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The Examiner reviews Rihm’s Harzreise im Winter

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 Oktober 2014

Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein - Goethe in the Roman Campagna, from Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

Stephen Smoliar of the Examiner has reviewed the North American première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Harzreise im Winter by baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber. The two of them had premièred Rihm’s musical setting of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Harzreise im Winter earlier this year at the Mozartfest Würzburg.

Read about the evenings programme, which “amounted to a journey through Goethe’s poetic achievements”, on the Examiner.

Rihm’s Trio Concerto premièred at the Musikfest Berlin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 September 2014

Jukka Pekka Saraste (c) WDR, Thomas KostTonight’s performance of Transitus forms a prelude to the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Trio Concerto for violin, violoncello, piano and orchestra. The Concerto will be performed by Trio Jean Paul and the WDR Sinfonieorchester under the baton of its chief conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

View the full score of Transitus.

Wolfgang Rihm: Trio Concerto
for violin, violoncello, piano and orchestra | 25'
prem.17.09.2014, Philharmonie; Trio Jean Paul: Ulf Schneider, vln; Martin Löhr, vlc; Eckart Heiligers, pno; WDR SO Köln, cond. Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Wolfgang Rihm: Transitus
for orchestra | 15
17.09.2014, Philharmonie; WDR SO Köln, cond. Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Read the full programme of the Musikfest Berlin:

 

The Arditti Quartet at 40

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 September 2014

BBC Radio 3: Hear and Now

In the second episode of Hear and Now’s “The Arditti Quartet at 40” a performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s Fetzen and Fetzen 2 will be broadcast. The quartet was recorded earlier this year during a three concert marathon at the Barbican Centre’s Milton Court. The programme is presented by Ivan Hewett.

Listen to the performance and an introduction by Ivan Hewett live on BBC Radio 3 at 23:00 British Summer Time.

More Universal Edition radio highlights are available on our Performance Calendar.

Transitus in Cologne

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 September 2014

Wolfgang Rihm’sTransitus was commissioned by La Scala in Milan with the request that it should allude to the works of Richard Strauss. Tonight, on 5 September, the work will be performed for the first time in Germany, Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the WDR SO Köln.

The composer on how he deals with people who label Richard Strauss as a “conservative”:

Transitus scoreWhat am I supposed to deal with? – the label? – that people place it on Strauss and occasionally on me, too? In both cases, it depends on who is attaching the label; only then can you know what it means. What could it mean? “Conservative” could be a stance including thinking in avant-garde categories even today. If you look at it that way, of course I am not conservative. It’s too bad, actually, since the avant-garde nurtured me. But the designation “conservative” is mostly applied to someone who does not insensibly float along in the flow of the fashionable trends of the day. From that viewpoint, I can quite rightly and justifiably be called a conservative. And Strauss? – ask him yourself. He is still alive, in a senior citizens’ home in Darmstadt. He jogs over the cemetery there every day…

Read more.

View the full score of Transitus.

Wolfgang Rihm: Transitus
for orchestra | 15'
prem. 05.11.2014, Philharmonie, Cologne; WDR SO Köln, cond. Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Barto and Eschenbach première Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 August 2014

Wolfgang Rihm, Tzimon Barto and Christoph Eschenbach (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Composer Wolfgang Rihm, pianist Tzimon Barto and conductor Christoph Eschenbach at the general rehearsal for the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg.

Read (German) reviews of the concert on Die Presse and Drehpunkt Kultur.

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Ö1 will broadcast a recording of the concert on 7 September at 11:03. Listen live.

Rihm’s Horn Concerto premièred by Stefan Dohr

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 August 2014

Wolfgang Rihm, Stefan Dohr and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

For Wolfgang Rihm the horn is the “instrument of melos” par excellence. He has now written a horn concerto for Stefan Dohr, the principal horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, in which Dohr can show what his instrument is capable of: wide, seemingly endless arches and an impressive delivery of force. However, the virtuosity lies not only in the fast passages, but also in depth: the invention of sounds.

Stefan Dohr (c) Monika RittershausLislot Frei of the SRF has recently reviewed Wolfgang Rihm’s Horn Concerto, which was premièred on 19 August by Stefan Dohr and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (cond. Daniel Harding) at the Lucerne Festival. Read the review on SRF [German].

Find out more about Universal Edition at Lucerne here.

Wolfgang Rihm: Harzreise im Winter

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 August 2014

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The Austrian première of Wolfgang Rihm’s musical setting of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Harzreise im Winter [Winter Journey in the Harz Mountains] was performed last Tuesday by baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber at the Salzburg Festival.

Read reviews on Der Standard and FAZ.

Will Sound More Again

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 August 2014

Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music

Wolfgang Rihm’s Will Sound More Again for ensemble will be performed today, 8 August, at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music by the Studio musikFabrik (cond. Peter Veale).

