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Work of the Week – Stefan Heucke: Cantata of Fire

Bach inspires. This is the motto of the 2024 Münster Bach Festival, which has commissioned its composer in residence Stefan Heucke to compose a new cantata. His Cantata of Fire (original Title ‘Kantate vom Feuer’) will be premiered at the opening concert on 17 May 2024 in Münster Cathedral. Golo Berg will conduct the Philharmonic Choir and the Münster Symphony Orchestra, with Gerhild Romberger (alto), Thomas Laske (bass) and Gerhard Mohr (narrator) singing.

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Wayne Shorter: New at Schott

Schott Music New York has signed a representation agreement with the Wayne Shorter Estate. This will make the concertante and symphonic works of the influential jazz master available for performance by orchestras and ensembles worldwide.

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Work of the Week – Ludger Vollmer: Buddenbrooks

One of the most famous German novels in the history of literature: Ludger Vollmer's Buddenbrooks brings Thomas Mann's social study to the opera stage for the first time, more than 120 years after the novel has been first published. On 4 May 2024, the Theater Kiel will present the world premiere of the new opera, directed by Daniel Karasek and conducted by Benjamin Reiners.

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Sir Andrew Davis (1944-2024)

Schott Music remembers Sir Andrew Davis following his death on 20 April 2024 at the age of 80. 

Over a hugely successful international career, Sir Andrew shared his commitment to living composers by not only conducting numerous world premieres by composers such as Mark-Anthony Turnage, Anthony Gilbert, Ryan Wigglesworth and Sir Michael Tippett but also committing to the further support and sharing of adventurous programmes in presenting national premieres around the world of works by John Casken, Toru Takemitsu, Bernard Rands and even three UK premieres of works by Paul Hindemith with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers in 1995.

 

He was a great supporter and champion of Sir Michael Tippett, later becoming patron of the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation. Notable performances include the first UK performance of Tippett’s New Year at Glyndebourne in 1990, a work which in 2024 is now receiving revivals with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Opera Company - with many of those involved now, also being associated with the Glyndebourne production at the time.  Sir Andrew’s last performance of Tippett’s music was The Rose Lake, one of Tippett’s final works, with the BBC Philharmonic; his new recording of A Child of Our Time with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus and soloists Pumeza Matchikiza, Dame Sarah Connolly, Joshua Stewart and Ashley Riches is due for release on Chandos next week on 3 May 2024 and he had included Tippett’s Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli with Toronto Symphony Orchestra for his programme with them in January 2025 as Conductor Laureate.

 

9 Komponistinnen aus 3 Jahrhunderten (9 Compositions from 3 Centuries)

The 7th volume of the Urtext Primo series with easy-to-master pieces features female composers of three centuries, including Elisabetta Gambarini and Marianna von Martines (representing the 18th century), Louise Farrenc, Fanny Hensel, Clara Schumann, Francisca Gonzaga, and Marie Jaëll (19th cent.) as well as Mélanie Bonis and Lili Boulanger (20th cent.). In addition to the already published edition in German and English, this volume is now also available in French and Spanish, including practising and playing tips, short biographies of the composers and tabular information on the level of difficulty.

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Symphony No.5

This volume is part of the revised and corrected new edition of all 15 symphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich published by Boosey & Hawkes and Sikorski as large format study scores for optimal legibility.

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