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29 Jul



United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Prokofiev, Qigang Chen & Rachmaninov
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212
http://www.royalalberthall.com/
boxofficeenquiries@royalalberthall.com

Meng Meng soprano
Anu Komsi soprano
Piia Komsi soprano
Jia Li pipa
Jing Chang zheng
Nan Wang erhu
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Xian Zhang conductor

Following last night’s Prokofiev piano concerto cycle, tonight’s Prom opens with the Russian’s bright and joyous ‘Classical’ Symphony, which surprised critics of the young firebrand composer with its formal elegance. It’s paired with Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony – beloved for its intimate, lyrical slow movement. Rachmaninov might be the original composer of the ‘big tune’, but it’s an instinct China’s Qigang Chen – a pupil of Messiaen – shares. East and West come together for his evocative Iris dévoilée, pairing traditional Chinese instruments with Western harmonies.


Sergei Prokofiev : Symphony No. 1 in D major, 'Classical'
Qigang Chen : Iris dévoilée
Sergei Rachmaninov : Symphony No. 2 in E minor

30 Jul



Austria
 Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 7.30pm 
SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY • BOULEZ • ORF RADIO-SYMPHONIEORCHESTER WIEN
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

JACK Quartet
Ari Streisfeld, Violin
Christopher Otto, Violin
John Pickford Richards, Viola
Kevin McFarland, Cello

‘It is not enough to construct one’s revolution, one must also dream it’: thus, Pierre Boulez once formulated his artistic credo. It would never have been enough for him to appear only as a prophet of the avant-garde and a radical revolutionary, administering fundamental criticism to rigid, anti-modernist structures with his notorious demand to blow up all opera houses. Instead, as a composer he was always a sensuous poet of sound, striving quite traditionally for technical mastery and personal expression in equal measure, also and especially when experimenting with the latest techniques, such as guided chance and live electronics – a dedicated explorer and reformer. Reflecting his search for perfection and the ideal implementation of his thoughts, many of his pieces have undergone various stages of development, growing in scope, instrumentation and duration and thereby becoming others, as if they were living organisms undergoing maturation. If Salzburg contemporary takes Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday as an occasion to focus on his eminent œuvre, naturally this includes some of the great key works of New Music of the past 70 years – interpreted by the friends, students and comrades-in-arms of this singular musician, who has also made history as a conductor. With the French tradition ranging from Debussy to Boulez’s influential teacher Olivier Messiaen, and the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, the series also highlights some of the music of the past that influenced Boulez. These works are complemented by a new piece by Olga Neuwirth, whose music Pierre Boulez is very fond of: a portrait of the artist as an ageless man.

Pierre Boulez : Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna pour orchestre en huit groupes
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No. 1 in D

31 Jul



United Kingdom
 Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Happenstance: Galvanize Ensemble
Bluecoat Theatre
Liverpool
United Kingdom

Tickets: £4, £5
Joel Bell e.guitar, Kate Halsall harmonium/piano, Paul Fretwell electronics, Phil Maguire sampler, Marjolaine Charbin piano, Jennifer Allum violin, Stephen Hiscock percussion, Donna Lennard Soprano.

Happenstance creates a series of inter and un-connected performances based around the surrealist parlour game (exquisite corpse), using ‘cut up’ techniques. With improvised music by Galvanize ensemble, other music/installation by Tansy Davies, Helen Papaioannou, Robert Szymanek (LSO Soundhub composers’ scheme), Paul Fretwell, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Stockhausen, Ryoko Akama.

Commissions for the project are by Manchester based sound artist Angie Atmadjaja and this performance includes the world premiere of composer Edward Jessen’s MAIDEN NAME.

Supported by Arts Council England


Edward Jessen : MAIDEN NAME

1 Aug



United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 01, 2015 at 6.30pm 
Schubert, Luke Bedford & Bruckner
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

Luba Orgonášová soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
Robert Dean Smith tenor
Derek Welton bass-baritone, Proms debut artist
Orfeón Pamplonés
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena conductor

Although composed for the church, it is in the concert hall that the dramatic scale of Bruckner’s mighty Mass in F minor comes into its own. A new commission from Luke Bedford puts the Royal Albert Hall’s great organ in the spotlight, while opening the concert is Schubert’s ‘Tragic’ Symphony – a work whose heart-on-sleeve emotions are those of a composer still in his teens.

