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31 Jul



Austria
 Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 20:30 
SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY • ISLAM • ŒNM
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Titus Engel, Conductor
EXPERIMENTAL STUDIO of the SWR
œnm . österreichisches ensemble für neue musik
Pier Damiano Peretti, Organ


The central figure of the three concerts is the Sufi master and martyr Mansur Al-Hallağ, born ca. 858, whose radical views on faith attracted an immense number of followers among the people of Iran and Iraq on the one hand: up to 4,000 people would congregate to hear him preach. On the other hand, he made implacable enemies among the powerful and among orthodox Muslims, who accused him of heresy, made him languish in prison for years and finally executed him brutally in 922. Al-Hallağ preached love as the only way towards freedom, and he was convinced of the possibility of each person’s union with god. Right until his violent end, which he is said to have accepted with a smile, he claimed: ‘I am truth.’
His last words, reported by his followers, form the basis of Hossam Mahmoud’s composition Seelenfäden, or Soul Threads. The composer, born in Cairo in 1965, has promoted cultural dialogue for years; his work tells an Islamic story which gives the listener insights into this world and is told by Sufi musicians and singers, Salzburg’s Bach Choir and the Austrian new music ensemble oenm.
The Palestinian-Israeli composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi, born in 1970, who has engaged in an intensive exploration of Koran recitation and rituals rooted in Islam for several years now, is also fascinated by Al-Hallağ: ‘He is among the most important philosophers and poets of Islamic mysticism; his texts and poems are influential to this day. In my work for the Salzburg Festival, I react not only to his poems, but also to his personality. The instrumentation (for large choir, four brass players and two percussionists) allows me to divide singers and musicians into different groups and distribute them throughout the space – this is reminiscent of traditional Sufi rituals in which those praying slowly move in a circle, playing certain rhythms on various percussion instruments. In my new work, however, not the singers, but the sound it-self will move through the space, taking into account the special circumstances at Salzburg’s Kollegienkirche.’
The third world premiere of this focus is a contribution by the Egyptian composer Amr Okba, who currently divides his time between Vienna and Cairo. Born in 1972, he also draws on his musical roots for inspiration. His symphonic poem composed for Salzburg is based on the novel Rhadopis of Nubia by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, set in ancient Egypt. According to the composer, its subject is ‘the responsibility and loyalty of rulers towards their subjects, and how religion and faith can be abused for political purposes – in this case, by the priests’.


Samir Odeh-Tamini : Cihangir for ensemble
Amr Okba : Rhadopis, symphonic poem for ensemble
Zeynep Gedizlioglu : Kesik
Hossam Mahmoud : Tarab 5 for organ, string quartet and wind instruments
Marc Andre : üg for ensemble and electronics

1 Aug 
 
2 Aug 
 
3 Aug 
 
4 Aug



Austria
 Monday, August 04, 2014 at 8.30pm 
SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY • RIHM • KLANGFORUM WIEN
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Sylvain Cambreling, Conductor
Susanne Otto, Contralto
Noa Frenkel, Contralto
Klangforum Wien

As a child, Wolfgang Rihm wanted to be a painter, then a writer and finally a composer. Entire groups of works illustrate his close relationship with the visual arts, while numerous artist friendships give testament to the constant flow of energy between Wolfgang Rihm and painting.
His anti-cyclical ‘over-painting’ of works that seem to grow from one germ cell has led to large-scale open series and complexes of works. Starting with his Chiffren and Tutuguri cycles from the 1980s, Rihm made it clear that in his flow of music, form generates itself from beginnings and endings of music. The works Gedrängte Form and Gejagte Form, all the way to his Jagden und Formen (1995–2001), are eloquent examples of this, already evoking the principle of continuous shaping within their titles.
By now, there are three of Rihm’s Will Sound works: Will Sound More (2005/2011) is clearly differentiated from the wild movement of its predecessor Will Sound (2005) by its lyrical moments. ‘Something will sound because it wants to sound’, Rihm wrote about this: ‘The composer follows the will and the process of becoming and notates the spaces in between. The result is a form which reflects the energy wanting to shape itself.’ Expanding the work further, the composer has written Will Sound More Again, first performed in October 2011. With their free interplay of musical forces and their existence-affirming attitude, these Will Sound works are also an extension of his Jagden und Formen into a new complex of works.
The world premiere of a new piano concerto by Wolfgang Rihm is an event to look forward to particularly. Rihm began to compose piano music as a teenager. A first piano concerto is dated 1969. One year later and for a period of one decade exactly, he created seven very different and expansive piano works which set standards in contemporary piano literature on account of their playing technique, sensuality of sound, energy and aesthetics. Nachstudie for piano (1992/1994), lasting almost half an hour and placing enormous demands on the pianist as a whole, can be considered the crowning highlight of his piano oeuvre so far.
The entire experience of his life as a composer so far, all his studies of tradition – despite all outside interference – and all his visions for the history of piano music, far from complete: Wolfgang Rihm will bring them all to bear on his new piano concerto for pianist Tzimon Barto. One thing we can be sure of: musical balance will be attained through great arches of tension, through an audible ‘cutting into one’s own flesh’ and an articulation of tradition ‘which can only ever be my tradition’: ‘There are no historical models anymore, but there are positions which define a Now with a view to a Past (not derived from it), allowing us to see the Past as another Now (that of the past).’


