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Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« on: Thursday 12 September 2013, 03:19 »
Here's an announcement of a concert performance of Karl Weigl's Violin Sonatas, as well as their imminent recording.

For Immediate Release
“Romanticism Renewed: The Inner Worlds of Karl Weigl”
“Forgotten” exiled composer’s works to be presented
at Villa Aurora October 2
September 11, 2013, Los Angeles, CA – Karl Weigl, the Austrian composer who was forced to flee the Nazis in 1938, is situated where early Viennese musical modernism intersects with political history. Weigl was an important player in early twentieth-century Vienna, and with his exile to the United States he joined the ranks of Jewish musicians and intellectuals who transformed American culture. The Villa Aurora and the Karl Weigl Foundation will present several of his chamber works in the Salon of the Villa on October 2, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
John McLaughlin Williams, violin, and Glen Inanga, piano, will perform Weigl’s Two Pieces for violin and piano, two of the Six Fantasies for piano, and the two violin sonatas, which Williams has called “two of the few masterpieces of the early twentieth-century violin sonata repertoire.” Later this fall Williams and Inanga will record the works for violin and piano, none of which are presently commercially available, for the Sono Luminus label.
Williams is a Grammy Award-winning conductor and violinist known for his relentless research into unfamiliar music. Weigl is a major interest of his, and as he explains, his first exposure to Karl Weigl's music “came about during my student days in Boston through the Chester Quartet's pioneering recording of Weigl's 3rd String Quartet. What I heard in Weigl's quartet was no petite maître, but the voice of a master composer steeped in the Austro-Germanic tradition who clearly warranted much further attention. I was hooked from then forth.”
Williams subsequently went to New York City to visit the Weigl archives and
make copies of scores that had fallen out of the publisher’s catalogue, including the Violin Sonata No.1; these scores were to become the foundation of his longtime study of this composer, which continues to this day.
Glen Inanga is best known for his award-winning work in the Michallef-Inanga Piano Duo, which has appeared with, among others, the BBC Philharmonic and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Critics have described Inanga as “a most skillful partner” in chamber music, where he provides “excitement and solid support.” For Inanga, one of the compelling aspects of Weigl's work is the Mahler connection. “I hear a close connection between Mahler’s sound world and Weigl’s, and that has been a useful guide for me in formulating meaningful interpretations of these idiosyncratic compositions of Weigl’s for violin and piano.”
In his early years Weigl was centrally connected to the early twentieth-century Viennese avant-garde. He had been a student of Alexander Zemlinsky and was a lifelong friend of Arnold Schoenberg; together the three founded the Vereinigung schaffender Tonkünstler (Society of Creative Sound Artists) in 1904, with Mahler the honorary president. In his prime Weigl was the revered teacher of Kurt Adler, Ernst Bacon, Lukas Foss, and many others, and his works were performed by such musicians as Wilhelm Furtwängler, George Szell, Elisabeth Schumann, Ignaz Friedman, and the Rosé and Busch Quartets. After reaching New York in October 1938 Weigl struggled to make a living for his family, but despite the difficulties of exile and his full teaching schedule he never stopped composing. Performances of his music during these last ten years of his life were almost exclusively confined to his songs and chamber music, but he was championed by Roman Totenberg, Paul Doktor, Benar Heifetz, and Zita Carno, among others. Weigl did not live to experience his posthumous acclaim in 1968 when Stokowski gave the world premiere of his Symphony No. 5.
This concert is endorsed by The OREL Foundation, which was founded by conductor James Conlon for the purpose of encouraging the performance of music by composers lost to the musical repertory because they were suppressed for political and ideological reasons during the time of Hitler’s Germany and afterward.
The Villa Aurora, situated in Pacific Palisades, was once the home of the famous German émigré writer Leon Feuchtwanger and his wife, Marta. It is now an artists’ residence center, hosting Fellows from all over the world.
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The reception following the concert is provided by the Karl Weigl Foundation and the Consulate General of Austria.
Concert program: October 2 at 8:00 p.m. at the Villa Aurora Romanticism Renewed: The Inner Worlds of Karl Weigl John McLaughlin Williams, violin; Glen Inanga, piano
Violin Sonata No. 1 in C major (1923)
Two Pieces for violin and piano (1942)
Six Fantasies for Piano, Nos. 1 and 4 (1944) Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major (1937)
Tickets at $25 are available by reservation only and seating is limited. For tickets go to BrownPaperTickets.com and key in VILLA AURORA.
For further information on Karl Weigl, please go to www.karlweigl.org. For Information about the Villa Aurora, please go to www.villa-aurora.org/en/.
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Attachments:
Photo: Karl Weigl (Courtesy of Karl Weigl Foundation) Photo: John McLaughlin Williams
Photo: Glen Inanga (photo credit: Stephen Clarke)
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Contact:
Heidi Lesemann (323)226-0326 (o) (562)74309749 (c)
Heidi.lesemann@gmail.com
Heidi Lesemann
(323) 226-0326 (home) (562) 743-9749 (mobil) heidi.lesemann@gmail.com
Juliane Brand
Karl Weigl Foundation
17 Redwood Drive
San Rafael, CA 94901 USA www.karlweigl.org
julie@karlweigl.org
+ 415 457 7294

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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 12 September 2013, 04:06 »
That's John McLaughlin Williams who also conducts a number of interesting things, isn't it... This could be good. Thank you.
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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 12 September 2013, 08:02 »
Thank you, John. Fascinating stuff.

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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 12 September 2013, 15:10 »
I believe John is also the soloist in our archived performance of the Jongen Violin Concerto.  Which reminds me - the one we have was a rehearsal, with vocal interruptions by the conductor.  Aren't we due a new upload of the actual performance, sans vocals?
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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 12 September 2013, 16:41 »
Aren't we due a new upload of the actual performance, sans vocals?

We aren't due anything, Jim. That would be sheer presumption.

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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #5 on: Friday 13 September 2013, 20:36 »
Perhaps I misspoke.  Let me rephrase the question.  Did not John say in the discussion section that he would provide an upload of the actual concert performance after the concert took place?  I seem to recall that he did.
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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #6 on: Friday 13 September 2013, 22:15 »
That's as may be. But I'm not going to enquire. Anyway, let's move on...

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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 14 September 2013, 12:03 »
Entirely failed to make the connection that the conductor/violinist in-question was a member of our forums (and possibly if I'm not mistaken the one who started this thread). Oh. *waves*
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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 14 September 2013, 17:35 »
Hello everyone. Here's a link to performance information.
http://www.performingartslive.com/Events/Villa-Aurora-presents-the-Music-of-Karl-Weigl-912201305636

Re: Jongen's Violin Concerto, please be patient. The rehearsal and performance are both originally on high quality cassettes. I happened to digitize the rehearsal first but never got around to digitizing the performance. I will do it but it must wait until I get past my pressing obligations. I'm thrilled to know there is such interest in this composer!

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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 14 September 2013, 17:49 »
That's very kind, John. No hurry, I'm sure.

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Re: Karl Weigl: Performance and New Recording of the two Violin Sonatas
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 30 October 2013, 13:50 »
The Sono Luminus label has placed a brief video clip from the recording sessions on they Instagram account. The excerpt is the opening of the Sonata No.2.
http://instagram.com/p/gDlhpelAGs/