11.09.2018The Stadttheater Gießen has been known for its rediscoveries for many years. This time the choice has fallen on Umberto Giordano’s opera “Mala vita”, a drama of the relationships amongst outcasts in the slums of Naples, written by the composer in 1892, before his major work “Andrea Chenier”. In Wolfgang Hofmann’s new production for Gießen the increasingly fateful plot is contrasted with, and commented on, by madrigals and responsories by Carlo Gesualdo. Eraldo Salmieri conducts this verismo gem, just 75 minutes long. The work was originally successfully premiered in Rome, but was angrily rejected in Naples. The first performance of the new production takes place on 15 September 2018.
11.09.2018“nero su nero” (black on black), the latest orchestral composition by Siemens prizewinner Beat Furrer premiered in June in Vienna, is concerned with the nuancing of light: a continuum of sound from darkness to light builds up an immense tension by the most subtly differentiated means. The Swiss premiere takes place in Basel on 16 September 2018 conducted by Baldur Brönnimann with the Basel Sinfonietta, and the German premiere on 27 October 2018 with the Essen Philharmonic under the baton of Johannes Kalitzke. »more«
23.08.2018The NEOS label has released a CD with orchestral music by Philipp Maintz (NEOS 11712) containing two works of the 41-year-old German composer. »more«
08.08.2018The Salzburg Festival is devoting the concert series “Zeit mit Furrer” (Time with Furrer) to the works of the Austro-Swiss composer Beat Furrer (photo: Manu Theobald / EvS Musikstiftung). Four concerts will feature the works of the artist, who was awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2018. »more«
25.04.2018Bärenreiter-Verlag begins the publication of the Complete Edition of the Works of Carlo Gesualdo. The composer, steeped in legend, stood at the threshold of the Renaissance to the Baroque. He wrote secular and sacred vocal works which continue to exert their fascination through their often extravagant tonal language which challenges traditions. The “New Gesualdo Edition” will comprise twelve volumes. »more«
24.04.2018Bärenreiter is expanding its range of publications for choirs and choruses. For large-scale, oratorical choral works based on the Urtext of the complete editions, the Kassel-based music publishers are now offering lower-priced, paperback conductors’ scores too as an alternative to the de luxe, cloth-bound volumes. »more«
09.03.2018His orchestral works are densely-composed and richly exciting scores – their titles reflect this. Dieter Ammann’s Boost for orchestra is performed by the Basel Sinfonietta on 18 March 2018 in Basel, conducted by Titus Engel. »more«