Luigi Nono : Guai ai gelidi mostri
Wolfgang Rihm : Will Sound More
Wolfgang Rihm : Gejagte Form for orchestra

5 Aug 
 
6 Aug 
 
7 Aug 
 
8 Aug



Scotland
 Friday, August 08, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Edinburgh International Festival Opening Concert
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk

Oliver Knussen Conductor

Kirill Gerstein Piano
Claire Booth Soprano

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

The 2014 Festival opens with a concert of three opulent masterpieces. They are performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, one of the most respected figures in British music, famed for his brilliant insights into 20th-century repertoire.

Schoenberg's explosive Five Orchestral Pieces are in many ways as revolutionary as Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, exploring troubled inner worlds in music of exquisite, kaleidoscopic colours. Award-winning Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein is the soloist in Scriabin's mystical Prometheus, which depicts nothing less than mankind's quest for enlightenment in music of tremendous power.

After the interval, Debussy seems to prophesy the fallen of the Great War in his oratorio Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, a collaboration with Italian war veteran Gabriele D'Annunzio, which evokes a world of pitiful self-sacrifice, exotic spiritualism and repressed desire.


Arnold Schoenberg : Five Orchestral Pieces Op 16 (original version)
Alexander Scriabin : Prometheus – The Poem of Fire
Claude Debussy : Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien

9 Aug



Scotland
 Saturday, August 09, 2014 at 8pm 
Colin Matthews, Berg, Britten, Holst
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk

Donald Runnicles Conductor

Michaela Kaune Soprano

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra returns under its formidable Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles for one of the grandest orchestral showpieces in the repertoire: Holst's The Planets.

From its gripping depiction of war in Mars to the serene beauty of Venus, it is a piece of immense profundity and unforgettable melody – and it is followed by composer Colin Matthews's dazzling Pluto, written in 2000 to complement Holst's existing suite.

Beforehand, Runnicles and the BBC SSO perform Britten's moving Sinfonia da Requiem, a deeply felt pacifi st work that prefi gures his famous War Requiem (performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra on Thursday 14 August) by more than two decades. Berg's opulent Seven Early Songs show the influence of Richard Strauss, Wagner and even Debussy, and are performed by German soprano Michaela Kaune.


Benjamin Britten : Sinfonia da Requiem
Alban Berg : Seven Early Songs
Gustav Holst : The Planets
Colin Matthews : Pluto

9 Aug



Austria
 Saturday, August 09, 2014 at 7.30pm 
SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY • DALBAVIE • ORF RADIO-SYMPHONIEORCHESTER WIEN
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Cornelius Meister, Conductor
Philippe Jaroussky, Countertenor
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

One part of the series Salzburg contemporary is dedicated to the French composer Marc-André Dalbavie, whose opera Charlotte Salomon will have its world premiere at the Felsenreitschule this year. Dalbavie, born in 1961 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, began his career among the practitioners of Musique spectrale. This movement, also known as Spectralism, began to leave the approaches of serial music behind, turning instead towards the individual tone and analyzing its sound spectrum. Dalbavie, whose teachers included Tristan Murail (represented by his work Winter Fragments (2002) at Klangforum Wien’s concert), typically uses a compositional approach he himself calls ‘morphing’: musical subjects – scales, a chord, a sound field, a rhythmic or melodic figure – develop from each other or evolve into each other, overlapping and resulting in ever-new forms.
Like Stravinsky, whose Octet turned purposefully to the music of past centuries in 1922, marking the beginning of the phase of his output called ‘neo-classicism’, Marc-André Dalbavie makes frequent reference to past epochs. His piece Melodia (2008) for mixed ensemble is based on sound gestures found in Gregorian chant. In Palimpseste (2002) he superimposes his own writing on a madrigal by Carlo Gesualdo which continues to be heard in multiple ways, affecting Dalbavie’s music while being influenced and transformed by the latter. Dalbavie has also explored traditional genres, for example in his Quatuor à cordes, his string quartet from 2012 which will be performed by the Gringolts Quartet. Over the course of the years, he has written numerous instrumental concertos, including those for violin and piano, as well as Antiphonie, a double concerto for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra. In 2006 he wrote his Flute Concerto (revised in 2007) which uses the reduced instrumentation of orchestras of Mozart’s era; this will be performed by the Mozarteum Orchestra. Furthermore, there are concertos for orchestra such as Color (2001), Ciaccona (2002) and Concertate il suono (2007).
Dalbavie has always been interested in the human voice. In 2008 he wrote Sonnets de Louise Labé, setting poems by the French 16th century poet; Philippe Jaroussky, the cycle’s dedicatee, will interpret the work together with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Many facets of Marc-André Dalbavie’s oeuvre will be highlighted in Salzburg; the transparency and distinctive sound effects of his works, which can develop a tantalizing allure, along with his unmistakable personal style, have made him one of the most frequently performed contemporary composers.