Franz Schubert : Symphony No. 4 in C minor 'Tragic'
Luke Bedford : Instability
Anton Bruckner : Mass No. 3 in F minor

2 Aug



United Kingdom
 Sunday, August 02, 2015 at 3.30pm 
Aurora Orchestra
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

Francesco Piemontesi piano
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon conductor

The Aurora Orchestra staged a Proms first last year when it performed Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 from memory. Now the dynamic young ensemble returns to continue this season’s sequence of family-friendly matinees, giving Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony the same direct, communicative treatment. It is paired with Australian composer Brett Dean’s own homage to nature – a work, he explains, inspired by ‘glorious birdsong, the threat that it faces, the loss, and the soulless noise that we’re left with when they’re all gone’. Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi joins the orchestra for Mozart’s late ‘Coronation’ Concerto, and the afternoon also features the premiere of a new commission from British composer Anna Meredith – also performed from memory.


Brett Dean : Pastoral Symphony
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'
Anna Meredith : Smatter Hauler
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

3 Aug



United Kingdom
 Monday, August 03, 2015 at 7.30pm 
James MacMillan & Mahler
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles conductor

Mahler’s mighty Symphony No. 5 is the climax of this second Prom from Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The work’s intense, contrasting moods – the bitter solemnity of the funeral march, the violence of the second movement and the tenderness of the famous Adagietto – make this one of the great orchestral showpieces. The evening opens with the world premiere of a dramatic new symphony from Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan.

James MacMillan : Symphony No. 4
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

4 Aug 
 
5 Aug 
 
6 Aug 
 
7 Aug



Austria
 Friday, August 07, 2015 at 8.30pm 
SALZBURG CONTEMPORARY • BOULEZ • KLANGFORUM WIEN II
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Sylvain Cambreling, Conductor
Hilary Summers, Contralto
Della Miles, Blues Singer
Tyshawn Sorey, Percussion
Klangforum Wien

‘It is not enough to construct one’s revolution, one must also dream it’: thus, Pierre Boulez once formulated his artistic credo. It would never have been enough for him to appear only as a prophet of the avant-garde and a radical revolutionary, administering fundamental criticism to rigid, anti-modernist structures with his notorious demand to blow up all opera houses. Instead, as a composer he was always a sensuous poet of sound, striving quite traditionally for technical mastery and personal expression in equal measure, also and especially when experimenting with the latest techniques, such as guided chance and live electronics – a dedicated explorer and reformer. Reflecting his search for perfection and the ideal implementation of his thoughts, many of his pieces have undergone various stages of development, growing in scope, instrumentation and duration and thereby becoming others, as if they were living organisms undergoing maturation. If Salzburg contemporary takes Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday as an occasion to focus on his eminent œuvre, naturally this includes some of the great key works of New Music of the past 70 years – interpreted by the friends, students and comrades-in-arms of this singular musician, who has also made history as a conductor. With the French tradition ranging from Debussy to Boulez’s influential teacher Olivier Messiaen, and the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, the series also highlights some of the music of the past that influenced Boulez. These works are complemented by a new piece by Olga Neuwirth, whose music Pierre Boulez is very fond of: a portrait of the artist as an ageless man.

Walter Weidringer

Translated by Alexa Nieschlag


Pierre Boulez : Le Marteau sans maître
Olga Neuwirth : Lonicera Caprifolium (1993)
Olga Neuwirth : Eleanor Suite for blues singer, percussion and ensemble

8 Aug



Austria
 Saturday, August 08, 2015 at 7.30pm 
The Complete Piano Works by Pierre Boulez
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano
Tamara Stefanovich, Piano

Salzburg contemporary is sponsored by Roche
Youth! Arts! Science!

‘It is not enough to construct one’s revolution, one must also dream it’: thus, Pierre Boulez once formulated his artistic credo. It would never have been enough for him to appear only as a prophet of the avant-garde and a radical revolutionary, administering fundamental criticism to rigid, anti-modernist structures with his notorious demand to blow up all opera houses. Instead, as a composer he was always a sensuous poet of sound, striving quite traditionally for technical mastery and personal expression in equal measure, also and especially when experimenting with the latest techniques, such as guided chance and live electronics – a dedicated explorer and reformer. Reflecting his search for perfection and the ideal implementation of his thoughts, many of his pieces have undergone various stages of development, growing in scope, instrumentation and duration and thereby becoming others, as if they were living organisms undergoing maturation. If Salzburg contemporary takes Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday as an occasion to focus on his eminent œuvre, naturally this includes some of the great key works of New Music of the past 70 years – interpreted by the friends, students and comrades-in-arms of this singular musician, who has also made history as a conductor. With the French tradition ranging from Debussy to Boulez’s influential teacher Olivier Messiaen, and the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, the series also highlights some of the music of the past that influenced Boulez. These works are complemented by a new piece by Olga Neuwirth, whose music Pierre Boulez is very fond of: a portrait of the artist as an ageless man.

