Nico Muhly in Concertgebouw tonight

Britten Sinfonia
Pekka Kuusisto, viool/leiding
Mark Padmore, tenor
Jacqueline Shave, viool

* Purcell – Fantasia a 7 in c, Z 738 (arr. N. Muhly)
* Purcell/Muhly – Let the Night Perish (Job’s Curse), Z 191
* Purcell – Fantasia Upon One Note, a 5 in F, Z 745 (arr. N. Muhly)
* Tippett – A Lament (uit ‘Divertimento on Sellinger’s Round’)
* Britten – Les illuminations, op. 18
* Reich – Duet
* Muhly – Impossible Things
* J. Adams – Shaker Loops (Version for String Orchestra)

Voorafgaand aan het concert in de Grote Zaal zullen Pekka Kuusisto en Nico Muhly worden geïnterviewd.
Aanvang: 19.35 uur, Spiegelzaal. Reserveren is niet nodig.

New Chamber Music Salon in Copenhagen

Tonight, Copenhagen gets a new salon for the chamber music society: Den Collinske Gaard. Greater Copenhagen already has around 15 venues, but very few privately owned. It is located in very historical buildings in central Copenhagen next to The Royal Palace. The opening concert is performed by the Japanese pianist Eriko Makimura with a programme of selected themes and compositions from the movies, including Michael Nyman and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Oh, and there is also Chopin! THE CONCERT IS SOLD OUT.

Marin Alsop will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in this new performance

The Frans Lanting Studio announced the London Premiere of the multimedia production of LIFE: A Journey Through Time, which will be performed for a special evening “Celebrating Our Planet,” on Sunday February 21, 2010, at London’s Barbican Centre.

Marin Alsop will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in this new performance of LIFE, which features the imagery of Frans Lanting and the music of Philip Glass in a one-hour multimedia orchestral production that celebrates the splendor of life on Earth. LIFE interprets the history of life on our planet in seven movements, from its earliest beginnings to its present diversity, in a work that merges the photographic arts, science, and music. “Lanting’s majestic photographs dance lightly across a huge screen over the orchestra, while some of Glass’s most elegant music pulses underneath,” writes The Washington Post.

It’s a celebration of nature in all its glory.

Alsop, the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted the world premiere of LIFE in Santa Cruz, California, in 2006, as well as subsequent performances in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and at New York’s Lincoln Center. Since its premiere, LIFE has been performed in major concert halls in both North America and Europe, and for celebrations including the Gala Opening of the World Science Festival in New York, the World Wilderness Congress in Merida, Mexico, and in Geneva, Switzerland, at the official ceremony to inaugurate CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful machine ever built to study the origins of the universe.

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On This Day: Birth of British cellist Jacqueline du Pré in Oxford (1945)

Born January 26, 1945 in Oxford, England, (died October 19, 1987 in London, England); daughter of Derek and Iris (Greep) Du Pre; married Daniel Barenboim, June 15, 1967; Education: London Cello School; Guildhall School of Music, London, 1960; studied with William Pleeth, Paul Tortelier, Pablo Casals, Mstislaw Rostropovich. Education: London Cello School.

The career of young Jacqueline DuPré lasted a brief 12 years and during that time she graced the stages of the great concert halls of the world, with her passionate performances. Tragically, in October of 1973 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, leaving her unable to play her cello. The extraordinary talent and charisma of young DuPré were fondly extolled in tributes from her friends and musical colleagues, both during her lifetime and after her death. Recordings of her emotive performances retained their appeal for decades afterward. She is perhaps best remembered by the strains of the Elgar Concerto her signature musical and her numerous renditions of that composition.

The great pianist Earl Wild has died

Gave first live solo piano recital on US television – and 58 years later, on the internet too.

Earl Wild was one of the greatest pianists in history. In many ways he may be said to be unique. His omnivorous repertoire took in the works of more composers than almost any other pianist – from Buxtehude, Bach and Mozart through all the great pianist-composers of the 19th century (and a few more besides) to Hindemith, Copland, Menotti, Creston and Gould.

