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Wolfgang Rihm (b.1952)

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Rihm - 'Concerto' Dithyrambe

Rihm - 'Concerto' Dithyrambe


Rihm:

Concerto Dithyrambe

Sotto voce Notturno

Sotto voce 2 Capriccio


The concerto is for string quartet and orchestra but as one might expect, is not a dialogue between the two, more of a “manic monologue”. Sotto Voce 2 for piano and small orchestra is spontaneous, freeflowing, almost a “stream of consciousness”.

“Strangely exploratory yet masterfully controlled, and immediately attractive, utterances.” Sunday Times, 12th July 2009 ***

“[Sotto voce Notturno] explores a strange hybrid world that has one foot in the 18th century, the other firmly in Rihm's own time. It's full of beautiful, elusive sounds, with slowly changing, delicate textures. [Sotte voce 2 Capriccio] returns to that world, but to view it from a much more agitated, anguished perspective. Played together they make a perfectly balanced form, and the soloist Nicolas Hodges plays them with perfectly judged transparency and tact.” The Guardian, 31st July 2009 ****

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Rihm/Bartok: Schrift-Um-Schrift

Rihm/Bartok: Schrift-Um-Schrift


Bartók:

Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion, BB 115, Sz. 110

Rihm:

Schrift-um-Schrift


Graumacher Piano Duo, Franz Schindlbeck & Jan Schlichte (percussion)

Bartók wrote this sonata in 1937, having already written his epoch-making Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Rihm’s work is dated 1993/2007. It enjoys a successive development of discrete musical events and attenuated sounds, transformed into a space filled with echoes and resonances.

“Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion is a marvel of 20th-century music, an uncanny fusion of the cerebral and the visceral, the folkloristic and geometrical. It is played here with a keen ear for both kinds of attribute, coolly, passionately and altogether thrillingly” Sunday Times, 28th November 2010 ****

“Schrift-Um-Schrift was composed by Wolfgang Rihm as a companion piece to Bartók's great sonata, and certainly uses the pairs of percussionists and pianists to create a shimmering, delicate soundworld that occasionally snaps into focus with much more sharply defined musical objects...Alongside it the Bartók sonata seems a model of clarity and vivid originality” The Guardian, 6th January 2011 ***

“This performance is a model of sustained alertness, the recording admirably spacious and sonorous.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2011

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Rihm & Toch: Cello Concertos

Rihm & Toch: Cello Concertos


Rihm:

Konzert in einem Satz

Peter Ruzicka

Toch:

Cello Concerto, Op. 35

Florian Donderer


Tanja Tetzlaff was thrilled to be asked to give the first German performance of Rihm’s new Cello Concerto and rose to the challenge brilliantly, despite the difficulty of the work. The Toch Concerto is a chamber concerto with eleven orchestral instruments scored one to a part, all of them being virtuosic.

“Fiendishly difficult to play though it clearly is (Rihm), this is both a virtuoso vehicle and a dreamy meditation that is an active pleasure to listen to….This is an excellent, brilliantly interpreted coupling of two important works.” International Record Review, February 2012

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Rihm: 3 Liederzyklen

Rihm: 3 Liederzyklen


Rihm:

Ende de Handschrift

Nebendraußen - Lieder (8) on Poems by Hermann Lenz

4 Poems by Rilke for Tenor and Piano


Christoph Pregardien (tenor), Siegfried Mauser (piano)

Wolfgang Rihm sets poems from Heiner Müller, Hermann Lenz and Rainer Maria Rilke to music. Listen to a living document about one of the most important lied composers of our time.

