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Tom Service and Harry Vogt on the Witten New Music Days

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 June 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 May 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

Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 November 2013

Franz Welser-Möst (c) Roger MastroianniFranz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra will première Wolfgang Rihm’s Verwandlung 5, commissioned by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, today, 20 November, at the Musikverein in Vienna. Also on the programme: Symphony No. 6 by Schostakowitsch and Beethoven’s Eroica.

Wolfgang Rihm: Verwandlung 5
for orchestra | 11'
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc, str
world prem. 20.11.2013, Musikverein, Vienna; Cleveland Orchestra, cond. Franz Welser-Möst

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.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.

Simon Rattle premières Rihm’s IN-SCHRIFT 2

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 October 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 October 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 October 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 October 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 October 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 July 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.

Listen live

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 June 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.