Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera Das Wunder der Heliane (The Miracle of Heliane) has enjoyed a recent period of rediscovery with performances of the work in Brno, Gent, and Freiburg. Last year a production by Deutsche Oper Berlin was awarded “Rediscovery of the year” by Opernwelt magazine. The opera will receive its US premiere this month at the Bard Music Festival as part of the festival’s theme, “Korngold and his world”. The performance will take place on 26 July, performed by the American Symphony Orchestra and conductor Leon Botstein; the director will be Christian Räth.
On February 9 Korngold’s opera Der Ring des Polykrates will be performed in the USA for the first time. The opera will take place in the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas and will be conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Continue reading “Work of the week – Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Der Ring des Polykrates”
Exactly 50 years ago in the autumn of 1966, the Schott publishing house launched a customer magazine presenting new works and products. The ‘Schott-Kurier’ consisted of four pages printed in black and white and was written in German, and therefore only distributed within Germany. Nowadays, our customer magazine has long been bilingual and involves a collaboration of our editors across the world in Mainz, London, Tokyo and New York. The journal is sent to musicians and programmers in over 50 countries and its 20 to 24 pages are devoted not only to new publications and premieres, but also to particularly fascinating works from our back catalogue, united under specific themes.
Schott Journal – News for Music Makers
Today you have received our first magazine with a new look. We have overhauled our layout, restructured our topics and created a special column for children’s music in concert and onstage entitled ‘Children’s Corner’. ‘Schott aktuell’ has been renamed Schott Journal – News for Music Makers. Our goal is to provide even better, more clearly organized and more interesting information on the latest news from Schott.
This first issue is devoted to major choral symphonic works, prompted by a series of premieres of compositions by Pēteris Vasks, Stefan Heucke and our American composer Hannah Lash. fortunately, choral singing is again growing in popularity. In this issue, we hope you make great discoveries of new works, particularly if you are looking for more substantial, large-scale choral symphonies.
World Premieres by:
Pēteris Vasks, Pierre Jalbert, Hannah Lash, Peter Eötvös, Toshio Hosokawa, Alexander Goehr, Richard Wagner, Stefan Heucke, and Enjott Schneider
Forst nights of works by:
Douglas J. Cuomo, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Viktor Ullmann, Engelbert Humperdinck, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Jacques Offenbach, Modest Mussorgskij, Harry Partch, Eberhard Streul, Wilfried Hiller, Nino Rota, Carl Orff, Toshio Hosokawa, György Ligeti, and Paul Lincke
Aribert Reimann, Luigi Nono, Howard Shore, Gustav Mahler/Yoel Gamzou, Chaya Czernowin
We’re proud to announce that recordings of works by Schott composers Julian Anderson, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Sir Michael Tippett have been shortlisted for 2016 Gramophone Classical Music Awards.
From the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s own label, Julian Anderson’s violin concerto In lieblicher Bläue is the opening track on an all-Anderson CD shortlisted in the contemporary category. Featuring three works conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, the release celebrates the Anderson’s tenure as LPO Composer in Residence (2010-2014) and has received rave reviews. In lieblicher Bläue was written for violinist Carolin Widmann and commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.
Also in the contemporary category is the London Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Symphony No. 10 released on the on the LSO Live label. The work was premiered in 2014 by the orchestra along with the LSO chours, baritone Markus Butter Stone and conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. A co-commission between the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the symphony is a deeply moving meditation on the nature of creativity, the artist’s relationship with the past and, ultimately, mortality.
Sir Michael Tippett’s String Quartet Nos. 1-5 are shortlisted in the chamber music category for Wigmore Hall Live’s recording by the Heath Quartet. Spanning a compositional period of over 60 years, the quartets document a fascinating progression of Tippett’s compositional maturation.
Shortlisted in the concerto category, Korngold’s Violin Concerto recorded on the Warner Classics label features Vilde Frang as violin soloist with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony conducted by James Gaffigan.
The Gramophone Awards are among the most prestigious in the world of classical music. 72 recordings have been shortlisted for honours in 2016 and the top three recordings in each category will be announced on 12 August.
- Julian Anderson – profile
- Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – profile
- Sir Michael Tippett – profile
- Erich Wolfgang Korngold – profile
- 2016 Gramophone Classical Music Awards shortlist