19.12.2017Music for strings is a continuous field of experimentation for Miroslav Srnka, one in which he explores complex structures. He has again written his new String Quartet for the Quatuor Diotima, which premieres the work at the “Biennale de Quatuors à cordes” in Paris»more«
19.12.2017Philipp Maintz’s zornerfüllte nächte [Nights full of fury] for saxophone, trombone, accordion, cello and piano (2017) will be premiered on 18 January 2018 at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin by Ensemble LUX:NM. Within the quintet he creates an instrumental psychogram, in which the accordion plays a central role in the sound. »more«
06.10.2017Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini has composed his first String Quartet for the Quatuor Diotima. The Swiss composer, a genuine dramatist who has concentrated on music theatre and vocal music in his work to date, has conceived his quartet as a musical narrative. The first performance takes place on 24.10.2017 in Basel in the Oekolampad Church with the Quatuor Diotima, followed by performances in Orléans, Arras and Bern. Before that, on 15.10.2017, Scartazzini’s ensemble work Kassiopeia receives its German premiere in the Philharmonie Cologne, given by the Ensemble Modern conducted by Paul Daniel. ›more‹
06.10.2017Lucia Ronchetti is a specialist in the highly sensitive and subtle new interpretation of baroque subjects. For the Staatsoper Unter den Linden she has composed Rivale, a chamber opera for female voices, solo viola and ensemble based on Antoine Danchet’s Tancrède, the famous episode from Torquato Tasso’s renaissance epic poem La Gerusalemme liberata about love and rivalry between Tancredi and Clorinda. ›more‹
24.05.2017Philipp Maintz has composed hängende gärten for large orchestra for the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin – an evocative allusion to the gardens of Babylon which Nebuchadnezzar II had built for his wife Semiramis.
The first performance is on 28 May 2017 in the Philharmonie Berlin conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.›more‹
06.01.2017Jetzt und in der Stunde des Todes is the subtitle of Heinz Winbeck’s monumental Symphony No. 5, his composition based on Bruckner lasting almost an hour. The three movements using motifs, especially from the Finale of Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony, are not in fact one of the many speculative attempts to complete the magnificent torso, but a musical paraphrase on material from the sketches. Without quoting from it literally, Bruckner’s music is constantly present. The work receives its German premiere at the 2017 Ultraschall Festival in Berlin on 22 January, performed by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester under Dennis Russell Davies. – In the same concert Marisol Montalvo will sing in „tríptico vertical“ by Philipp Maintz. ›more‹
06.01.2017New productions of Manfred Trojahn’s operas can be seen in two musical capitals: the first night of a new production of Limonen aus Sizilien takes place on 12 February 2017 at the Vienna Volksoper. “Drei italienischen Geschichten” to a libretto by Wolfgang Willaschek after Luigi Pirandello and Eduardo de Felippo is directed by Mascha Pörzgen. The conductor of the nine performances is Gerrit Prießnitz. Two weeks later at Zurich Opera, Hans Neuenfels directs the Swiss premiere of the music theatre work Orest. The first night on 26 February 2017 and six further performances are conducted by Erik Nielsen at the Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz; Georg Nigl performs the title role. ›more‹