Marc-Andre Dalbavie : La Source d’un regard
Marc-Andre Dalbavie : Sonnets de Louise Labé for countertenor and orchestra
Anton Bruckner : Symphony No. 1 in C minor

10 Aug 
 
11 Aug



Austria
 Monday, August 11, 2014 at 7.30pm 
SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY • DALBAVIE • MOZARTEUM ORCHESTRA SALZBURG
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Mathieu Dufour, Flute
Dimitri Maslennikov, Cello
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg

One part of the series Salzburg contemporary is dedicated to the French composer Marc-André Dalbavie, whose opera Charlotte Salomon will have its world premiere at the Felsenreitschule this year. Dalbavie, born in 1961 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, began his career among the practitioners of Musique spectrale. This movement, also known as Spectralism, began to leave the approaches of serial music behind, turning instead towards the individual tone and analyzing its sound spectrum. Dalbavie, whose teachers included Tristan Murail (represented by his work Winter Fragments (2002) at Klangforum Wien’s concert), typically uses a compositional approach he himself calls ‘morphing’: musical subjects – scales, a chord, a sound field, a rhythmic or melodic figure – develop from each other or evolve into each other, overlapping and resulting in ever-new forms.
Like Stravinsky, whose Octet turned purposefully to the music of past centuries in 1922, marking the beginning of the phase of his output called ‘neo-classicism’, Marc-André Dalbavie makes frequent reference to past epochs. His piece Melodia (2008) for mixed ensemble is based on sound gestures found in Gregorian chant. In Palimpseste (2002) he superimposes his own writing on a madrigal by Carlo Gesualdo which continues to be heard in multiple ways, affecting Dalbavie’s music while being influenced and transformed by the latter. Dalbavie has also explored traditional genres, for example in his Quatuor à cordes, his string quartet from 2012 which will be performed by the Gringolts Quartet. Over the course of the years, he has written numerous instrumental concertos, including those for violin and piano, as well as Antiphonie, a double concerto for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra. In 2006 he wrote his Flute Concerto (revised in 2007) which uses the reduced instrumentation of orchestras of Mozart’s era; this will be performed by the Mozarteum Orchestra. Furthermore, there are concertos for orchestra such as Color (2001), Ciaccona (2002) and Concertate il suono (2007).
Dalbavie has always been interested in the human voice. In 2008 he wrote Sonnets de Louise Labé, setting poems by the French 16th century poet; Philippe Jaroussky, the cycle’s dedicatee, will interpret the work together with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Many facets of Marc-André Dalbavie’s oeuvre will be highlighted in Salzburg; the transparency and distinctive sound effects of his works, which can develop a tantalizing allure, along with his unmistakable personal style, have made him one of the most frequently performed contemporary composers.


Joseph Haydn : Symphony No. 21 in A, Hob. I:21
Marc-Andre Dalbavie : Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (2006, rev. 2007)
Marc-Andre Dalbavie : Suite for Cello and Orchestra (2013)
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21

11 Aug



Scotland
 Monday, August 11, 2014 at 5.45pm 
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk

Jörg Widmann Clarinet
Antje Weithaas Violin
Alban Gerhardt Cello
Steven Osborne Piano

The Festival’s Greyfriars concert series opens with one of the landmark compositions of the 20th century. Olivier Messiaen wrote his immensely powerful Quartet for the End of Time while a prisoner of war in Stalag VIII-A in Silesia, and it was premiered in the camp in 1941 to an audience of 400 fellow prisoners and Nazi guards. Despite its apocalyptic themes, drawn from the Book of Revelation, it is a glittering work of sublime, transcendent beauty, and it is performed by an ensemble of exceptional international soloists.

Olivier Messiaen : Quartet for the End of Time

12 Aug 
 
13 Aug 
 
14 Aug



Scotland
 Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 8pm 
Britten War Requiem
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk

Sir Andrew Davis Conductor

Albina Shagimuratova Soprano
Toby Spence Tenor
Matthias Goerne Baritone

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
NYCoS National Boys Choir
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

A cry of fury at the futility of war, and an intensely moving tribute to the dead. Benjamin Britten summed up his deeply held pacifist beliefs in his powerful War Requiem, which contrasts texts from the Latin Requiem Mass with searing visions of the First World War in poetry by Wilfred Owen.