He composed and transcribed all his life leaving an impressive body of work that runs from his scintillating études on Gershwin’s songs and Rachmaninov song transcriptions to his 1962 oratorio Revelations (commissioned by ABC), the “Doo-Dah” Variations for piano and orchestra, and his Piano Sonata (premiered in 2000), its final Toccata movement marked “à la Ricky Martin”. Leaving aside the transcendental technique – Wild had one of the supreme keyboard mechanisms – the sheer beauty of tone he unfailingly produced serves as a model for any pianist.

Full article here.

Listen to Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos on Spotify here.

(Photo:  Earl Wild playing a Shigeru Kawai at Disney Hall).


RHYTHM IS IT! – The Dance Performance shows the first piece of the DANCE SERIES: the complete dance performance of LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS with 250 young dancers, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle in front an audience of 3000 at the Arena Berlin.

A Film by Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch

© 2005 BOOMTOWN MEDIA International

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet @ University Of Texas In Austin

January 27, 2010, 8:00 pm
McCullough Theatre

“Superb…Pure-toned instrumental textures, smoothly blended ensemble and sterling musicianship…marvelous.” – Chicago Tribune

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Berlin) has virtually redefined the sound of the classical wind quintet bringing extraordinary artistic skill, passion and gravitas to world stages. With wind instruments’ hallmark lightness and exuberance, the members of this elite musical group succeed in providing a unity in tone that is both powerful and beautiful. Founded in 1988, during the era of Herbert von Karajan, this was the first permanently established wind quintet in the renowned orchestra’s rich tradition of chamber music.

W. A. Mozart: Fantasy f-minor KV 608 for a mechanical organ
Arranged by Michael Hasel
Anton Reicha: Quintet in D Major
Op. 91, No. 3
Samuel Barber:   Summer music, Op. 31
Carl Nielsen: Quintet Op.43_

Berliner Philharmoniker, Zoltan Pesko, RIAS Kammerchor, Quintetto pro Arte René Giessen

Mon  24. January 2000  8 pm
Tue  25. January 2000  8 pm
Wed  26. January 2000  8 pm

Berliner Philharmoniker
Zoltan Pesko Dirigent
Quintetto pro Arte René Giessen Mundharmonika
Zoltan Kocsis Klavier
RIAS Kammerchor

György Kurtág
Messages op. 34
New Messages op. 34a
Franz Liszt
Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 Es-Dur
György Kurtág
… quasi una fantasia op. 27
Boris Blacher
Orchestervariationen über ein Thema von Paganini op. 26

Podcast: Alan Gilbert/Nico Muhly/Dalston Songs/Julia Jones

Tom Service talks to two New Yorkers – conductor Alan Gilbert in his first season with the New York Philharmonic, and young composer Nico Muhly. Stories are turned into music in Helen Chadwick’s Dalston Songs, and Tom meets British-born conductor Julia Jones ahead of her debut at the Royal Opers House.

Listen now (7 days to listen).

Composers' Workshop 2010

Nico Muhly composer

Student composers New Works

The annual Britten Sinfonia Composers’ Workshop has become a firm fixture in the calendars of up-and-coming  student composers. This year, Nico Muhly, who is in residence with Britten Sinfonia during January and February 2010, will select five pieces written by student composers to be rehearsed and performed by Britten Sinfonia. The workshop is a fascinating opportunity for audiences as well as students to hear the advice and opinions of one of the hottest properties in America’s musical community.

“Very useful – [Oliver Knussen’s] incredibly sharp ears picked out several details that greatly improved my piece and his general comments were also interesting” 2008 student composer

The workshop takes place from 10.30am in the concert hall, with the final concert performance at 3.30pm.

Tickets – available through Cambridge Corn Exchange box office

£8 full day
£5 concert only
£5 workshop only
Students free