Offenbach’s satirical opéra bouffe Barkouf, telling of a city governed by a dog, is staged for the first time in Switzerland in October, with a new Zürich Opera production. The work was revived in 2018 after 150 years thanks to the Offenbach Edition Keck.
Boosey & Hawkes presents new recordings of the latest additions to the Contemporary Choral Series. Two new albums are available on all major streaming platforms and highlight the best of our recent Christmas and regular choral catalogue.
Highlights of Anna Clyne’s residency with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London this season include the UK premieres of Color Field, inspired by a Mark Rothko painting, and her clarinet quintet Strange Loops.
Two new works are premiered in Ferran Cruixent’s native city of Barcelona in October, as part of his residency at the Palau de la música. His Cyber Prelude combines orchestra with smartphone delivered sound, while the choral work Metaverse II explores the theme of artificial intelligence.
The first work by Donghoon Shin under his new Boosey & Hawkes publishing contract is a double concerto for sheng and accordion. The premiere of Double Act is in Bochum on 19 November, with future performances planned by orchestras in France and South Korea.
The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London included the first performance of a specially composed anthem by James MacMillan, Who shall separate us? The Choirs of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal sang the choral work at the end of the service, conducted by James O’Donnell.
In October, Magnus Lindberg unveils his third piano concerto, premiered by soloist Yuja Wang, the San Francisco Symphony, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Wang tours the concerto to Toronto, New York, Paris, Hamburg, and Rome throughout the fall and spring.
Across the long lifetime of Queen Elizabeth II, many composers were commissioned, honoured and supported by the Royal Family. At a time of UK mourning and commemoration for Her Majesty we recall works woven into the nation’s historical and musical fabric.
Lindberg discusses his new piano concerto, written for soloist Yuja Wang who premieres the work in San Francisco in October, then tours it to Toronto, New York, Paris, Hamburg, and Rome. The composer details his deep-rooted love for the instrument, as well as his Faulkner-like approach to layering simultaneous musical narratives in this epic concerto that he describes as “composing itself.”
One World, Karl Jenkins’s most recent large-scale work for voices and orchestra, will be premiered in June 2023 and released on a new recording by Decca Records. The Stay At Home Choir has issued a call for singers to sign up to rehearse and record two movements of the new recording during September 2022.
The first comprehensive study of the late music of one of the most influential composers of the last half century, Elliott Carter’s Late Music by John Link places the composer’s music from 1995 to 2012 in the broader context of post-war contemporary concert music.