It was not ingratiating, nor neo-Classical in the sense of offering hummable tunes in a definable style, but it was pleasing to the ear. […] The dense textures of the music were pulled apart like cotton balls to reveal the air between and around them. (Anne Midgette, The Washington Post, 15.01.2015)
Anne Midgette has reviewed the American première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which was recently given by Tzimon Barto and the NSO under Christoph Eschenbach at The Kennedy Center in Washington. A second performance of the concerto will take place this Saturday.
Read the full review on the website of The Washington Post.
Renaud Capuçon with Wolfgang Rihm rehearsing for the world première of Rihm’s Gedicht des Malers, which will premièred by Capuçon, Philippe Jordan and the Wiener Symphoniker this Friday, 9 January, at the Wiener Konzerthaus. A second performance of the orchestral work will take place on Saturday, 10 January.
The composer said that he imagined Max Beckmann portraying Eugène Ysaÿe when he composed the work (Beckmann had portrayed Max Reger one year after the composer’s death).
The soloist virtually embodies the painter’s brush as it moves across the canvas in sometimes faster and sometimes more deliberate ways.
Wolfgang Rihm’s Jagden und Formen is a piece that has literally grown out of three originally independent works which here interweave with and nourish one another.
Sasha’s Waltz’s choreographic work of the same name, which transformed the work’s implicit gestures into dance, will be performed by Sasha Waltz & Guests and Ensemble Modern on 27, 29 and 30 November at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.
Watch the trailer of Jagden und Formen:
The Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz dedicates its composer portrait of 2014/2015 to Wolfgang Rihm, whose orchestral pieces Nähe fern 1 and Nähe fern 4 will be performed for the very first time in Germany on 14 and 15 November. Also on the programme: performances of Nähe fern 2 and 3 and Chiffre I and II. The Nähe fern compositionswill be performed togetherwith Brahms’ four Symphonies, Karl-Heinz Steffens conducts the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.
Rihm’s compositions will be present with the orchestra throughout the year, for example at the Modern Times festival and the series Rebellion im Quadrat.
Find out more on the website of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.
Our deepest congratulations to Wolfgang Rihm for being awarded the Robert Schumann Prize for Poetry and Music. The ceremony was held on 6 November at the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz.
After Eleonore Büning gave a speech in honour of the composer, his works Harzreise im Winter, Sehnsucht und Nachtgesang and 3 Sonette von Michaelangelo were performed by baritone Hans Christoph Begemann and pianist Thomas Seyboldt.
Thanks to Sebastian Solte of bastille musique for taking and sending us the photos.
From 7 to 9 November, the Oper Stuttgart honours Wolfgang Rihm with a composer weekend during which a selection of the composer’s works will be performed – among them Gesungene Zeit, his Fetzen and the Wölfli-Lieder –andfilm screenings will take place.
After the very successful première of Jakob Lenz on 25 October (a collection of [German] reviews can be found on the blog of the Oper Stuttgart), Georg Nigl returns to the stage as Lenz on 8 November.
Watch the trailer for the production on YouTube:
Wolfgang Rihm: Jakob Lenz
chamber opera | 75'
08.11.2014, Oper Stuttgart; Georg Nigl, Lenz; Henry Waddington, Oberlin; John Graham-Hall, Kaufmann; Staatsorchester Stuttgart, cond. Franck Ollu
Further performances: 13., 17., 21.11.2014; 15.12.2014
Here's a look at the rehearsals of Wolfgang Rihm’s Sound As Will with the Klangforum Wien. The 20-minute piece for trumpet and ensemble will be performed for the very first time at the Donaueschinger Musiktage this Saturday morning, 11:00.
In the photo: conductor Ilan Volkov, composer Wolfgang Rihm, trumpet player Marco Blaauw and members of the Klangforum Wien.
The concert will be broadcast by SWR2, listen live.
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.
Tonight’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:
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.
More Universal Edition radio highlights are available on our Performance Calendar.
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”:
What 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…
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
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.
Ö1 will broadcast a recording of the concert on 7 September at 11:03. Listen live.
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.
Lislot 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.