What did Beethoven want? Many amateurs find his handwriting difficult to read and even professionals need experience to decipher his autographs. However, a significant composer such as Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birthday will be celebrated all over the world in 2020, deserves that one extracts every last detail from his manuscripts and all other available sources.
Beethoven described his grandly conceived “Missa solemnis” as "mein gröstes werk" (my greatest work). To this day, it is considered to be one of the most important sacred works of all time. The new Bärenreiter Urtext edition (BA 9038, Score, Piano Reduction, Choral Score, Parts) has just appeared in good time for the Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020 and takes all available sources into account.
The Wiener Staatsoper is to stage Manfred Trojahn’s opera “Orest” on 31 March 2019 in a new production. In his music theatre work in six scenes, premiered at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam in December 2011, Manfred Trojahn reappraises in his own libretto the myth of the matricide. Orestes is a sufferer who tries to free himself from the power of the gods. He alternates, according to the composer, between heteronomy and the vision of a new life: “He makes only one mistake: he thinks that he can leave the guilt behind him – and only much later does he realise that he has to live with this guilt in order to overcome it.” »more«
Emile Zola’s novel “Thérèse Raquin” is not for the faint hearted. It tells the story of a ruthless crime, of insanity and self-destruction. Philipp Maintz (photo: Paavo Blåfield) has chosen the subject of a young woman who murders her spouse for his chamber opera “Thérèse”, which receives its premiere on 14.4.2019 at the Salzburg Easter Festival in a co-production with the Hamburg Staatsoper. The music theatre work created is an unusual collaboration, for the libretto is the first work by Otto Katzameier, who also sings the baritone role of Laurent, and he has chosen an unusual narrative form for his text. Marisol Montalvo sings the title role and Renate Behle the role of the mother. The production is by Georges Delnon, and the conductor is Nicolas André. The German premiere takes place on 18.5.2019 in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
45 years after the publication of the C Minor Mass K. 427 in the New Mozart Edition, the work is being performed for the first time in a new edition on 14 and 15 April 2019 in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. This new edition reflects the latest state of research, whilst also responding to requirements for practical performance. The editor of the edition, which is published in collaboration with the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, is the renowned musicologist there Ulrich Leisinger. He has completed the missing passages in Mozart’s fragmentary-surviving mass setting in a subtle and stylistically appropriate way. The first performance using this edition features top soloists, the ChorWerk Ruhr and the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg under the direction of its chief conductor Kent Nagano. »more«
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In 2014 the new Urtext edition of The Makropulos Case, one of the most remarkable of Janáček's operas, was published by Bärenreiter Praha. One of the key figures in this ground-breaking editorial project was the world-renowned Czech conductor and Janáček specialist Tomáš Hanus, who significantly contributed to the final shape of the edition. The Makropulos Case has been enjoying a true renaissance in recent years, being staged at prominent European theatres more frequently than ever. Tomáš Hanus assumed the musical direction of the initial production of the Bärenreiter Urtext edition at the Bavarian State Opera in October 2014; further productions followed, among others, in Bratislava and Innsbruck. In August 2016 The Makropulos Case will be heard at one of the world's most important music festivals - the BBC Proms in London. This time the work will be performed in concert from the new Bärenreiter Urtext edition by an ensemble of well known singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek. In the following article, the editors Tomáš Hanus and Jonáš Hájek deal in detail with the new edition's genesis, as well as its cultural and historical background.
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