New in November 2017
Simultaneously with the Swiss première in Bern on 26 November we present this month’s opera by Jenö Hubay: the three-act opera ’Anna Karenina’ after Edmond Guiraud’s theatre version of Tolstoi’s great tragic novel. Hubay was born Eugen Huber in Pest in 1858 and studied violin with Joseph Joachim. He became one of the most famous violin virtuosos of his time, and it is less knowm that he was a very productive and versatile composer who wrote nine operas. ’Anna Karenina’ was written in 1914 and orchestrated during World War I. It was then published by Universal Edition and received its enthusiastically acclaimed première in Budapest in 1923. Thereupon the opera was successfully performed at many places before the Nazis banned any further performances of Hubay’s music on the basis of his Jewish descent. After World War II the opinionists weren’t interested anymore in the splendor of the late Romanticism of Wagnerites but ’Anna Karenina’ was finally reawakened from its deep sleep in 2014. And now the full score is available on sale.
Further emphases are two choral-symphonic works of the Romantic era: Max Bruchs’s oratorio ’Gustav Adolf’ Op. 73, a typically monumental work of the fin de siècle, and Niels Gade’s solemn cantata ’Zion’ Op. 49 (1874) depicting the Babylonian captivity and the prophecy of the new Jerusalem. And our series of Henri Duparc’s well-known orchestral songs continues with ’La vie antérieure’ (including the piano score as usual).
This time symphonic music is predominantly represented by concert overtures: ’Aus ernster Zeit’ (From Serious Times) Op. 56 is one of the most beautiful works by Felix Weingartner; and there are Carl Goldmark’s ’Aus Jugendtagen’ (From Childhood Days) Op. 53, Granville Bantock’s Comedy Overture ’The Pierrot of the Minute’, and the first print of Geoffrey Edward Toye’s Ruddigore Overture on themes by Arthur Sullivan: But there is also one large symphony this month: In 1875-76, the Munich born Franz Lachner pupil and once famous conductor Wilhelm Rauchenecker (1844-1906) wrote his main orchestral work, a Symphony in F minor.
Concertante music is represented by Mili Balakirev’s re-orchestration of Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor and, a particular jewel, Ervin Schulhoff’s Concerto doppio for flute, piano and string orchestra with two horns.
Finally the news from our New Music section: In the Norwegian Amethyst Edition we offer the Urtext first print of a main work by the ingenious individualist and allround musician Kenneth Sivertsen (1961-2006): his ’Steingarden. Five Fables’ for string quartet from 1991 – a playful challenge for bold performers. In the Konstantia Gourzi Edition we present her second string quartet ’P-Ilion’ cosisting of nine miniatures written in 2007. And the Flemish Edition offers a further composition by the legendary jazz musician Jack Sels (1922-70) as well as the two different versions of Frédéric Bonzon’s (1850-1926) pastoral scene ’From the Ardennes’ for oboe and piano.