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Danish première of Rihm’s Sextett

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 June 2015

Klang Copenhagen Avantgarde Music FestivalTonight at the Teater Republique in Kopenhagen: conductor Benjamin Schneider and the Ensemble Modern present the Danish première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Sextett for clarinet, horn and string quartet at the Klang Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival.

View the full score.

This concert will be followed by a performance of Pierre Boulez’ Troisième Sonate by pianist Jonas Olsson.

“Rihm in Salzburg”, episode 3

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 May 2015

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester has published part 3 of their “Rihm in Salzburg” video series, watch it on YouTube:

“Rihm in Salzburg” documentary by the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 May 2015

Have you yet seen the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester’s “Rihm in Salzburg” video series? Episodes 1 and 2 are already available online, episodes 3 and 4 will be published soon.

About “Rihm in Salzburg”: In 2014, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester commissioned the Piano Concerto No 2 by Wolfgang Rihm, together with the Salzburg Festival and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC. The world première took place at the Salzburg Festival on 25 August 2014, with Tzimon Barto on piano and Christoph Eschenbach – to whom the piece was also dedicated – as conductor.

Watch episode 1:

An evening with Wolfgang Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 May 2015

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

This Tuesday, 12 May, accordionist Alfred Melichar and the Ensemble Wiener Collage present an evening with Wolfgang Rihm at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. Rihm’s eight Fetzen will be performed together with Arnold Schönberg’s Serenade. Entrance will be free for students.

“A Tale of Two Wolfgangs”: Rihm’s Trio Concerto

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 April 2015

Rihm in front of a painting by Jack Vetriano at the Malmaison Hotel, LondonAll that said, Rihm’s trio is an exciting piece and definitely worth another hearing. The three soloists—violinist Ulf Schneider, cellist Martin Löhr and pianist Eckart Heiligers—make up the Trio Jean Paul and they did a heroic job of bringing the piece to life. (Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, TheaterJones, 18 April 2015)

TheaterJones has reviewed the US premiére of Wolfgang Rihm’s Trio Concerto by Trio Jean Paul and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (cond. Jaap van Zweden).

Read the full review

ET LUX on ECM

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 April 2015

Wolfgang Rihm: ET LUX, ECMIn this work text fragments from the Roman requiem liturgy can be heard; however not 'intact' and not in the correct liturgical order. They appear more as components reminiscent of a progressively realised whole. (Wolfgang Rihm)

ECM has released a recording of the Huelgas Ensemble and the Minguet Quartett performing Wolfgang Rihm’s ET LUX for vocal quartet and string quartet.

The CD includes a booklet with an introductory statement by Wolfgang Rihm and liner notes by Paul Griffiths and Wolfgang Schreiber.

Watch an interview with Wolfgang Rihm on ET LUX (German interview with French subtitles):

Horizons 2009—2014

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 March 2015

Horizons“Horizons” summarizes the most interesting events held by the Lithuanian Ensemble Network between 2009 and 2014 and documents its best recordings, including Lied and O, King by Luciano Berio, Nichtstück and Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Vykintas Baltakas and Am Horizont by Wolfgang Rihm.

Find out more on the website of the Lithuanian Ensemble Network.

Watch a stream of Jakob Lenz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 March 2015

Jakob Lenz, free stream

La Monnaie | De Munt is offering a free stream of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz in Andrea Breth’s production with Wolfgang Nigl as the protagonist of the same name.

Happy Birthday Wolfgang Rihm!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 March 2015

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

“In view of his almost overpowering esprit and charm, I was constantly asking myself how I could meet the challenge and contend with him and his works.” (Anne-Sophie Mutter)

Find out what Claudio Abbado, Irvine Arditti, Mojca Erdmann, Lucas Fels, Nicolas Hodges, Anna Prohaska, Jörg Widmann and Anne-Sophie Mutter have to say about the composer:

Rihm’s performers

Wolfgang Rihm Day: an outstanding celebration of one of music’s most prolific composers

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 March 2015 (comments: 2)

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschThe problem with programming a day devoted to Wolfgang Rihm’s music is not deciding what to include, but what be can be excluded from an output of more than 400 scores. (Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 2 March 2015)

Andrew Clements of the Guardian has reviewed the Wolfgang Rihm festivities that took place on 28 February at Wigmore Hall.

Read the full review on The Guardian.

Wolfgang Rihm Composer Focus Day

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 February 2015

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Wigmore Hall dedicates a focus day to composer Wolfgang Rihm on Saturday 28 February. Almost a dozen works from the UE catalogue will be played, among them the UK première of Rihm’s Sextett, which will be performed by clarinettist Jörg Widmann, hornist Bruno Schneider and the Quatuor Danel.

Furthermore, Wolfgang Rihm will discuss his life and works with broadcaster Tom Service (read Service’s excellent Guide to Wolfgang Rihm’s music).

Find the full programme on the Wigmore Hall website.

View the score of Rihm’s Sextett

Jakob Lenz at La Monnaie / de Munt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 February 2015

Jakob Lenz (c) Oper Stuttgart, Bernd Uhlig

With Jakob Lenz, Wolfgang Rihm produced the perhaps most successful music theatre work of recent decades. On 27 February, the drama of an anguished, self-destructive psyche, which confuses dream visions with reality, is being given a new staged interpretation at La Monnaie / de Munt in Brussels with Georg Nigl as Jakob Lenz.

Andrea Breth’s highly acclaimed production premièred at the Oper Stuttgart in October 2014. Watch the trailer on YouTube:

Wolfgang Rihm: Jakob Lenz
chamber opera | 75'
27.02.2015 La Monnaie / de Munt; Georg Nigl, Lenz; Henry Waddington, Oberlin; John Graham-Hall, Kaufmann; La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, cond. Franck Ollu
Further performances: 1., 3., 4., 6. and 7.2.2015

A full stream of Jakob Lenz will be available from 18 March – we’ll keep you posted.

★★★★☆: UK première of Rihm’s “percussion epic” Tutuguri

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 February 2015

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Tutuguri is vast – over two hours of music in this performance – and explosively violent. (Andrew Clements, 01.02.2015, The Guardian)

The UK première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Tutuguri was performed by Kent Nagano, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Leigh Melrose (in the role of the speaker) on 31 January at the Barbican.

Andrew Clements gave a four star review, which you can read on The Guardian. Tune in to BBC Radio 3 to listen to a recording of the première. The recording will be online until 2 March.

Last but not least, we’ve uploaded the study score of the first scene for you, which you can view here.

Nähe fern 2 in Vienna

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 January 2015

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschCornelius Meister and the ORF RSO will perform the Austrian première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Nähe fern 2 on 21 January at the Konzerthaus Wien.

Ö1 broadcasts a recording of the concert two days later, on 23 January, at 19:30.

Listen live.

Rihm’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Washington

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 January 2015

Wolfgang Rihm, Tzimon Barto and Christoph Eschenbachm during the rehearsals for the world première of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in Salzburg.

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.