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20 Aug 
 
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

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



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

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 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 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 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 
 
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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



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



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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Germany
 Friday, September 05, 2014 at 20:00 
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin

Germany

GIDON KREMER violin

SÄCHSISCHE STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN
CHRISTIAN THIELEMANN conductor

Composer Sofia Gubaidulina, who was born in 1931, once wrote that “as an ideal, I regard a kind of relationship to tradition and to new compositional means in which the artist masters all the means – both the new ones and the traditional ones – but in such a way as if he were not paying attention to either. There are composers who construct their works very consciously, but I am one of those who instead tend to ‘cultivate’ their works. And this is why the entire world as I perceive it forms more or less the roots of a tree, and the work which grows out of it represents the branches and the leaves. One can call them new, but they are nonetheless leaves, and from this point of view they are always traditional, old.”

This Sächsische Staatskapelle Berlin concert under Christian Thielemann will present Gubaidulina’s Second Violin Concert, which was composed in 2007 and is titled “In Tempus prasens”; the soloist is Gidon Kremer. Also on the programme is the Ninth Symphony by Anton Bruckner, a composer who also “cultivated” his works – even if for entirely different reasons than Gubaidulina. The lack of understanding that Bruckner’s symphonies were met with – Eduard Hanslick once chastised them as “gigantic snakes” – led to the composer revising many of his works multiple times. Unfinished at the time of Bruckner’s death in 1896, the Ninth was time and again interrupted by work on new versions of the composer’s First, Third and Eighth Symphonies.


Sofia Gubaidulina : In Tempus praesens Concerto for violin and orchestra
Anton Bruckner : Symphony No. 9

6 Sep



United Kingdom
 Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 3.00pm 
A Portrait of Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

Christine Rice mezzo-soprano
Exaudi
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Oliver Knussen conductor

Along with fellow Lancastrian composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwistle celebrates his 80th birthday this year. The Proms marks the occasion with a concert from one of the UK’s leading new music ensembles, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

The group’s relationship with Birtwistle’s music is a long one, and here it performs three of the composer’s classic early works. Each explores the spatial dramatisation of music, playing aural games with the audience and exposing them to intriguing and unfamiliar textures, while never neglecting the ever-unfolding melody that is at the core of all Birtwistle’s music.


Harrison Birtwistle : Verses for Ensembles
Harrison Birtwistle : Dinah and Nick's Love Song
Harrison Birtwistle : Meridian

7 Sep



Germany
 Sunday, September 07, 2014 at 17:00 
Musikfest Berlin
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin

Germany

Nicolas Hodges

In “Serynade”, the piano piece Helmut Lachenmann composed between 1997 and 2000, he traces new sounds the instrument can produce, how they might emerge through differentiated touch techniques or a new way of using the pedals. The wordplay in the title of the approximately 30-minute composition alludes to the first letter of the first name of Lachenmann’s wife, Japanese pianist Yukiko Sugawara. This title, however, also places the composition in a series of piano works by other composers, who took up the tradition of the serenade as a form of sophisticated 18th century entertainment music and sublimated it into subtle musical character portraits. English pianist Nicolas Hodges’ repertoire has included Lachenmann’s “Serynade” for over a decade now, and his interpretation has received high praise, not least from the composer himself. In the first part of his piano evening, Hodges presents “Zwei Linien”, a piece that Wolfgang Rihm spent 13 years on as a kind of “work in progress”. The title of the composition reflects Rihm’s focus on the two-part piano works of Johann Sebastian Bach such as the Inventions or Duetti. Rihm used Bach’s music as a starting point for his own creative work, and Hodges highlights this by opening the recital with Bach’s 4 Duetti BWV 802-805.

J.S. Bach : Four Duets from Clavier-Übung III BWV 802-805
Wolfgang Rihm : Zwei Linien
Franz Schubert : Plaintes d’un troubadour in A flat major from Six Moments musicaux D 780
Helmut Lachenmann : Serynade for piano

8 Sep



Germany
 Monday, September 08, 2014 at 20:00 
Bamberger Symphoniker
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin

Germany

CHRISTINE SCHÄFER soprano
PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD piano
CHRISTIAN SCHMITT organ

BAMBERGER SYMPHONIKER
JONATHAN NOTT conductor

“In ‘The Man Without Qualities’ Musil commented on the zeitgeist of the early 20th century to the effect that: “some spotted new ideas, and others, knowing they would have to move out, really ‘lived’ in the old building one last time. Strauss does it with a huge orchestral apparatus.” (Helmut Lachenmann)