Walter Weidringer

Translated by Alexa Nieschlag


Pierre Boulez : Notations (12)
Pierre Boulez : Sonate pour piano n°1, 2 & 3
Pierre Boulez : Incises
Pierre Boulez : Une page d’éphéméride
Pierre Boulez : Structures pour deux pianos: Livre II

8 Aug



United Kingdom
 Saturday, August 08, 2015 at 1950-2040 
The Artist, His Muse, The Singer and Her Lover
Kings Place
Kings Cross, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: 7.50
Maria Bovino, soprano
Oliver Curry, piano
Zoe Lister actress
Paul Barker composer/pianist




A Comedy Double-Bill of Synthetic Voice Melodrama

The starting point for Paul Barker's double-bill is how to do opera without a voice. Not just a singing voice, but without any voice at all. My Voice and Me is the autobiography of Oliver Curry, an English tenor who lost his voice as a result of rehearsing I Pagliacci in Naples many decades ago; it left him voiceless, unable to make any sound. He tells the story today with the aid of a synthetic voice (which sounds uncannily like Stephen Hawking) whilst simultaneously playing the piano. Oliver's wife, soprano Maria Bovino, makes an unexpected guest appearance. Of Zoe and the Woman I Sing explores in three acts the relationship between an artist and his muse. Actress Zoë Lister is that muse whom the artist turns into an avatar, the better to control her. The avatar speaks with a unique synthetic voice developed by Toshiba Europe along with Paul Barker, modelled on Zoë, designed to emulate any human emotion. Barker has composed many operas exploring different languages and his most recent, EL Gallo, is an opera for six actors and two string quartets without text. It has been performed across several continents with over 100 performances and has won several awards. His exploration of opera now returns to language but dispenses with singers and expects instrumentalists to act.


Paul Barker : Of Zoe and The Woman I Sing
Paul Barker : My Voice and Me

9 Aug



United Kingdom
 Sunday, August 09, 2015 at 1550-1640 
The Artist, His Muse, The Singer and Her Lover
Kings Place
Kings Cross, London
United Kingdom

Tickets: 7.50
Music & Pianist: Oliver Curry
Soprano: Maria Bovino
Music & Pianist: Oliver Curry
Soprano: Maria Bovino


A Comedy Double-Bill of Synthetic Voice Melodrama

The starting point for Paul Barker's double-bill is how to do opera without a voice. Not just a singing voice, but without any voice at all. My Voice and Me is the autobiography of Oliver Curry, an English tenor who lost his voice as a result of rehearsing I Pagliacci in Naples many decades ago; it left him voiceless, unable to make any sound. He tells the story today with the aid of a synthetic voice (which sounds uncannily like Stephen Hawking) whilst simultaneously playing the piano. Oliver's wife, soprano Maria Bovino, makes an unexpected guest appearance. Of Zoe and the Woman I Sing explores in three acts the relationship between an artist and his muse. Actress Zoë Lister is that muse whom the artist turns into an avatar, the better to control her. The avatar speaks with a unique synthetic voice developed by Toshiba Europe along with Paul Barker, modelled on Zoë, designed to emulate any human emotion. Barker has composed many operas exploring different languages and his most recent, EL Gallo, is an opera for six actors and two string quartets without text. It has been performed across several continents with over 100 performances and has won several awards. His exploration of opera now returns to language but dispenses with singers and expects instrumentalists to act.



Paul Barker : Of Zoe and The Woman I Sing
Paul Barker : My Voice and Me

10 Aug 
 
11 Aug 
 
12 Aug 
 
13 Aug 
 
14 Aug



Scotland
 Friday, August 14, 2015 at 7.30pm 
MacMillan & Sibelius
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Edward Gardner Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Colin Currie Percussion
Anna Larsson Mezzo soprano
Johan Reuter Baritone


For composer James MacMillan, Scottish percussionist Colin Currie’s captivating playing combines accuracy, sensitivity and a real sense of emotion – alongside a deep musicality and natural showmanship.

