Happy Birthday Alban Berg! He was born on 9 February 1885, 127 years ago today.
On this day in 1945, Frank Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke was premièred in Basel by the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Paul Sacher.
In 1949, the orchestral suite of Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod was premièred in Baden Baden by the Radio Orchestra.
20 years ago today, on 9 February 1992, Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexiko was first heard at the Hamburg State Opera – Ingo Metzmacher conducted. Here’s a German introduction on the Deutschlandfunk radio website.
And on the same day in 1992, Arvo Pärt’s And One of the Pharisees ... was given its world première by Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices.
We move into the final weekend of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la musique in Paris, with three Rihm string quartets on the programme today.
It’s day 6 of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la musique in Paris.
It’s day 5 of the 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes at the Cité de la musique in Paris.
Full score of String Quartet No. 1
Full score of String Quartet No. 8
The 5e Biennale de quatuors à cordes is now underway in Paris, presenting the string quartets of Wolfgang Rihm amongst a range of other works. To celebrate, we are posting the full scores of many of the works here and on ISSUU.com.
The festival begins today (Saturday 14 Jan) with three concerts.
14:30 QUATUOR THYMOS
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 9
17:00 QUATUOR VOCE
including Rihm’s String Quartet No. 2 and String Quartet No. 11
The full score of String Quartet No. 11 is here
20:30 QUATUOR MODIGLIANI
including Rihm’s “Streichquartett” and String Quartet in G
The full scores are here:
String Quartet in G
The iconic ZaterdagMatinee concert series in Amsterdam begins a special season dedicated to Wolfgang Rihm this Saturday.
During the forthcoming concert series, works by Rihm will be included in eight of the matinee concerts presented by the Dutch Radio at the Concertgebouw.
The series begins with the world première of Rihm’s Der Maler träumt for baritone and ensemble given by Christian Miedl and the Asko|Schönberg ensemble, alongside a performance of Male über Male 2 with clarinettist Jörg Widmann. Reinbert de Leeuw conducts. Music by Schreker and Widmann will also be performed.
Read more on the NTR website.
The 2011 Donaueschingen Festival starts tomorrow with a concert given by the RSO Baden-Baden and Freiburg together with the Ensemble MusikFabrik.
Emilio Pomàrico conducts the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s “Séraphin”-Symphonie. The work is the latest incarnation of a “complex” of works that carry a reference to Antonin Artaud and his work.
To learn more, see this Rihm-Artaud-Overview, showing how the works are connected (PDF file – with thanks to Ulrich Mosch from the Sacher Foundation in Basel).
Visit the Donaueschingen pages at the SWR website, including videos from last year’s festival.
The concert will be broadcast live on SWR2 Radio at 8pm Paris time on 14 October. Listen online.
col-legno’s 2003 CD with Christoph Prégardien and Siegfried Mauser, 3 Liederzyklen, is available again. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung celebrates the rerelease of this “brilliant recording”.
The CD contains:
Order online at col legno
Listen to an excerpt of Nature morte, from Ende der Handschrift
Listen on SoundCloud
The Dutch performances of Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera Dionysos have just come to an end, to much critical acclaim in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Opera has published a video presenting the work, including interviews with Rihm and with stage director Pierre Audi.