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Monday, April 18, 2011

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Stookey - Mahl/er/werk – A Dance Remix

Nathaniel Stookey’s (right) hugely popular work,
The composer is dead, has led to a commission from the NDR Symphonieorchester. Mahl/er/werk uses hundreds of fragments from the nine symphonies – all in their original keys, tempos, and orchestrations – to create a kaleidoscopic remix of Mahler’s work in a 21st century context.

The world premiere on May 20 2011 will take place at the O2 Arena in Hamburg with the orchestra consisting of various youth orchestras and the NDR Symphonieorchester all conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.


Previn’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

André Previn will conduct the world premiere of the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra on June 9 with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. The concerto has been written for Daniel Müller Schott with whom he has performed many chamber music concerts initiated by Anne-Sophie Mutter.



Wallin - Manyworlds

Following the world premiere in Bergen and the performances in Helsinki the co-commissioner NDR Radiophilharmonie will present the German premiere at the Philharmonie Köln on June 22 with its principal conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen. More performances will follow on June 23 and 24 2011 in the orchestra’s home town Hannover. Here an excerpt of Rolf Wallin’s composer note: “ .. But in Manyworlds I deal with many "parallel musics" where every music contains the seed of all the other musics. We can therefore travel from one music to another within a fraction of a second, and one musical situation can have one outcome one time, and later a totally different one.
Hmm. Sounds like the description of a symphony? Well, maybe composers and quantum physicists are more similar than we think?”

Please click here for the complete note.


Ruders Organ Symphony hits Europe

Danish Composer Poul Ruders’ Fourth symphony – An organ Symphony – gets its European premiere at the Carl Nielsen Organ Competition in Odense, Denmark, June 4th. After a well received world premiere in Dallas, Texas, the Symphony is played once in Denmark – and later in the fall again in the UK by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Poul Ruders has written an organ piece – Trio Transcendentale – especially for the Nielsen Competition.


On August 13 the Highgrove Suite, written by Patrick Hawes, follwoing a commission from the Prince of Wales, will receive its public premiere at St John’s Smith Square, London.

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