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Universal Edition Newsletter November 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 November 2013

Newsletter Universal Edition November 2013
The latest Universal Edition newsletter, with information on world premières by David Fennessy, Wolfgang Rihm, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Alban Berg, is avaialble here.

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Simon Rattle premières Rihm’s IN-SCHRIFT 2

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 Oktober 2013

Wolfgang Rihm, Simon Rattle (c) Universal Edition, Schaufler
Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker dedicated their gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonie on 20 October to the theme of “space music”. Among the pieces performed was the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s IN-SCHRIFT 2. The 15-minute orchestral work is closely linked to IN-SCHRIFT, which is one Rihm’s most performed orchestral works.

(German) reviews of the evening are available on Der Tagesspiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and the Berliner Zeitung.

Full Stream of Jagden und Formen – Sasha Waltz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 Oktober 2013

Jagden und Formen, Sasha Waltz, La Monnaie/De Munt The La Monnaie/De Munt offers a stream of the full performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jagden und Formen (Zustand 2008), with choreography by Sasha Waltz. The video was recorded on 14 and 15 September, Franck Ollu conducts the Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie.

You can watch the full performance by clicking here or on the image to the right. The video will be online until 20 October 2013.

View the study score of Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 Oktober 2013

Watch the trailer for the Teatro Real’s production of Wolfgang Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexico [The Conquest of Mexico] here (further performances will take place today, and on 17., 18., and 19.10.2013):

Furthermore, the full study score is now available online:

Wolfgang Rihm: Die Eroberung von Mexico [The Conquest of Mexico]
opera | 120'
3 4 4 1 - 3 3 3 1 - timp, perc(5), hp, pno, e.org, e.bass(2), vln(2), vla(2), vc(6), cb(4) - wind machine
Teatro Real, Madrid; Nadja Michael/Ausrine Stundyte, Montezuma; Georg Nigl/Holger Falk, Cortez; Coro y Orquesta Titulares del Teatro Real; Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, cond. Alejo Pérez
Further performances: 15., 17., 18., and 19.10.2013

The Conquest of Mexico at the Teatro Real

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 Oktober 2013

The Conquest of Mexico at the Teatro Real
Conductor Alejo Pérez and the singers of the Conquest of Mexico; Soloists Georg Nigl (Cortéz) and Nadja Michael (Montezuma) after the première.

The Spanish première of Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexico [The Conquest of Mexico] on 9 October at the Teatro Real, Madrid, was a success.

Further performances of the opera will be held today, and on 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, and 19 October.

Wolfgang Rihm: Die Eroberung von Mexico [The Conquest of Mexico]
opera | 120'
3 4 4 1 - 3 3 3 1 - timp, perc(5), hp, pno, e.org, e.bass(2), vln(2), vla(2), vc(6), cb(4) - wind machine
Teatro Real, Madrid; Nadja Michael/Ausrine Stundyte, Montezuma; Georg Nigl/Holger Falk, Cortez; Coro y Orquesta Titulares del Teatro Real; Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, cond. Alejo Pérez

Wolfgang Rihm, Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 Oktober 2013

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch
Congratulations to Wolfgang Rihm!

The composer has been appointed Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres [Commander of the order of Arts and Literature], the highest distinction of this French Order, by Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication.

Previous recipients of the award include T.S. Eliot, Bob Dylan, Christoph Eschenbach, Seamus Heaney, and Anne Sofie von Otter.

Rihm's String Quartet No. 3 on the Radio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 Juli 2013

Dionysos-Entwurf von Jonathan MeeseTonight on Rai Radio 3, 23:00 (cet/cest): Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet No. 3 | “Im Innersten”, recorded on 17 October 2012 and performed by the Quartetto di Cremona.

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Tom Service’s excellent Guide to Wolfgang Rihm on the Guardian.

"The Aldeburgh festival closes with a fresh and fluent tribute to Britten's centenary year"

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Juni 2013

Snape Maltings Concert HallWolfgang Rihm’s A Tribute was premièred on the last day of this year’s Aldeburgh Festival by Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra. Andrew Clements on the orchestral piece: “not specifically a tribute to Britten, but ‘a homage to English music in general’ […] It’s a teasing, almost sentimental piece.”

Read the full review on the Guardian.

Rihm's Klangbeschreibung 2 in Paris

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 Juni 2013

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschThe revised version of Wolfgang Rihm’s Klanbeschreibung 2 will be premièred tomorrow, 15 June, at the Cité de la musique in Paris. François-Xavier Roth conducts the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the EXAUDI vocal ensemble.

Bálint Varga about Klangbeschreibung 2:

This piece is not a setting of Nietzsche’s poem “Der Wanderer und sein Schatten – ein Buch”; Rihm is not concerned with the intelligibility of the words. Instead, he takes single words and groups of words from the poem, to be sung by the four women’s voices. Entering into this unique world of instrumental and human sounds, the listener seems to be attending a ritual; instruments reply to one another, echo one another or serve to prompt the entries of the hovering women’s voices, either solo or in ensemble. Chords leave a single pitch remaining, sustained lengthily, only to segue to further sonic events where other instruments or voice(s) have their say. Rihm remarks, “Every sound is a sculpture of itself.”

Wolfgang Rihm at the 66th Aldeburgh Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 Juni 2013

Snape Maltings Concert HallThe 66th Aldeburgh Festival will run from 7 until 23 June. The UE-highlight: the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s A Tribute, which takes place on the last day of the festival at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall at 16:00. This orchestral piece was commissioned by the Britten Pears Foundation and the Royal Philharmonic Society to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten and the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Wolfgang Rihm: A Tribute
for orchestra | 20’
2 2 3 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, str
world prem. 23/6/2013, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape; Hallé Orchestra, cond. Mark Elder

Opening of the Wolfgang-Rihm-Forum at the University of Music in Karlsruhe

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 April 2013

Rihm-Forum (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Some impressions from the opening of the Wolfgang-Rihm-Forum at the University of Music in Karlsruhe on 5 April 2013. Cristine Ehman’s bust of Wolfgang Rihm, which is welded to the wall, features notes from the composer’s Opera Dionysos.

The RIAS Kammerchor wins the Prix Caecilia 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 März 2013

Wolfgang Rihm - AstralisCongratulations to the RIAS Kammerchor for winning the Prix Caecilia 2013 for their recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s Astralis – choral works under Hans-Christoph Rademann.

You can listen to excerpts and order the CD here.

Happy Birthday Wolfgang Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 März 2013

Wolfgang Rihm

World première of Wolfgang Rihm’s first string quintet

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 Februar 2013

Wolfgang Rihm

Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Arditti Quartett will perform the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s first string quintet Epilog on 10 February at the Eclat festival in Stuttgart.

 

Wolfgang Rihm: Epilog
for string quintet | 15’
10/2/2013, ECLAT-Festival, Stuttgart; Jean-Guihen Queyras, vc; Arditti Quartet 

Klangspuren Festival continues with Beat Furrer's Gaspra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 September 2012

Beat FurrerGaspra for ensemble will be performed on 25 September by the TIMF Ensemble under Soo-Yeoul Choi at the Klangspuren Festival.

Other UE composers that are represented at the Klangspuren Festival are Wolfgang Rihm, Pierre Boulez, Georg Friedrich Haas and Johannes Maria Staud.