It is a deeply humane masterpiece with a timely message of compassion and reconciliation, from the shattering fanfares of the 'Dies irae' to the exquisite concluding plea for peace.

Widely admired for his incisive accounts of British music and his expertise in choral works, Sir Andrew Davis directs the outstanding Philharmonia Orchestra, and gathers a stellar line-up of international vocalists, as well as the combined forces of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the boys of the NYCoS National Boys Choir.


Benjamin Britten : War Requiem

15 Aug



Austria
 Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Grafenegg Auditorium
3485 Grafenegg 10 Österreich
Austria
+43 (0)1 586 83 83
http://www.grafenegg.com
tickets@tonkuenstler.at

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, orchestra
Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Peter Oundjian, conductor

The acclaimed Toronto Symphony Orchestra under its long-standing Music Director Peter Oundjian and Jörg Widmann are converging on the Wolkenturm for a compelling musical encounter. The Composer in Residence makes an appearance as the evening’s soloist in Weber’s world-famous First Clarinet Concerto, before going on to perform his own «Elegy» for Clarinet and Orchestra. Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, written in affectionate remembrance of his native Russia and the last work to be completed by the composer, bring the concert to a romantic conclusion.

Carl Maria von Weber : Overture to the Opera «Oberon»
Carl Maria von Weber : Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No. 1 in f minor op. 73
Joerg Widmann : «Elegy» for Clarinet and Orchestra
Sergei Rachmaninov : Symphonic Dances op. 45

16 Aug



Switzerland
 Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 4.00pm 
Basler Madrigalisten | ensemble dialogue | Soloists & Percussionists | Raphael Immoos | Fritz Hauser | Brigitte Dubach
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

ensemble dialogue | Basler Madrigalisten | Raphael Immoos conductor | Irina Ungureanu soprano | Rebecca Ockenden soprano | Barbara Schingnitz mezzo-soprano | Leslie Leon mezzo-soprano | Daniel Issa tenor | Robert Koller baritone | Jan Sauer baritone | Tiago Mota bass | Alexandre Babel percussion | Rie Watanabe percussion | Michael Weilacher percussion | Daniel Eichholz percussion | Fritz Hauser stage director | Katja Nestle costumes | Brigitte Dubach lighting

Jewish custom ascribes great significance to honoring the memory of the deceased. And so those who take part in mourning stay at home for a week of “sitting shiva,” during which period they are visited, cared for, and comforted by members of the community as they commemorate the dead. In Tante Hänsi (2006), the Swiss composer Mela Meierhans addressed herself to Christian folk rituals of mourning in her homeland and, in Rithaa (2010), to Islamic traditions. Now, in Shiva for Anne, the concluding third part of her Afterlife Trilogy, she explores Judaism – while also commemorating the British poet Anne Blonstein, who was originally to have written the libretto but who died in 2011.

Mela Meierhans : Shiva for Anne

17 Aug



Switzerland
 Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 6.30pm 
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Soloists
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim conductor | Peter Seiffert Tristan | Waltraud Meier Isolde | Ekaterina Gubanova Brangäne | René Pape King Marke | Stephan Rügamer Melot

“O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe” (“Descend, o night of love”): No one has expressed emotional exuberance and feelings of boundless ecstasy more powerfully than Richard Wagner. In the second act of Tristan und Isolde he created a sound world celebrating the act of love – and was himself shocked by the powerful effect his own music had: “I fear that the opera will be banned,” wrote Wagner to his muse, Mathilde Wesendonck. “Only mediocre performances can save me! Completely good ones will drive people to insanity.” Be forewarned, then, that this concert may induce in you a state of madness! … Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is also capable of playing a tremendous diversity of music, as we will hear in the program’s first half, which features new works by the Israeli composer Ayal Adler and the Syrian composer Kareem Roustom. And it’s all in the spirit of Wagner: “Children! Make new things!”

Ayal Adler : Resonating Sounds for large orchestra
Kareem Roustom : Ramal for orchestra
Richard Wagner : Tristan und Isolde. Concert performance of Act Two

17 Aug



Austria
 Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 11am 
Buchbinder & Friends
Grafenegg Auditorium
3485 Grafenegg 10 Österreich
Austria
+43 (0)1 586 83 83
http://www.grafenegg.com
tickets@tonkuenstler.at

PERFORMERS
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano
Georgy Goryunov, cello
Stefan Schilli, oboe
Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Bence Bogányi, bassoon
Radek Baborák, horn

Sunday could hardly begin more harmoniously: Following their great success in 2013, the matinees in Grafenegg are now entering their second year. Host Rudolf Buchbinder performs with outstanding chamber music partners from internationally acclaimed orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic and the Tonkünstler Orchestra Niederösterreich. Jörg Widmann is on hand as composer and clarinettist; his Quintet for Winds and Piano opens the matinee, which is rounded off n classical style with music by Beethoven and Mozart.

