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.
Rihm's Das Lesen der Schrift will receive its first Portuguese (Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, c. Christoph König) and Rumanian (George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, c. Christoph Adt) performance.
Once again it has been a full and busy year here at UE. Here are some of the highlights from a year which saw 57 new works premièred.
Wolfgang Rihm's Verwandlungen has been selected by the Sunday Times as the No. 1 Contemporary Album of the year.
The world première of Wolfgang Rihm's new violin concerto Lichtes Spiel will take place on 18 Nov under Michael Francis at the Avery Fisher Hall.
Wolfgang Rihm comments on the threatened closure of the Dutch Radio Music Center
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.
Ingo Metzmacher presents the new opera Dionysos by Wolfgang Rihm on 27 Jul at the Salzburg Festival. New: piano score for perusal!
The BBC Symphony Orchestra in London presents "Total Immersion Wolfgang Rihm" including the British première of Das Gehege (directed by Andre de Ridder) and a performance of Konzert in einem Satz (with Stephen Isserlis) at the centre of the programme on 13 March.
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