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Reich at 80: premieres of Pulse and Runner

Two new Steve Reich ensemble works are announced for premiere in November, within celebrations in New York and London for his 80th birthday.
Pulse is premiered in an all-Reich concert at Carnegie Hall, and its UK premiere is within the Barbican’s Steve Reich at 80 series. Runner receives its first performance at The Royal Ballet in London in a new dancework choreographed by Wayne McGregor.
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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: 1934-2016

Following the death of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies on 14 March, Paul Griffiths pays tribute to the pioneering composer whose works redefined British music in the 1960s, ’70s and beyond.
The versatility of ‘Max’ ranged from shocking music theatre classics such as 8 Songs for a Mad King, through elaborate scores fusing plainsong chant with symphonic thought, to works inspired by his adopted Scotland such as An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise.
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Qigang Chen’s new orchestral variations

The UK premiere of Qigang Chen’s orchestral variations Luan Tan is given by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 May, following performances in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
This month brings the release by Naxos of a new recording featuring Chen’s piano concerto Er Huang, Enchantements oubliés and Un temps disparu. His trumpet concerto Joie Eternelle for Alison Balsom receives its German premiere in Munich in June.
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Debussy orchestrations point towards 2018

The Claude Debussy centenary in 2018 offers opportunities to explore orchestrations and reinventions of his works by leading contemporary composers.
Ranging from settings of Verlaine and Baudelaire to transcriptions of piano works, the featured orchestrations by Adams, Christodoulou, Dean and Holloway transform the originals with insider knowledge of Debussy’s orchestration combined with distinct touches from the composers themselves.
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Thom Willems: ballet scores for Forsythe

The special partnership between composer Thom Willems and choreographer William Forsythe is in the spotlight in July at the Paris Opéra Ballet, the company that has performed their collaborative danceworks over 300 times.
The Forsythe triple bill, celebrating his return as Associate Choreographer, includes two Willems ballet scores, a new version of Approximate Sonata and the addition of Of Any If And to the Paris repertoire.
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Elliott Carter: UK premieres in Aldeburgh

Two late song-cycles by Elliott Carter, The American Sublime and A Sunbeam’s Architecture, receive their UK premieres at the Aldeburgh Festival in June.
These are the last major UK premieres by the American composer who died in 2012. Oliver Knussen, who has championed Carter in Aldeburgh and beyond, conducts performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia.
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Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals in London

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new Stravinsky series with the Philharmonia Orchestra, exploring the full range of the composer’s output, is launched in May with further performances in September.
Embracing music, dance and drama, the series includes classic Stravinsky works, stagings of Agon by Karole Armitage and Oedipus Rex by Peter Sellars, and rare performances of Perséphone and Requiem Canticles. Two of the concerts also travel to the Festival d’Aix en Provence in July.
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Online Scores: New Additions to Website

Latest works viewable in our free digitised library of full scores include John Adams’s dramatic symphony Scheherazade.2, Brett Dean’s Wolf-Lieder and York Höller’s Ausklang und Nachtecho for chamber orchestra. Recently added opera scores include HK Gruber’s Tales from the Vienna Woods, Valtinoni’s Pinocchio and The Snow Queen, Kalitzke’s Inferno and Gottfried von Einem’s Kabale und Liebe in preparation for his centenary in 2018.
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News in Brief

> Andriessen interview on Theatre of the World
> Mark Simpson: Pleasure premiere and new CD
> New versions of Copland’s Appalachian Spring
> Bernstein’s Serenade: new choreography at the Met
> Offenbach scores of Tales of Hoffmann rediscovered
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Robin Holloway: new web documentary

Robin Holloway video

This new web documentary, filmed at Robin Holloway’s home in Cambridge, explores his music and his fruitful relationship with earlier composers such as Schumann and Debussy. Holloway’s organ concerto For Ever Singing as they Shine was premiered this month in Gelsenkirchen.
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Ginastera Don Rodrigo Domingo
Alberto Ginastera
Don Rodrigo
Plácido Domingo/
Santa Barbara Symphony/
Gisèle Ben-Dor
Warner Classics 0825646868308

Plácido Domingo created the title role in Ginastera’s opera and has recorded scenes for this new vocal album released for the composer’s centenary.

Lindberg Al LargoMagnus Lindberg
Al Largo
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/
Hannu Lintu
Ondine ODE 1281-5

Premiere recording of Lindberg’s orchestral vision of a boat speeding towards open water, together with Cello Concerto No.2 and Era.

Reich Mallet QuartetSteve Reich
Mallet Quartet
Third Coast Percussion
Cedille CDR 90000 161

Two marimbas join two vibraphones in Mallet Quartet, coupled with Sextet on this new Cedille recording.
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David T. Little

23 April 2016
Bass Hall, Fort Worth
Thaddeus Strassberger, dir/
Fort Worth Opera/
Steven Osgood
Mark Simpson
28 April 2016
Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Tim Albery, dir/Psappha/
Opera North/Nicholas Kok
Louis Andriessen
Theatre of the World
6 May 2016
Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles
Pierre Audi, dir/
Los Angeles Philharmonic/
Reinbert de Leeuw
Anna Clyne
7 May 2016
Music Center at Strathmore
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop
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Andriessen’s provocative & profound De Materie in a thrilling production, with 100 sheep.

Van der Aa: Blank Out review – engimatic but effective and fluent.

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