Joerg Widmann : Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Piano
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano No. 4 B-flat major op. 11
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Piano in E-flat major KV 452

17 Aug



Austria
 Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 7.30pm 
TRPCESKI, PETRENKO
Grafenegg Auditorium
3485 Grafenegg 10 Österreich
Austria
+43 (0)1 586 83 83
http://www.grafenegg.com
tickets@tonkuenstler.at

European Union Youth Orchestra, orchestra
Simon Trpceski, piano
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

For the first time in 2014, the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is also performing as part of the Grafenegg Festival, whilst away from the stage it will be honing its orchestral skills still further at the Academy. Both the prelude and the main concert feature music by Jörg Widmann, before the EUYO flies across the Atlantic to bring George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and John Adams back to Grafenegg. Conducting the EUYO is Vasily Petrenko, Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. The evening’s soloist is Simon Trpceski, a rising star of the international piano scene. After the concert, the EUYO winds down the evening with a Late Night Session.

Joerg Widmann : «Con brio» Concert Overture for Orchestra after motifs by Ludwig van Beethoven
George Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue
John Adams : The Chairman Dances Foxtrot for Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein : Symphonic Dances from the Musical «West Side Story»

18 Aug 
 
19 Aug



Switzerland
 Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Daniel Harding | Stefan Dohr
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Daniel Harding conductor | Stefan Dohr french horn

Can music suggest hypocrisy? Antonín Dvořák's late-period tone poem The Wood Dove tests the idea. It involves a widow who makes the motions of mourning at her husband’s coffin, but her grief turns out to be a sham, for she had poisoned her spouse… Dvořák translates the inner voice of her tormented conscience into the plaintive cooing of a dove that in the end drives the murderess to suicide. Meanwhile, the putatively “American” melodies of the New World Symphony turn out, on closer inspection, to be a mirage. In fact, their syncopated rhythms and pentatonic lines could just as well be at home in the Bohemian provinces. Dvořák himself once mentioned that there was a popular pub in Prague called “Nový svet,” which means “new world.” And this interesting tidbit could perhaps give his Ninth Symphony an intriguing double meaning.

Antonin Dvorak : The Wood Dove
Wolfgang Rihm : Horn Concerto
Antonin Dvorak : Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 From the New World

20 Aug 
 
21 Aug



United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8pm 
PROMETHEUS DROWNED | AIRBORNE
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800
http://www.presteignefestival.com

Nova Music Opera
Richard Williams director | George Vass conductor

Cast includes: Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano; Christopher Good actor;
Donna Lennard soprano; Henry Manning baritone
Nova Music Ensemble

United by a common theme of misadventure, but distinct enough to engage and excite on many levels, Prometheus Drowned and Airborne make perfect performance partners.

Prometheus Drowned, Stephen McNeff’s reworking of an earlier Presteigne Festival
commission, is a chilling exploration of the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1822 at Livorno in Tuscany. Richard Williams has worked the libretto from contemporary sources, using journals, diaries and a number of Shelley’s own writings.

For Airborne, we move forward in history to World War I, where we meet Johnny, a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps, and Alice, a nurse in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. The opera reflects their parallel experiences on 1 July 1916, allowing them to interact and sing and dance together as their minds go back to the high spots of their deepening love affair; both anticipate and then witness the huge debacle that was the Battle of the Somme.


Stephen McNeff : PROMETHEUS DROWNED
Cecilia McDowall : AIRBORNE

21 Aug



United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Britten – War Requiem
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Susan Gritton soprano
Toby Spence tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann baritone
BBC Proms Youth Choir
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conductor

‘My subject is War, and the pity of War.’ Wilfred Owen’s shattering verse sits at the heart of Britten’s War Requiem – that great pacifist outpouring of horror and sorrow. To mark 100 years since the start of the 1914–18 conflict, the War Requiem is performed here by the same orchestra that premiered it in 1962.

The CBSO and Music Director Andris Nelsons are joined by the BBC Proms Youth Choir in its third great English choral work, following powerful performances of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (2012) and Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony (2013).