The composer Helmut Lachenmann, who like no other moulded the instrumental language of our time, reveals in this comment his deep admiration for Richard Strauss, man of the fin de siècle, and the link between the two composers also becomes apparent. Richard Strauss features on this evening’s concert programme with his “Four Final Songs” for soprano and orchestra, which was composed a year before his death in 1948 – yet another of his works that explore the possibilities of the late Romantic orchestral apparatus with great expertise and artistry in orchestration. 36 years later, Helmut Lachenmann devoted himself to a musical form that was certainly called into question after 1945 and developed a contemporary redefinition of the genre – the piano concerto. Fragments of material are subjected to a permanent metamorphosis in “Ausklang”, his work piano and orchestra. Max Reger, too, showed in particular in his organ compositions how one could redefine “old forms and genres” – such as choral preludes, fantasies and fugues – that had already been confined to the annals of history.

With this programme and the renowned soloists Christine Schäfer (soprano), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) and Christian Schmitt (organ), the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott are once again guests at Musikfest Berlin.



Max Reger : Fantasy and Fugue for organ in D minor op. 135b
Richard Strauss : Four Last Songs
Helmut Lachenmann : Ausklang

8 Sep



United Kingdom
 Monday, September 08, 2014 at 10.15pm – c11.30pm 
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Birthday Concert
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

Dimitri Ashkenazy clarinet, Proms debut artist
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Ben Gernon conductor, Proms debut artist

On Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s 80th birthday the Proms pays tribute to this leading figure in contemporary British music with a late-night programme of works selected by the composer.

The concert overture Ebb of Winter, commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of its 40th-anniversary celebrations, captures the rugged, rough-hewn beauty of Davies’s Orkney home. We see a different side of island life in the joyous ebullience of the much-loved An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise. The fourth Strathclyde Concerto, for clarinet and orchestra, completes the concert – a thrilling tour de force, demanding equal virtuosity from soloist and ensemble.


Peter Maxwell Davies : Concert Overture 'Ebb of Winter'
Peter Maxwell Davies : Strathclyde Concerto No. 4
Peter Maxwell Davies : An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

9 Sep



United Kingdom
 Tuesday, September 09, 2014 at 7.30pm – c9.40pm 
Americana
Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
http://www.royalalberthall.com

Time for Three
BBC Concert Orchestra
Keith Lockhart conductor

It’s American Night at the Proms, courtesy of the BBC Concert Orchestra and its New York State-born Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart.

Toes will be tapping in a concert that starts with folk songs and dances – joyously orchestrated and reworked by Aaron Copland – and ends in Chris Brubeck’s distinctive blend of classical, jazz, blues and country music. Take an exhilarating musical journey with the UK premiere of 
his Travels in Time for Three – a thrill-ride concerto composed for virtuoso string trio and orchestra.


Aaron Copland : Appalachian Spring – suite
Aaron Copland : Quiet City
Aaron Copland : Rodeo – Four Dance Episodes
Chris Brubeck : Blue Rondo à la Turk (arr. C. Brubeck)
Chris Brubeck : Travels in Time for Three

9 Sep



Germany
 Tuesday, September 09, 2014 at 20:00 
REINFORCEMENT FROM RUSSIA
La Redoute
Bonn
Germany

Borodin Quartet - Quartet in Residence 2012-2014
Ruben Aharonian (Violin)
Sergey Lomovsky (Violin)
Igor Naidin (Viola)
Vladimir Balshin (Cello)

With German Galynin and Igor Raykhelson, the Borodin Quartet are presenting two Russian composers of the 20th and 21st century and thus continuing the development of this cycle. Galynin, who was taught at the Moscow Conservatory by Dmitri Shostakovich and Nikolai Miaskovski, left two string quartets, both of which were first performed and recorded by the Borodin Quartet. In his works, Igor Raykhelson, who was born in St Petersburg in 1961, combines Romantic references with jazz elements to create what he himself describes as ‘lyrical and melodious music’. The programme concludes with Beethoven’s final completed work.



