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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…

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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 July 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 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.

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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.