Benjamin Britten : War Requiem

21 Aug



Austria
 Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7.30pm 
TILLING, WIDMANN, NAGANO
Grafenegg Auditorium
3485 Grafenegg 10 Österreich
Austria
+43 (0)1 586 83 83
http://www.grafenegg.com
tickets@tonkuenstler.at

Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, orchestra
Camilla Tilling, soprano
Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Kent Nagano, conductor

The second weekend of the Grafenegg Festival opens with the premiere of the «Babylon-Suite» by Jörg Widmann, based on the opera «Babylon» which premiered at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 2012. Conducting that celebrated opera premiere was Kent Nagano, recognised as one of the leading conductors of contemporary music. Afterwards Jörg Widmann performs as soloist in Mozart’s moving Clarinet Concerto. Gustav’s Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, with its famous soprano solo – sung here by Camilla Tilling – brings this evening in Grafenegg to a close.

The concert will be recorded and broadcast on 26 September at 7.30 p.m. on Radio Österreich 1 and on 12 October at 8 pm on Radio Niederösterreich.


Joerg Widmann : Babylon Suite for Large Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major KV 622
Gustav Mahler : Symphony no. 4 in G major

22 Aug



United Kingdom
 Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7.45pm 
PANUFNIK CENTENARY CONCERT
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800
http://www.presteignefestival.com

Juliette Bausor flute | Sally Pryce harp | Benjamin Nabarro violin
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
George Vass conductor



Michael Tippett : Little Music for string orchestra
Andrzej Panufnik : Sinfonia Concertante for flute, harp and string orchestra
Andrzej Panufnik : Sinfonia Concertante for flute, harp and string orchestra
Huw Watkins : Concertino for violin and string orchestra
Grażyna Bacewicz : Concerto for string orchestra

23 Aug



United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11.30am 
CAVALERI QUARTET AT OLD RADNOR
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800
http://www.presteignefestival.com

Cavaleri Quartet



Andrzej Panufnik : String Quartet No 3 ‘Wycinanki’
Hugh Wood : String Quartet No 3, Op 20
Leos Janacek : String Quartet No 2 ‘Intimate Letters’

23 Aug



United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 2pm 
DANCES, FIERCE TEARS AND CONVERSATIONS
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800
http://www.presteignefestival.com

Ilid Jones oboe | Kate Romano clarinet | Richard Uttley piano



Witold Lutoslawski : Dance Preludes for clarinet and piano
Michael Berkeley : Fierce Tears I for oboe and piano
Daniel Kidane : Spear
Maciej Zieliński : Lutosławski in memoriam
Matthew Taylor : Three Humoreskes, Op 5
Michael Berkeley : Fierce Tears II for oboe and piano
Paul Patterson : Conversations for clarinet and piano, Op 25

23 Aug



United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 4.30pm 
JOYFUL COMPANY A CAPPELLA
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800
http://www.presteignefestival.com

The Joyful Company of Singers
Peter Broadbent conductor



Michael Berkeley : Listen, listen, O my child
Stephen McNeff : The Song of Amergin
Edward Elgar : The Shower, Op 71 No 1
Edward Elgar : The Fountain, Op 71 No 2
Lynne Plowman : The Mariner’s Compass
Andrzej Panufnik : Song to the Virgin Mary
Chris Williams : The Peaceful Night
John McCabe : The Lily-white Rose
Alun Hoddinott : Three Shakespeare Songs
Roxanna Panufnik : Love Endureth

23 Aug



Switzerland
 Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 6.30pm 
LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra & Chorus | Simon Rattle | Barbara Hannigan
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra | LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Chorus (James Wood chorus master) | Simon Rattle conductor | Barbara Hannigan soprano

The Academy kicks off with a triple premiere! This is the first time that Simon Rattle will have conducted the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra, in a program that includes two works never before heard at the Festival. Le Silence des Sirènes is a brand-new score by the Korean composer Unsuk Chin that was especially written for her Lucerne retrospective as composer-in-residence. Coro, a major work by the Italian composer Luciano Berio, juxtaposes poems by Pablo Neruda with song lyrics from all around the world. It’s yet another example of Berio’s consistently non-dogmatic attitude. The vocal techniques of folk music from a widely diverse range of cultural traditions are at the center of this “anthology of different methods of setting words to music.” They are made to enter into a dialogue that erases the conventional boundaries between “serious” and “entertaining” music, between high art and folklore.