Currie is the dedicatee of MacMillan’s new Second Percussion Concerto, which has a special focus on the scintillating sounds of metal percussion and a provocative combination of lyricism and visceral energy. It’s a tough physical workout for Currie as soloist – and a thrilling ride for listeners.

After the interval, Edward Gardner conducts one of Sibelius’s grandest works. Kullervo tells a moving, dramatic tale of guilt and redemption from Finnish folklore, with acclaimed Swedish contralto Anna Larsson, respected Danish baritone Johan Reuter and the combined choral might of the Edinburgh Festival and RSNO Choruses.


James MacMillan : Percussion Concerto No 2
Jean Sibelius : Kullervo

15 Aug



Austria
 Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 8pm 
PIERRE BOULEZ • Répons
Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/
info@salzburgfestival.at

Matthias Pintscher, Conductor
Hidéki Nagano, Piano
Sébastien Vichard, Piano
Frédérique Cambreling, Harp
Luigi Gaggero, Cymbal
Samuel Favre, Vibraphone
Gilles Durot, Xylophone
IRCAM: Andrew Gerzso and Gilbert Nouno, Electronic Realization
Ensemble intercontemporain

‘It is not enough to construct one’s revolution, one must also dream it’: thus, Pierre Boulez once formulated his artistic credo. It would never have been enough for him to appear only as a prophet of the avant-garde and a radical revolutionary, administering fundamental criticism to rigid, anti-modernist structures with his notorious demand to blow up all opera houses. Instead, as a composer he was always a sensuous poet of sound, striving quite traditionally for technical mastery and personal expression in equal measure, also and especially when experimenting with the latest techniques, such as guided chance and live electronics – a dedicated explorer and reformer. Reflecting his search for perfection and the ideal implementation of his thoughts, many of his pieces have undergone various stages of development, growing in scope, instrumentation and duration and thereby becoming others, as if they were living organisms undergoing maturation. If Salzburg contemporary takes Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday as an occasion to focus on his eminent œuvre, naturally this includes some of the great key works of New Music of the past 70 years – interpreted by the friends, students and comrades-in-arms of this singular musician, who has also made history as a conductor. With the French tradition ranging from Debussy to Boulez’s influential teacher Olivier Messiaen, and the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, the series also highlights some of the music of the past that influenced Boulez. These works are complemented by a new piece by Olga Neuwirth, whose music Pierre Boulez is very fond of: a portrait of the artist as an ageless man.

Walter Weidringer

Translated by Alexa Nieschlag


Pierre Boulez : Répons

16 Aug



United Kingdom
 Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Michael Finnissy Premiere
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

Julian Rachlin violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor

The Proms’ Sibelius symphony cycle continues with the concise, intricately wrought Third and the darker Fourth – once described by conductor Herbert Blomstedt as ‘an essay in trying to be happy which fails – on purpose’. These are paired with the composer’s popular Violin Concerto with Lithuanian soloist Julian Rachlin. Conductor Ilan Volkov is a passionate champion of contemporary music and here premieres a new Sibelius-inspired work by Michael Finnissy – a composer whose music, though fascinatingly complex, finds real connection with politics, society and culture.


Jean Sibelius : Symphony No. 3 in C major
Jean Sibelius : Violin Concerto in D minor
Michael Finnissy : Janne
Jean Sibelius : Symphony No. 4 in A minor

17 Aug 
 
18 Aug 
 
19 Aug



Austria
 Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 8pm 
Golden Dragon
Bregenz Festival

Austria
http://www.bregenzerfestspiele.com

Music theatre (2014)
Libretto by Roland Schimmelpfennig
adapted by Peter Eötvös
First performance in Austria
Co-production with Ensemble Modern
and Oper Frankfurt

An Asian fast-food restaurant where five people from different generations meet. A small man suffering from toothache. The fable of the ant and the cricket. A tooth that is removed with a wrench and lands in a stewardess's bowl of soup. A family that makes a phone call from the gap in the teeth.

Roland Schimmelpfennig's theatrical fable The Golden Dragon, which premiered at Vienna's Burgtheater in 2009, has been adapted by the Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös as a many-layered piece of music theatre, in which five performers play 18 roles. After its world premiere at Oper Frankfurt, the most recent stage work by one of the most successful opera composers of our time is now being performed at the Bregenz Festival. For the production, the world renowned Ensemble Modern is returning to Lake Constance after a ten-year absence.


