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Faber Music signs German composer, Torsten Rasch02/02/2005
Faber Music Ltd has announced the signing of an exclusive publishing agreement with the young German composer Torsten Rasch (b. 1965).
Following many years writing film scores in Japan, Rasch came to prominence in his native Germany with with the premiere and subsequent Deutsche Gramophon release of his orchestral song cycle Mein Herz brennt, which takes its text and musical inspiration from existing songs by the hugely popular German industrial metal band Rammstein, who first hit the international rock scene in the mid-1990s and who now have sold over 7 million albums worldwide.
Despite this, accoring to Fabers, "Rasch’s work, traces, quite surprisingly, the lineage of Mahler, Berg and Zemlinsky with hardly any reference to popular musical language at all. "
Adès's 'The Tempest' nominated for Olivier Award02/02/2005
Thomas Adès and the Royal Opera House have been nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Opera category in the 2005 Olivier Awards, for the world premiere production of Adès’s opera The Tempest.
The award ceremony takes place on 20 February at the London Hilton, Park Lane. A star-studded guest list is anticipated, with names such as Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Judi Dench, Michael Crawford and Jonathan Pryce all having been nominated.
George Tsontakis wins Grawemeyer award29/01/2005
George Tsontakis' ‘Violin Concerto No. 2' has won $200,000 Grawemeyer music, the largest award in contemporary classical music. Previous winners include Pierre Boulez, John Adams, Gyorgy Ligeti and Thomas Ades.
British Composer awards; the winners26/01/2005
The 2004 British Composer Award winners:
James Dillon for the Soadie Waste (Chamber category)
Judith Bingham for The Christmas Truce (choral)
Martin Kiszko for Inua (community/project)
Judith Bingham for Missa Brevis; the Road to Emmaeus (liturgical)
Cameron Sinclair for The Secret of the Universe (making music award)
Julian Anderson for Symphony (orchestral)
Richard Causton for Seven States of Rain (solo and duo)
Simon Holt for Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? (stage works)
Judith Weir for The Voice of Desire (vocal)
Adam Gorb for Towards Nirvana (Wind/brass ensemble)
Luke Bedford for Rode with Darkness (BBC Radio 3 listeners award)
The Nash Ensemble; new works this spring26/01/2005
The Nash Ensemble is 40 years old this year, and they celebrate their anniversary by commissioning 10 new pieces, by Mark Anthony Turnage, Harrison Birtwhistle, Elliot Carter, Oliver Knussen, David Horne, Colin Matthews, Julian Anderson, Jonathan Cole and Huw Watkins.
The new works will be performed at events on 19 February and 16 March.
Vasari Singers celebrate 25 years26/01/2005
The vasari Singers have celebrated their 25th anniversary this year by inviting ten British composers to write new works for a concert at St John's, Smith Square in May.
The composers are:
Will Todd and Ward Swingle
Gaddafi the opera coming to ENO15/01/2005
ENO is to open it's doors to the Asian Dub Foundation (ADF), an ethno-punk band from London. In a move which is seen either as a radical shake up of stuffy operatic conventions, or as a desperate attempt to attract a new audience, ADF are planning a work based on the life and times of Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi.
That aside, the 2005 season refocusses the company on English and English-language opera, with works by Britten, Vaughan Williams, as well a premiere of Irish composer Gerald Barry's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.
Tippett Centenary site launched06/01/2005
To celebrate the centenary of Michael Tippett's birth, publishers Schott have launched a new website http://www.tippett100.com covering the anniversary celebrations.
Tippet's operas feature prominently in the year's activities including performances of King Priam, Midsummer Marriages , The Knot Garden and the first staged performance of A Child of Our Time (English National Opera)
Ludovico Einaudi signs to Chesters06/12/2004
Ludovico Einaudi has signed a long-term exclusive publishing agreement with Music Sales' principal classical imprint Chester Music. The new contract covers all future works spanning the worlds of live performance, film and TV. Einaudi has just released his fourth album 'Una Mattina'.