The following works from the UE catalogue will be performed in Darmstadt within the next few days:

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschWolfgang Rihm: Will Sound More Again
for ensemble
08.08.2014, Lichtenbergschule; Studio musikFabrik, cond. Peter Veale

Georg Friedrich Haas: Introduktion und Transsonation
for 17 instruments and tape | 17'30''
10.08.2014, Böllenfalltorhalle; Klangforum Wien, cond. Sylvain Cambreling

Morton Feldman: 3 Clarinets, Cello and Piano
for 3 clarinets, violoncello and piano | 8'
12.08.2014, Orangerie; Trio Catch

Morton Feldman: Piano and String Quartet
for piano and string quartet | 90'
16.08.2014, Centralstation; Heloisa Amaral, pno; Anon String Quartet

Wolfgang Rihm awarded the Robert Schumann Prize for Poetry and Music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 Juli 2014

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch
Wolfgang Rihm
has been awarded the Robert Schumann Prize for Poetry and Music 2014. This is the second time the prize has been awarded, with Pierre Boulez being the awardee of the prize in 2012.

The award ceremony will take place on 6 November at the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz.

Tom Service and Harry Vogt on the Witten New Music Days

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 Juni 2014

Tom Service and Wolfgang Rihm (c) Tom ServiceWolfgang Rihm’s In Verbundenheit, which is dedicated to the Arditti Quartet, was premièred on 10.05.2014 at the Witten New Music Days, one of the world's leading contemporary music festivals.

This Saturday at 23:00pm CET/CEST, Tom Service talks to Harry Vogt, director of the Witten New Music Days, and they will play recordings from the festival, among them the world première of In Verbundenheit for string quartet.

Listen live on BBC Radio 3.

Rihm’s Transitus at La Scala

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 Mai 2014

Riccardo Chailly (c) Decca / Mat Hennek
Wolfgang Rihm’s Transitus
will be premièred tonight at La Scala by Riccardo Chailly and the Filarmonica della Scala. Two days later they perform the Swiss première of the orchestral work in Lugano.

Transitus was commissioned by La Scala in Milan, who wished for it to allude to the works of Richard Strauss. When asked if he had been influenced by Strauss’ virtuosity as an orchestrator, Rihm replied: “Virtuosity is not a value in itself: any star pupil can be a virtuoso. What is really important is what energy is moved – and how much energy is moved! There is so much virtuoso music that doesn’t go anywhere. No movement, just everything shaking, flailing and glistening. But music is all about conveying energy. The quality of a piece of music is determined by its energetic charge and flows. In his finest moments, Strauss creates an incomparable maelstrom of relentless flow.”

View the full study score of Transitus:

Wolfgang Rihm: Transitus
for orchestra | 15'
world prem. 05.05.2014, Teatro alla Scala, Milan; prem. 07.05.2014, Palazzo di Congressi, Lugano; Filarmonica della Scala, cond. Riccardo Chailly

Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Ensemble Resonanz: Tour de France

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 April 2014

Ensemble Resonanz (c) Tobias Schult
Harmonia Mundi, Berg/SchönbergTomorrow, Friday 4 April, the Ensemble Resonanz will start their tour de France together with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. They will perform Franz Schreker’s Scherzo, Wolfgang Rihm’s Nachtordnung, Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and also Matthias Georg Monn’s concert for violoncello and string orchestra.

They will give concerts on Friday at the Maison de la Culture in Grenoble, on Monday at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris and on Tuesday at the Arsenal in Metz.

Furthermore, Queyras and the ensemble are promoting their recent cd release on harmonia mundi; here is a German interview with Jean-Guihen Queyras on Berg, Schönberg and the recording:

The interview is also available in French.

Dionysos reviewed

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 November 2013

Tim Ashley of The Guardian has reviewed the recent publication of Wolfang Rihm’s Dionysos, available now on DVD and Blu-ray. The recording is from the world première of the opera, with which the Salzburg Festival opened in 2010.

The full review is available at The Guardian. Find out more about the DVD at EuroArts.

Wolfgang Rihm on the creation of Dionysos:

Rihm, Cerha and Welser-Möst at the Konzerthaus

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 November 2013

Wolfgang Rihm, Franz Welser-Möst, Friedrich Cerha (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler Wolfgang Rihm, Friedrich Cerha (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Wolfgang Rihm, Franz Welser-Möst and Friedrich Cerha after the performance of Cerha’s Étoile, performed by Martin Grubinger and The Percussive Planet on 21 November at the Konzerthaus, Vienna.

View the full score of Étoile or watch a video interview in which Friedrich Cerha talks about his music.

Franz Welser-Möst and Wolfgang Rihm with the Cleveland Orchestra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 November 2013

Franz Welser-Möst, Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition

Franz Welser-Möst and Wolfgang Rihm before and after yesterday’s world première of Verwandlung 5 with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Musikverein, Vienna. Further performances of the orchestral piece will take place next week at the Semperoper in Dresden.

Wolfgang Rihm: Verwandlung 5
for orchestra | 11'
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc, str
German prem. 27.11.2013, Semperoper, Dresden; Staatskapelle Dresden, cond. Franz Welser-Möst
Further performances: 29.11.2013, 01.12.2013