Peter Eotvos : Golden Dragon

20 Aug



United States
 Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:00pm August 20-30 (no performance August 24), Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p. 
Van Gogh Re-Imagined in Theatrical Concert Series 8/20-30
Stone House
250 Division Street
United States
413-528-0524
http://www.aier.org

Tickets: $85
Ensemble for the Romantic Century

Hailed recently by The New York Times as “ingenious,” New York City’s Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC) returns to the Berkshires for the third consecutive summer with the regional premiere of the theatrical concert Van Gogh’s Ear. In partnership with the American Institute for Economic Research and the Clark Art Institute, the 10-day, 12-performance series of Van Gogh’s Ear complements Clark’s art exhibition Van Gogh and Nature and features a special pre-performance discussion August 25th led by the Clark’s curator at large, Richard Kendall.


21 Aug



Switzerland
 Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7.30pm 
Cortège pour violon, accompagné de “La Fanfare Harmonie du village”
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Basler Madrigalisten | Raphael Immoos conductor | Desirée Meiser stage direction | Silvester von Hösslin narrator | Noëlle-Anne Darbellay violin and voice | Matthias Schranz violoncello | Lanet Flores Otero clarinet | Daniele Pintaudi piano and mime | Blanka Kertész piano


Jürg Wyttenbach has always defied borders – whether between the arts, genres, or stylistic levels. This is clear from the first sampling of his Lucerne retrospective as composer-in-residence, when we will encounter instrumentalists transformed into singers and actors, clowning into performance art, vocal experimentation into enigmatic chansons, and eccentric miniatures into a half-hour-long madrigal play that here receives its world premiere. Above all this hovers the spirit of Mani Matter, the famous Swiss singer-songwriter. A colorful evening on the cusp between anarchy and artistic alchemy is what you should expect. And you can be sure it will turn to gold thanks not only to Wyttenbach’s musical and theatrical imagination but also to his rebellious and mischievous sense of humor.


Jürg Wyttenbach : Sutil und Laar
Jürg Wyttenbach : Trois chansons violées
Jürg Wyttenbach : Una chica en Nirvana
Jürg Wyttenbach : ist klang der sinn?
Jürg Wyttenbach : Es git en Bueb mit Name Fritz
Jürg Wyttenbach : Matter
Jürg Wyttenbach : Der Unfall

22 Aug



Switzerland
 Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11am 
Youth Philharmonic of Central Switzerland | Jürg Wyttenbach | Carolin Widmann | Talvi Hunt | Maria Korovatskaya
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Youth Philharmonic of Central Switzerland | Jürg Wyttenbach conductor | Carolin Widmann violin | Talvi Hunt piano | Maria Korovatskaya soprano

Music as a way of viewing images: in Jürg Wyttenbach’s Violin Concerto from 2013 the instrumentalists seem to have jumped straight out of the screen. And indeed Gustave Courbet’s famous monumental painting A Burial in Ornans will be projected as an enlarged image on the stage. Wyttenbach has translated Courbet’s “rigidified dance of death” into a “masterful piece of music theater,” wrote the Basler Zeitung following the world premiere. His Cortège (“Procession, Funeral March”) is led by the solo violin – played by the wonderful Carolin Widmann – as the ”harlequin of death,” while the other musicians represent the villagers: the bass tuba for example is the heavyset mayor, while the trumpets are two old veterans of the Revolution. A procession also comes to mind in Charles Ives’s Third Symphony, The Camp Meeting, which evokes the eponymous Presbyterian revival meeting with its church hymns, much as the composer experienced them in his childhood.


Jürg Wyttenbach : Divisions for piano and nine solo strings
Modest Mussorgsky : The Nursery
Charles Ives : Symphony No. 3 The Camp Meeting
Jürg Wyttenbach : Cortège pour violon, accompagné de “La Fanfare Harmonie du village”

22 Aug



Switzerland
 Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 4pm 
Jürg Wyttenbach: Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne
Switzerland
http://e.lucernefestival.ch

Alpini Vernähmlassig | Franziskus Abgottspon narrator

“His drive for freedom is like a stream that floods everything and in which everything has a place, from the craziest and most blasphemous to the most intelligent.” Composer-in-residence Jürg Wyttenbach has always been fond of the French Renaissance novelist François Rabelais. He is especially fascinated by the open, indeed wildly episodic layout of Rabelais’ masterwork Gargantua and Pantagruel, which indulges an irrepressible love for storytelling and “in that very moment recreates the form of the novel and language.” Corresponding to this is Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais, which was initially conceived as part of a richly associative collage opera on Rabelais that was never completed. It juxtaposes folkloric and experimental approaches, folk music instruments and advanced playing techniques, life-affirming earthiness and ambiguous Dadaist language games. Originally written for the Oberwalliser Spillit, Wyttenbach has newly arranged his “questionable, though thoroughly bucolic scenes” – as the subtitle has it – for the Lucerne-based ensemble Alpini Vernähmlassig.


