of Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin premières on 16 October at the Musikverein.
Tonight François-Xavier Roth and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra will perform the Dance Suite at the Lucerne Festival.
On 10, 11 and 12 August Ilan Volkov and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra present the concert version of The Miraculous Mandarin at the Sala São Paulo.
The first performance was given exactly 90 years ago, on 1 July 1927 in Frankfurt am Main as part of the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival, with Bartók as soloist under Wilhelm Furtwängler.
Today, on the day of the 100th anniversary of its world première, Bartók’s The Wooden Prince will be performed by the Hungarian National Ballet.
Béla Bartók was born today 135 years ago. The quote above is taken from a text by the composer on “race purity in music”.
Thoughtfully crafted arrangements of Bartóks traditional character pieces 'Romanian Folk Dances' enhanced with a touch of contemporary playing technique by Gergely Ittzés.
The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Kent Nagano will be performing Bluebeard´s Castle at the Wiener Festwochen.
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