On 21 January 2020, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera Violanta will be performed for the first time in Italy. The production will take place at the Tearto Regio, Torino conducted by Pinchas Steinberg. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violanta”
Songs of Mercy and Redemption
• New large work for mixed choir in 13 movements
• For intermediate to advanced singers
• Piano reduction for Decca CD (481 8580)
Miserere: Songs of Mercy and Redemption is a sequence of reflections on the theme of mercy, in response to the recent and ongoing tragic conflicts in the Middle East and other regions.
Woven around verses selected from Psalm 51, the inspiration for composers from Allegri to Pärt, the work features an eclectic range of settings of Rumi, St Thomas Aquinas, Isaac Watts, Carol Barratt and Dylan Thomas.
Scored for countertenor (or mezzo-soprano), solo cello, mixed chorus, strings, harp and percussion, Miserere: Songs of Mercy and Redemption is a profound meditation on humanity and atonement, from the composer of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Requiem, The Peacemakers and Stabat Mater.
On 22 December, Antwerp Cathedral Choir will perform The Fruit of Silence by composer Pēteris Vasks in the splendid setting of Antwerp’s Cathedral of Our Lady. The work, which exists in multiple versions for different instrumentations, will be performed in its version for choir and string orchestra. Continue reading “Work in Focus – Pēteris Vasks: The Fruit of Silence”
On 13 December, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and conductor Jaap van Zweden will give the first performance in nearly 100 years of Willem Mendelberg’s reconstruction of the Adagio and Purgatorio from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony Nr. 10. Mengelberg, once chief conductor of the Concergebouw Orchestra, devoted himself to the promotion of Mahler’s music following the composer’s death. In 1924 he gave the first performance of his version of Mahler’s unfinished tenth symphony in Amsterdam. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Mahler/Mengelberg: Symphonie Nr. 10”
Schott Music is thrilled to announce that Lei Liang has been awarded the prestigious University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition for his orchestral work A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams.
In two movements, A Thousand Mountains, A Million Streams meditates on the loss of landscapes of cultural and spiritual dimensions and implies an intention to preserve and resurrect parallel landscapes, both spiritual and physical. Norman Ryan, Schott Music New York, comments:
Lei Liang’s richly expressive compositional voice reflects the depth and diversity of human experience. Th e exquisite fusion of narrative, symbolic, and lyrical forms in his music heightens our consciousness of the world around us and invites us to embrace a universal humanity. All of us at Schott are deeply proud of Lei Liang and heartily congratulate him on this welldeserved honor.
On 8 December Anno Schreier’s Der Zauberer von Oz will receive its world premiere at the Theater Aachen. Christopher Ward will conduct the cast and orchestra in director Ute M. Engelhardt’s new production. Schreier’s family-orientated ‘magicopera’, liberally sets the famous story initially told in Lyman Frank Baum’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and popularised by the 1939 film adaptation. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Anno Schreier: Der Zauberer von Oz”
On 1 December, Christian Jost’s The Woman in the Gardens of Suzhou will receive its German premiere at the Congresshalle Saarbrücken with the Saarländische Staatsorchester conducted by Jonathon Heyward. The concert forms part of the orchestra’s “Artist in Focus” series which will feature Jost both as composer and conductor throughout the 2019/20 season. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Christian Jost: The Woman in the Gardens of Suzhou”
On 20 November Andrew Norman’s orchestral work, Sustain, will receive its European Premiere at the Barbican, London. The work will be performed by its commissioners, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor, Gustavo Dudamel. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Andrew Norman: Sustain”
The world premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s opera, Heart Chamber, for Deutsche Oper Berlin takes place on 15 November conducted by Johannes Kalitzke. The production, which has been directed by Claus Guth, is realised by a small cast of soloists consisting of Patrizia Ciofi, Noa Frenkel, Dietrich Henschel, and Terry Wey. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Chaya Czernowin: Heart Chamber”
Richard Strauss’ opera Die ägyptische Helena received its world premiere in 1923 in Dresden. This year on 9 December, a new production of the opera will open at La Scala in Milan, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Richard Strauss: Die ägyptische Helena”