Einaudi claims influences ranging from minimalism through to pop groups like Coldplay and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Jenkins premieres by Evelyn Glennie and the LSO30/11/2004
Over the coming months Karl Jenkins has new works toured by Evelyn Glennie, included in the Wales Millennium Centre opening celebrations, and premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra
On 23 November Evelyn Glennie premieres Karl Jenkins's new work, La Folia, which combines the composer’s twin fascinations with baroque music and percussion. The score was commissioned by IMG Artists (UK) Ltd and Glennie gives the first performance at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich. In the coming months La Folia is toured around the UK with the City of London Sinfonia, the Manchester Camerata and the Northern Sinfonia, amounting to 15 performances. The first London performance is at St John’s Smith Square on 26 November within a fund-raising Royal Gala for Music in Hospitals. Dutch performances are planned in March 2005 in Enschede and Eindhoven. Please see below for tour dates.
La Folia arranges music by Arcangelo Corelli into a 15-minute work for marimba and strings. The original Folia was an Iberian dance whose tumultuous rhythms drove the participants towards madness. The tune reached its peak of popularity in the late 17th century and it was actively taken up by leading baroque composers including Lully, Corelli and Bach. The Corelli version has stimulated a further generation of arrangers including Rachmaninoff and Ponce, while arrangers of the original theme range from Paganini to Vangelis.
Jenkins is a great admirer of baroque music, incorporating its figuration and rhythmic energy into many of his works, most noticeably Palladio for strings. In turn his modern-baroque fusion has attracted the advertising industry, including the now-classic usage of Palladio in the De Beers ‘A Diamond is Forever’ campaign. Jenkins is a skilled writer for percussion, experimenting during his time with Soft Machine and blending orchestral and world music percussion in the Adiemus series. La Folia is his second work for Evelyn Glennie, following Metallum composed in 2000.
Jenkins commission for Welsh Millennium Centre opening gala
The music of Karl Jenkins features prominently in the opening weekend programmed by Bryn Terfel at the Welsh Millennium Centre, Cardiff’s new flagship arts centre. The events reach their climax with a Royal Gala Concert on 28 November, featuring the premiere of Jenkins’s In these stones horizons sing in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Prince Charles. The work is scored for baritone, harp, jazz soloists, massed choirs and orchestra, and combines the talents of baritone Bryn Terfel, harpist Catrin Finch, saxophonist Nigel Hitchock, four winning choirs from the Côr Cymru 2003 competition, and the Welsh National Opera orchestra.
One of the movements is also the main anthem for the Welsh Millennium Centre, to be heard when the key unlocks the door on 26 November. It sets music to Gwyneth Lewis’s words which are dramatically etched into the slate exterior of the arts centre: "In These Stones Horizons Sing". The other three movements employ texts by Menna Elfyn and a poem by Grahame Davies celebrating the Welsh slate mining industry. Celtic influences remain central to Jenkins’s output: he was born inPenclawdd near Swansea, studied music at the University of Wales in Cardiff, and is today widely regarded as the country’s most successful international composer.
Sir Colin Davis conducts LSO in Jenkins’s centenary Quirk
Karl Jenkins is one of the four composers who have been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra to create concertante works to celebrate the orchestra’s centenary season in 2004/05. His 20-minute score, titled Quirk and scored for flutes, keyboards, percussion and orchestra, is premiered under the baton of Sir Colin Davis on 6 February at the Barbican. The three concertante soloists are LSO principals Neil Percy (percussion), Gareth Davies (flutes) and John Alley (piano).
Karl Jenkins: La Folia
performances by Evelyn Glennie
Northern Sinfonia / Bradley Creswick
11 Jan University Arts Centre, Warwick
Manchester Camerata / Richard Howarth
12 Jan Derngate Centre, Northampton
Northern Sinfonia / Bradley Creswick
14 Jan The Sage, Gateshead
15 Jan am The Sage, Gateshead
15 Jan Town Hall, Leeds
16 Jan The Anvil, Basingstoke
17 Jan Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
20 Jan Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
21 Jan Sands Centre, Carlisle
Manchester Camerata / Richard Howarth
22 Jan Victoria Theatre, Halifax
City of London Sinfonia / Nicholas Ward
24 Feb Central Theatre, Chatham
5 Mar Enschede (Dutch premiere)
6 Mar Philips Music Centre, Eindhoven
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