Unsuk Chin : Le Silence des Sirènes
Luciano Berio : Coro for 40 voices and orchestra

24 Aug



United Kingdom
 Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 7.45pm 
ŁUKASZEWSKI REQUIEM
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800
http://www.presteignefestival.com

Rachel Nicholls soprano | Christopher Foster baritone
The Joyful Company of Singers
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
George Vass conductor



John McCabe : Concertante Variations on a Theme of Nicholas Maw
Stephen McNeff : Four Songs for the Virgin of Guadeloupe
Pawel Lukaszewski : Requiem

25 Aug



United Kingdom
 Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7.00pm 
AND THE SNOW DID LIE
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800
http://www.presteignefestival.com

Cavaleri Quartet



Henryk Gorecki : String Quartet No 1, Op 62 ‘Already it is Dusk’
Hilary Tann : And the Snow did Lie
James MacMillan : Memento
Ludwig Van Beethoven : String Quartet in E flat, Op 74 ‘Harp’

25 Aug



Austria
 Monday, August 25, 2014 at 21.00 
SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY • RIHM • GUSTAV MAHLER YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Tzimon Barto, Piano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

As a child, Wolfgang Rihm wanted to be a painter, then a writer and finally a composer. Entire groups of works illustrate his close relationship with the visual arts, while numerous artist friendships give testament to the constant flow of energy between Wolfgang Rihm and painting.
His anti-cyclical ‘over-painting’ of works that seem to grow from one germ cell has led to large-scale open series and complexes of works. Starting with his Chiffren and Tutuguri cycles from the 1980s, Rihm made it clear that in his flow of music, form generates itself from beginnings and endings of music. The works Gedrängte Form and Gejagte Form, all the way to his Jagden und Formen (1995–2001), are eloquent examples of this, already evoking the principle of continuous shaping within their titles.
By now, there are three of Rihm’s Will Sound works: Will Sound More (2005/2011) is clearly differentiated from the wild movement of its predecessor Will Sound (2005) by its lyrical moments. ‘Something will sound because it wants to sound’, Rihm wrote about this: ‘The composer follows the will and the process of becoming and notates the spaces in between. The result is a form which reflects the energy wanting to shape itself.’ Expanding the work further, the composer has written Will Sound More Again, first performed in October 2011. With their free interplay of musical forces and their existence-affirming attitude, these Will Sound works are also an extension of his Jagden und Formen into a new complex of works.
The world premiere of a new piano concerto by Wolfgang Rihm is an event to look forward to particularly. Rihm began to compose piano music as a teenager. A first piano concerto is dated 1969. One year later and for a period of one decade exactly, he created seven very different and expansive piano works which set standards in contemporary piano literature on account of their playing technique, sensuality of sound, energy and aesthetics. Nachstudie for piano (1992/1994), lasting almost half an hour and placing enormous demands on the pianist as a whole, can be considered the crowning highlight of his piano oeuvre so far.
The entire experience of his life as a composer so far, all his studies of tradition – despite all outside interference – and all his visions for the history of piano music, far from complete: Wolfgang Rihm will bring them all to bear on his new piano concerto for pianist Tzimon Barto. One thing we can be sure of: musical balance will be attained through great arches of tension, through an audible ‘cutting into one’s own flesh’ and an articulation of tradition ‘which can only ever be my tradition’: ‘There are no historical models anymore, but there are positions which define a Now with a view to a Past (not derived from it), allowing us to see the Past as another Now (that of the past).’


Wolfgang Rihm : Piano Concerto No. 2
Anton Bruckner : Symphony No. 7 in E

25 Aug



Austria
 Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Ink Still Wet
Grafenegg Auditorium
3485 Grafenegg 10 Österreich
Austria
+43 (0)1 586 83 83
http://www.grafenegg.com
tickets@tonkuenstler.at

Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des Composer-Conductor-Workshops, conductor
Jörg Widmann, director, presentation
Lothar Zagrosek, director of studies

«Ink Still Wet» is the title of the workshop offering composers the opportunity to rehearse their own compositions with a professional orchestra. Under the guidance of Jörg Widmann (Composer in Residence) and Lothar Zagrosek, one of the world’s leading conductors of contemporary music, the participants take the conductor’s stand to work on a finished performance of their music. «Ink Still Wet» promotes creative exchange not only between the writers and performers of contemporary music, but also the audience. Every stage of the workshop as well as the final concert are open to the public and free of charge. At the post-concert talk with the artists, you are invited to learn more about how composers and orchestras work together!

Contemporary Composers : Various

26 Aug



Scotland
 Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 11am 
Scottish Ensemble Commonwealth Strings
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk

Scottish Ensemble

A vibrant celebration of the richness and diversity of music-making across the Commonwealth. The Scottish Ensemble brings together 14 of Scotland's foremost string players in a tightly knit ensemble, famed for its luminous, ardent performances. It is joined by Commonwealth Strings, a group of exceptional young string players selected from across the Commonwealth for this Festival performance, in a concert contrasting glorious English classics and rich Antipodean evocations.

Elgar's noble yet virtuosic Introduction and Allegro is joined by Vaughan Williams's mystical 'Tallis Fantasia', interspersed with the vivid nature evocations of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe's joyful Third Sonata for Strings and a new Festival commission from leading New Zealand composer Gareth Farr. The concert ends with the jazzy rhythms of Tippett's thrilling Concerto for Double String Orchestra.