Ludwig Van Beethoven : Quartet for two violins, viola and cello No. 11 in F minor op. 95 ("Quartetto serioso")
Igor Raykhelson : Quartet for two violins, viola and cello No. 1 in F minor
German Galynin : Quartet for two violins, viola and cello No. 2 in F minor
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Quartet for two violins, viola and cello No. 16 in F major op. 135

10 Sep 
 
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Germany
 Friday, September 12, 2014 at 20:00 
IN HONOUR OF PETER EÖTVÖS
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin

Germany

PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA violin

BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER
PETER EÖTVÖS conductor

When conductor Otto Klemperer suggested to Arnold Schönberg in 1937 he compose an orchestral version of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto in G Minor Op. 25, he didn’t need to make the suggestion twice. As Schönberg later stated in telegram style: “1. I like the work. 2. It is only rarely played. 3. It is always badly played, because the better the pianist is the louder he plays, which means the strings can’t be heard.” Following the successful first performance of his orchestration of Brahms’ Piano Quartet Op. 25, Schönberg joked that he had made his contribution serving as a birth assistant for the “Fifth Symphony” by the composer he admired. He countered critical remarks from purists by stating: “My intentions: to strictly adhere to Brahms’ style and not to go further than he himself would have gone were he still alive.” Schönberg’s Brahms’ adaptation comes at the end of this concert with which Musikfest Berlin and the Berliner Philharmoniker congratulate composer and conductor Peter Eötvös on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The international music world is indebted to the Hungarian composer, conductor and tirelessly helpful mentor of young composers and interpreters for excellent works, concerts and initiatives. The programme kicks off with Wolfgang Rihm’s “In-Schrift II”, which he composed for the 50-year celebration of the Berliner Philharmonie and which reflects on the exceptional acoustics of Hans Scharoun’s concert hall from a compositional point of view. At the centre of the concert is Eötvös’ violin concert, “DoReMi”, conducted by the guest of honour himself. The composer personally selected Patricia Kopatchinskaja to interpret the solo part.

Also performance on 13th Sept (19:00)


Wolfgang Rihm : IN-SCHRIFT 2 for orchestra
Peter Eotvos : DoReMi Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 2
Johannes Brahms : Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor op. 25 [1861] Version for orchestra by Arnold Schönberg [1937]

13 Sep 
 
14 Sep



Germany
 Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 17:00 
Mahler Chamber Orchestra / RIAS Kammerchor
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin

Germany

JOSÉ VICENTE CASTELLÓ horn (Brahms)
SEBASTIAN POSCH horn (Brahms)
GAËL GANDINO harp
LADIES OF THE RIAS KAMMERCHOR
FLORIAN HELGATH conductor

STEFAN DOHR horn (Rihm)
MAHLER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
DANIEL HARDING conductor

The horn, the quintessential Romantic instrument, features in this concert programme as both soloist and accompanist. Johannes Brahms composed “Four Songs” for women’s chorus at the beginning of 1860 for the Hamburg Ladies’ Choir he conducted. The instrumentation of two horns and a harp is highly Romantic: the horn as an allegory of the mysterious forest and the sound of the harp as a symbol of aeolian winds. Even the choice of the texts poses a small cross-section through the Romantic period and its literary sources in folk art. 20th century composers such as Arnold Schönberg, Paul Hindemith, Carl Nielsen, György Ligeti and Jean Françaix have explored special instrumental formation of the brass quintet with its unusual modes of expression. In 2003, Wolfgang Rihm made a further enrapturing contribution to this genre with his wind quintet. Rihm at the time dedicated it to Ensemble Wien-Berlin. The recently composed concert for Horn and Orchestra by Wolfgang Rihm is dedicated to Stefan Dohr, the horn player in this ensemble and solo horn player of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The performance at Musikfest Berlin by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding and featuring Stefan Dohr as soloist will be the German premiere.

Johannes Brahms : 4 Songs for women’s chorus, two horns and harp op. 17
Wolfgang Rihm : Wind Quintet
Wolfgang Rihm : Concerto for Horn and Orchestra

15 Sep



Germany
 Monday, September 15, 2014 at 20:00 
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin

Germany

HORNROH MODERN ALPHORN QUARTET

SWR SINFONIEORCHESTER BADEN-BADEN UND FREIBURG
FRANÇOIS-XAVIER ROTH conductor

In many regards, this concert evening begins in an unusual way with the “concerto grosso Nr. 1”, which Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Hass wrote for four alphorns and orchestra. The alphorn is an instrument that has no keys, slides or valves and only produces the pitches in its overtone series. It is known for outdoor use in alpine regions. In his composition “concerto grosso”, Haas has combined the instrument with a large orchestra. The work’s title captures the relationship between alphorn quartet and orchestra, namely the alternation between solo and tutti that leads to confusing and beautiful sound constellations and the term “concertare” refers to the musical enthusiasm and enormous instrumental skills required of the musicians. As Haas states, the virtuosity of the four alphorn players as well as that of the orchestra lies not in their ability to race through scales but to perform microtonal intonation and thereby build a fascinating sound world.

