When Henry VIII set off on his quest to dissolve monasteries throughout his kingdom, this was a turning point not only for religion and economy, but also for the history of English music: while the king, a keen musician himself, is today known as a patron of Renaissance composers, his systematic destruction of the monastic libraries in the 1530s account for the fact that only a minute amount of mediaeval sacred music was preserved – many manuscripts merely survived because they were set aside as scrap paper.more
Tracing 'A Worcester Ladymass'
The Trio Mediaeval chose to consider the gaps in historic evidence as a chance when they decided to reconstruct a mediaeval Mass.
On 4 October, Peter Rundel on the podium of the Remix Ensemble will launch a new work by Jörg Widmann together with baritone Matthias Goerne in Porto. Schumannliebe will also be performed in the Kölner Philharmonie on 8 October and in the Elbphilharmonie on 10 October alongside Brice Pauset's Kinderszenen with Robert Schumann.
With two concerts at the Ruhrtriennale, Titus Engel made his first appearances as the new Principal Conductor of the Basel Sinfonietta with compositions by Sofia Gubaidulina, Michael Wertmüller and Simon Steen-Andersen. The programme, which the orchestra performed together with the NDR Big Band and the Chorwerk Ruhr, can be heard in Saint-Louis near Basel on 1 October.
World premiere of the year: Vito Žuraj's first full-length opera Blühen came to the stage in Frankfurt in early 2023 under the musical direction of Michael Wendeberg and has now been named premiere of the year by Opernwelt magazine. In our interview, Vito Žuraj talks about his collaboration with librettist Händl Klaus, director Brigitte Fassbaender and the Ensemble Modern.