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Rihm: Die Hamletmaschine

Rihm: Die Hamletmaschine

Music theater in five parts


Kurt Müller-Graf (Hamlet I), Rudolf Kowalski (Hamlet II), Johannes M. Kösters (Hamlet III) Gabriele Schnaut (Ophelia), Carmen Fuggiss (Ophelia-Double), Ulrike Sonntag (Ophelia-Double, Lenin) & Martina Borst (Ophelia-Double; Mao)

Chor & Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim, Peter Schneider

These two CDs present a live recording of the premiere in the Nationaltheater Mannheim in March 1987. Under Peter Schneider as conductor and Friedrich Meyer-Oertel as stage director, the ensemble offers up a forceful performance.

Revived with new artwork for Wolfgang Rihm's 60th birthday.

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Rihm: Et Lux

Rihm: Et Lux


Huelgas Ensemble & Minguet Quartett, Paul van Nevel

The hour-long piece is dedicated to The Hilliard Ensemble and the Arditti Quartet who gave the world premiere in Cologne in November 2009 and its UK premiere later that month at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. This pairing of a vocal group and a string quartet specializing in early music and contemporary music respectively is replicated by the artists on this ECM disc - the Cologne-based Minguet Quartet and the Belgian early music group, the Huelgas Ensemble whose founder, Paul van Nevel, conducts the recording.

‘Et Lux’ emerges as if from centuries ago, and reflects upon the musical processes that have shaped it, including the ritual of the requiem: “What we have is not music remembered but music remembering.” It incorporates text fragments of the Latin Requiem Mass, which appear as components of a progressively realized whole. “Great significance is displayed by the reappearance of specific groups of words, for example ‘et lux perpetua luceat’ (and let perpetual light shine upon them). Through circling reflection the comforting yet disturbing meaning of the words may become perceptible.”

Reviewing the premiere performance the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised the work’s interwoven musical and linguistic elements while the Daily Telegraph said of its UK premiere: “Beautifully paced and very moving”. ‘Et Lux’ was recorded in February 2014 in Antwerp. The CD booklet includes an introductory statement by Wolfgang Rihm, and liner notes by Paul Griffiths and Wolfgang Schreiber.

“This extremely well-recorded performance finely conveys the music's searing struggle to cohere; and while some of the more austere episodes might strain the listener's concentration, they are set against eruptive, even melodramatic passages that demonstrate Rihm's special ability to make something distinctively edgy out of meditation and reflection.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“Tropes waft in from across the ages: this music treads the line of tangibility, with sudden rushes of anger or fondness and the messy half-memories that come with grief...van Nevel doubles the vocal parts to create broad, generous textures that sound lovely and lush against the strings’ icy clarity – all qualities that ECM’s engineers are expert at capturing.” The Guardian, 9th April 2015 ****

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Rihm: Klavierstücke 7, 5, 4, 2, 1

Rihm: Klavierstücke 7, 5, 4, 2, 1


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Rihm - La musique creuse le ciel

Rihm - La musique creuse le ciel


Rihm:

La musique creuse le ciel

Uber-Schrift


GrauSchmacher Piano Duo

Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Peter Rundle

Music from various phases in the output of Wolfgang Rihm.

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Rihm: Orchestral and Chamber Works

Rihm: Orchestral and Chamber Works


Rihm:

Wolfli-Lieder

Klavierstück No. 7

Frau/Stimme

In-Schrift for orchestra


Richard Salter (baritone), Bernhard Wambach (piano), Isolde Siebert (soprano) & Carmen Fuggiss (soprano)

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, SWF Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Bamberger Symphoniker, Alexander Dmitriyev, Michael Gielen & Hans Zender

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Rihm - Piano Pieces

Rihm - Piano Pieces


Rihm:

Klavierstuck Nos. 1-7

Landler

Brahmsliebewalzer

Nachstudie

Wortlos


Markus Bellheim (piano)

Wolfgang Rihm (b 1952) is one of Germany’s most well known and influential living composers. His compositions range from large scale orchestral works and opera to intimate instrumental pieces, as presented on this release.

Markus Bellheim, a staunch advocate of these daring compositions, plays with all the technical mastery and musicality required from the pianist by this music.

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