The hornroh modern alphorn quartet and SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg under François-Xavier Roth generate these sound worlds together, giving a whole new perspective on the sound architecture of Anton Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony.


Georg Friedrich Haas : concerto grosso Nr. 1 for four alphorns and large orchestra
Anton Bruckner : Symphony No. 8 in C minor

15 Sep



Scotland
 Monday, September 15, 2014 at 15:00 
Gabrieli, Dowland, Britten, Harvey and Birtwistle
Lammermuir Festival
Elizabeth Hamilton Buildings, Poldrate, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4DA.
Scotland
0131 473 2000
http://www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk

Red Note Ensemble

The site of Prestongrange’s museum has a fascinating industrial history going back to the 16th Century including glass, pottery and brick manufacture as well as mining. The impressive, high-roofed Power House is perfect for this exciting programme of music for brass. The Red Note Ensemble contrast sonorous pieces from the Renaissance with the amazing, spatial effects of contemporary music by composers such as Harvey and Birtwistle. The overwhelming, surround-sound beauty of Jonathan Harvey’s Ricercare played by trumpet virtuoso Mark O’Keeffe makes a fitting climax to a very special event.

“O’Keeffe’s playing was undemonstratively sensational. A stupendous performance”
The Herald


various composers : Various

16 Sep 
 
17 Sep



Germany
 Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 20:00 
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Philharmonie Hall, Berlin

Germany

WDR SINFONIEORCHESTER KÖLN
JUKKA-PEKKA SARASTE conductor

“In art there is no beginning and no end, there is also nothing new and nothing old in an absolute sense. There is just the motion, the interchangeablity, both are nothing deliberate, violent, but natural occurrences of organic life that never stands still but constantly gives birth to new forms and proves its inner strength with precisely this perpetual drive.” (Paul Bekker 1924)

Wolfgang Rihm’s composition “Transitus” for orchestra already contains a reference to audibility in its title. “What matters, says Rihm, is which and how much energy is put into motion. Music is a transfer of energy. ” With “Transitus” he wanted to write a piece that materialized on its own, where one thing grew out of another, yet all events flow into an interminability that is the ambient noise of every music. “Transitus” as a passage or movement process is an image for human existence par excellence. In his most recent work, the Konzertstück für Klaviertrio und Orchester which will premiere on this evening, two different musical forms will be brought together: intimate chamber music and orchestral music. Both works, composed in 2012-2014, will be placed in context with the great C major symphony by Franz Schubert from 1825/26. This constellation is not only fed by the contrast between current and historical events. It is also not a nostalgic glance backwards, but rather an expression of a conception that regards the before and the after of historical construction as permeable and incomplete.


Wolfgang Rihm : Transitus for orchestra
Wolfgang Rihm : Concert Piece for piano trio and orchestra
Franz Schubert : Symphony No. 8 in C major D 944

18 Sep 
 
19 Sep



Germany
 Friday, September 19, 2014 at 20:00 
FOUR MUSICIANS, THREE FOURTEENS
Beethoven-Haus
Bonn
Germany

Kuss Quartett
Bennewitz Quartet
Quatuor Zaïde

1814: Congress of Vienna. 1914: outbreak of the Great War. 2014: Reflexion? Retrospect? The periods which this concert covers in a great arc from Viennese Classicism to the present day take in a major slice of European cultural history: the re-drawing of the map of the continent and its political landscape in 1814, the awakening of the nations and the disaster of 1914, and the modern Europe of 2014. Musically, these changes are represented by Schubert’s mood of a new dawn, Suk’s nationalist Bohemian self-confidence, Arnold Schönberg’s fin-de-siècle sensibilities, and Oliver Schneller’s highly rarefied new musical language.



Franz Schubert : Allegro assai for string quartet in C minor D 703 ("Quartet Movement")
Josef Suk : Meditace na staročeský chorál "Svatý Václave" (Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale "St Wenceslas") for string quartet op. 35a
Oliver Schneller : "Introjections" for string quartet
Arnold Schonberg : "Verklärte Nacht" for two violins, two violas and two cellos

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