Jürg Wyttenbach : Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais oder: “Was sind das für Sitten!?”

22 Aug



Scotland
 Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 9.30pm 
Magnetic Rose Oneohtrix Point Never
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk



Experimental American composer Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) performs a new live soundtrack to accompany a screening of the Katsuhiro Otomo film Magnetic Rose. Oneohtrix, recently cited by NME as one of the ‘100 most influential artists’, creates futuristic soundscapes that continuously conjure mystical images of the unknown. This Scottish premiere adds a whole new dimension to the accompanying footage. The second part of the evening features a performance of Bullet Hell Abstraction IV, a new composition inspired by video games.


Daniel Lopatin : Magnetic Rose

23 Aug 
 
24 Aug



Scotland
 Monday, August 24, 2015 at 8pm 
Max Richter Recomposed | Memoryhouse
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk



Pioneering British musician Max Richter inhabits an indefinable realm between contemporary classical and indie pop, creating achingly gorgeous soundscapes that combine the icy purity of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt with the richness of contemporary electronica.

Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons is Richter’s subtly radical postmodern remix of one of classical music’s best-loved works, taking the great Baroque composer’s four concertos as the starting point for a startling musical transformation bringing in loops, samples, drifting ambient soundscapes and monumental walls of sound.

This special Festival performance brings together the work’s original performers – respected international solo violinist Daniel Hope, conductor and contemporary music specialist André de Ridder, with Richter himself on keyboards and electronics – who are joined by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Memoryhouse is an intoxicating journey through the beauty and tragedy of 20th-century Europe, combining music, poetry and voices to explore stories real and imagined, with Baroque harpsichord, soaring strings, poignant piano, electronics and orchestra.

Max Richter’s Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons is the music for Wayne McGregor’s Kairos performed by Ballett Zürich at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 27–29 Aug


Max Richter : Recomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Max Richter : Memoryhouse

25 Aug 
 
26 Aug 
 
27 Aug



United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 8pm 
Chamber Opera Double Bill
Presteigne Festival

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

Ruth Kirsty Hopkins
Desmond Howard Quilla Croft
David Greg Tassell
Richard Williams director ∙ George Vass conductor
Nova Music Ensemble

Nova Music Opera brings together a pair of contemporary chamber operas by Charlotte Bray and Thomas Hyde about misunderstood characters from modern British history. In the sixtieth anniversary year of her controversial execution, the end of Ruth Ellis’ life is examined in Charlotte Bray’s work Entanglement.

Thomas Hyde’s That Man Stephen Ward, premiered to wonderful reviews in 2008, charts the demise of one of the more tragic characters involved in the Profumo scandal of the early 1960s.


Charlotte Bray : Entanglement
Thomas Hyde : That Man Stephen Ward

28 Aug



Scotland
 Friday, August 28, 2015 at 9.15pm 
Wave Movements
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh
Scotland
http://www.eif.co.uk



Composers Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, also members of rock bands Arcade Fire and The National respectively, take as inspiration the different wave cycles of the world’s oceans in a work for string orchestra and film. The music, composed directly to the actual rhythms of waves, is performed live by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to a film made by the photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto who created an iconic series of seascape photos in the 1980s.

The two acclaimed musicians will perform alongside members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Heart & Breath, with Bryce Dessner on guitar and Richard Reed Parry on bass. Heart & Breath is based around the idea of using the widely varying internal rhythms of the performers’ bodies as performance parameters, relying on the breathing rates of the players to determine the pace of the music.

Dessner's Murder Ballades will also be performed by members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is a fascinating score based on American ballads about murder. It was originally created as a score for a piece by L.A. Dance Project, who appeared at the Festival in 2013.


Bryce Dessner : Murder Ballades
Richard Reed Parry : Heart & Breath

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