05.01.2017Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini’s third opera follows on from his earlier works with a subject full of archaic power. Edward II was commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin and receives its first performance on 19 February 2017. The opera tells a story from the England of the 14th century about King Edward II, who ruled for twenty unhappy years and left a country in chaos. Power struggles, affairs and intrigues about Edward’s homosexual relationships provide a theatrical subject matter for a drama of relationships and politics. Following Scartazzini’s successful collaboration with the librettist Thomas Jonigk on Der Sandmann, the team comes together again with director Christof Loy for this production. Thomas Søndergård conducts. ›more‹
05.01.2017Kelterborn’s large-scale Musica profana for soprano, baritone and three instrumental ensembles receives its premiere on 25 February 2017 in Basel. The composer describes the work as “a secular music in space, for two voices and three ensembles placed far apart from each other, comprising a mixed ensemble with 12 performers in the centre, and 6 brass instruments and soprano, flute, saxophone, 2 guitars, accordion in a gallery, plus a baritone who moves around the space. I have set texts which I have already ‘made use of’ in earlier works: Japanese Haikus, Petrarch, Shakespeare. It has become a music about the richness of life.” The first performance on the 150th anniversary of the Basel Musik-Akademie is conducted by Heinz Holliger. ›more‹
23.11.2016Bärenreiter-Verlag has embarked on a major new project devoted to French music with the launch of a large-scale editorial project to publish the instrumental music of Camille Saint-Saëns in a 36-volume, historical-critical complete edition. The first volume to be published is a new edition of the Symphony in C minor op. 78, known as the Organ Symphony, edited by General Editor Michael Stegemann. The new edition will be launched on 11, 12 and 13 Dezember in the Philharmonie Cologne, performed by the Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne under the baton of its chief conductor François-Xavier Roth. His father Daniel Roth, titular organist at St. Sulpice in Paris, plays the organ. The concert will be broadcast on DeutschlandRadio Kultur, together with an in-depth studio discussion with the editor Michael Stegemann. ›more‹
23.11.2016Rushing, surging, highly virtuosic contours characterise Miroslav Srnka’s Piano Concerto. It receives its Czech premiere in Prague, the composer’s native city, on 19 December 2016. The agile, glittering continuum of sound with its intense, brilliant colour values is performed by Nicolas Hodges (piano) and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tomás Netopil. ›more‹
23.11.2016The German-language music encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is now available as a dynamic online database under the title MGG Online (www.mgg-online.com). MGG Online has been created, financed, and implemented by the publishers Bärenreiter (Kassel), J.B. Metzler (Stuttgart), and Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM, New York). It contains the complete content of the second edition of MGG, published in 29 printed volumes between 1994 and 2008. Beginning in 2017, new entries will be added regularly. All article versions remain permanently accessible and clearly labeled. Upon launch, users will find some 200 articles already updated or rewritten.
10.11.2016Manfred Trojahn adds to his series of chamber music works entitled “Sonata” with a work for clarinet and piano. His Sonata V, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society, will be premiered in Leeds on 19 November by Annelien van Wauwe (clarinet) and Nino Gvetadze (piano). On 11 November Trojahn’s ensemble work Nocturne – Minotauromachie, based on Picasso’s etching of the same name, receives its German premiere at the Festival “NOW!” in Essen, performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Matthias Pintscher.
10.11.2016Asrael, Josef Suk’s symphony dedicated to the memory of Antonín Dvorák and his daughter, Suk’s wife Otilie, who died young, is a major work by the Czech composer and of Czech music of its time. A critical new edition of this work has long been overdue, a task which has now been taken up by Jonáš Hájek, editor at Bärenreiter Praha. The first performance will be conducted by Tomáš Netopil, Music Director in Essen, and one of the leading Czech conductors of the younger generation. He conducts the work on 17 and 18 November 2016 with the Essen Philharmonic, when Josef Suk’s Asrael Symphony will be performed for the first time using the new Bärenreiter material. The concert will be recorded live by Oehms Classics and released on CD. ›more‹