Edward Elgar : Introduction and Allegro
Peter Sculthorpe : Sonata for Strings No 3
Vaughan Williams : Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Gareth Farr : Relict Furies for mezzo soprano and double string orchestra
Michael Tippett : Concerto for Double String Orchestra

26 Aug



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7.45pm 
FESTIVAL FINALE
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800
http://www.presteignefestival.com

Gemma Rosefield cello | Ilid Jones oboe
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
George Vass conductor



Krzysztof Penderecki : Serenade for string orchestra
Maciej Zieliński : Concello
Stephen McNeff : Concello
Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Serenade in C, Op 48

27 Aug



Switzerland
 Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan | Midori
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | James Gaffigan conductor | Midori violin

Do composers always follow the strict rules of logic when they write their works? No, says the pianist Alfred Brendel, who compares Franz Schubert’s approach to that of a sleepwalker groping about as if in a dream. Rather than dissect his musical material, he repeats it, transforming and showing it in a new light. The psychological impression left on the listener is remarkable: “We feel as though we are not masters of the situation but its victims,” declares Brendel. James Gaffigan and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra will demonstrate this astonishing effect when they perform the Great Symphony in C major, about whose “heavenly lengths” Robert Schumann rhapsodized. As to which path composer-in-residence Johannes Maria Staud will take, that remains to be disclosed with the world premiere of his new violin concerto, which he wrote for “artiste étoile” Midori.

Carl Maria von Weber : Overture to the Romantic opera Oberon
Johannes Maria Staud : Oskar (Towards a Brighter Hue II)
Franz Schubert : Symphony No. 8 in C major, D. 944 Great

28 Aug 
 
29 Aug 
 
30 Aug



United States
 Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:30pm 
Ince by Ince
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W. Capitol Dr. Brookfield WI 53045
United States
http://www.presentmusic.org/concerts/incebyince.aspx

Tickets: $35, $25, $15. Students 50% off
Present Music Ensemble, conducted by Kamran Ince

Modern yet exotic. Edgy, wild, and hauntingly beautiful. Present Music brings five pieces new to Milwaukee, including three American premieres by PM-favorite Kamran Ince. The program will also be recorded for PM’s 10th CD album. A Turkish bazaar fundraiser will occur before the concert to kick off the season in colorfully audacious style! (Program subject to change.)
Turkish Bazaar -6:00pm
Concert ticket includes admission to bazaar!


Kamran Ince : Zambotufidir
Kamran Ince : Dreamlines
Kamran Ince : Two-Step Passion
Kamran Ince : Partita
Kamran Ince : Asumani

30 Aug



Scotland
 Saturday, August 30, 2014 at  
Jonathan Mills Sandakan Threnody
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk

Ilan Volkov Conductor

Hibla Gerzmava Soprano
Claudia Huckle Contralto
Simon O’Neill Tenor
Andrew Staples Tenor
Jan Martiník Bass

Thomas Trotter Organ

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

The Festival's concert series at the Usher Hall concludes in epic style, with a blazing confrontation between darkness and light given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov.

Edinburgh International Festival Director and composer Sir Jonathan Mills's oratorio Sandakan Threnody honours the 2,500 British and Australian prisoners of war who lost their lives in the death marches in North Borneo during the Second World War.

By contrast, Janáček's Glagolitic Mass is a joyous affirmation of life. A cast of renowned international singers, the full force of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and acclaimed organist Thomas Trotter bring the Festival to a spectacular, jubilant close.


Jonathan Mills : Sandakan Threnody
Leos Janacek : Glagolitic Mass

30 Aug



Switzerland
 Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 4.00pm 
Zehetmair Quartet | Anu Komsi
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Zehetmair Quartet: Thomas Zehetmair violin | Kuba Jakowicz violin | Ruth Killius viola | Christian Elliott violoncello | Anu Komsi soprano

Heinz Holliger enjoys a close artistic friendship with Thomas Zehetmair, for whom he wrote his violin concerto titled Hommage à Louis Soutter. The composer’s Second String Quartet was likewise premiered by Zehetmair and his formidable quartet. The richly expressive sound world that Holliger has created in this work gives the players almost no time to breathe and explores the limits of this genre of “four reasonable people in conversation,” as Goethe once described the string quartet. Claude Debussy took a new look at this long-standing genre in his only string quartet, which is written not for a single, homogeneous ensemble but for four individuals and which disturbed his contemporaries with its unprecedented harmonies and shimmering timbres. We are excitedly looking forward to discovering the new paths Heinz Holliger will forge in his latest work, based on poems by Nikolaus Lenau!

Heinz Holliger : String Quartet no. 2
Claude Debussy : String Quartet in G minor
Heinz Holliger : Increschantüm. Poems by Luisa Famos (1930–1974) for soprano

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