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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.

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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.

Rihm's Klangbeschreibung 2 in Paris

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 June 2013

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschThe revised version of Wolfgang Rihm’s Klanbeschreibung 2 will be premièred tomorrow, 15 June, at the Cité de la musique in Paris. François-Xavier Roth conducts the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the EXAUDI vocal ensemble.

Bálint Varga about Klangbeschreibung 2:

This piece is not a setting of Nietzsche’s poem “Der Wanderer und sein Schatten – ein Buch”; Rihm is not concerned with the intelligibility of the words. Instead, he takes single words and groups of words from the poem, to be sung by the four women’s voices. Entering into this unique world of instrumental and human sounds, the listener seems to be attending a ritual; instruments reply to one another, echo one another or serve to prompt the entries of the hovering women’s voices, either solo or in ensemble. Chords leave a single pitch remaining, sustained lengthily, only to segue to further sonic events where other instruments or voice(s) have their say. Rihm remarks, “Every sound is a sculpture of itself.”

Wolfgang Rihm at the 66th Aldeburgh Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 June 2013

Snape Maltings Concert HallThe 66th Aldeburgh Festival will run from 7 until 23 June. The UE-highlight: the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s A Tribute, which takes place on the last day of the festival at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall at 16:00. This orchestral piece was commissioned by the Britten Pears Foundation and the Royal Philharmonic Society to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten and the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Wolfgang Rihm: A Tribute
for orchestra | 20’
2 2 3 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(2), hp, str
world prem. 23/6/2013, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape; Hallé Orchestra, cond. Mark Elder

Opening of the Wolfgang-Rihm-Forum at the University of Music in Karlsruhe

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 April 2013

Rihm-Forum (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Some impressions from the opening of the Wolfgang-Rihm-Forum at the University of Music in Karlsruhe on 5 April 2013. Cristine Ehman’s bust of Wolfgang Rihm, which is welded to the wall, features notes from the composer’s Opera Dionysos.

The RIAS Kammerchor wins the Prix Caecilia 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 March 2013

Wolfgang Rihm - AstralisCongratulations to the RIAS Kammerchor for winning the Prix Caecilia 2013 for their recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s Astralis – choral works under Hans-Christoph Rademann.

You can listen to excerpts and order the CD here.

Happy Birthday Wolfgang Rihm

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 March 2013

Wolfgang Rihm

World première of Wolfgang Rihm’s first string quintet

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 February 2013

Wolfgang Rihm

Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Arditti Quartett will perform the world première of Wolfgang Rihm’s first string quintet Epilog on 10 February at the Eclat festival in Stuttgart.


Wolfgang Rihm: Epilog
for string quintet | 15’
10/2/2013, ECLAT-Festival, Stuttgart; Jean-Guihen Queyras, vc; Arditti Quartet 

Klangspuren Festival continues with Beat Furrer's Gaspra

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 September 2012

Beat FurrerGaspra for ensemble will be performed on 25 September by the TIMF Ensemble under Soo-Yeoul Choi at the Klangspuren Festival.

Other UE composers that are represented at the Klangspuren Festival are Wolfgang Rihm, Pierre Boulez, Georg Friedrich Haas and Johannes Maria Staud.

Rihm Lieder Master Class in St. Moritz

Posted on 10 July 2012

Rihm Lieder Master Class

The Stiftung pro Musica e Cultura in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is holding a Lied Master Class with Wolfgang Rihm this September.

Visit the Stiftung pro Musica e Cultura website for more information, and download their flyer (PDF) in English and German.

Rihm’s Jakob Lenz, in London, in English

Posted on 16 April 2012

Wolfgang Rihm’s 1978 opera Jakob Lenz comes to the English National Opera in a new translation by Richard Stokes this Tuesday.

Sam Brown directs the new production at the Hampstead Theatre.

Here’s the ENO trailer

View on YouTube

Wolfgang Rihm in Leipzig

Posted on 15 March 2012

Rihm at the Gewandhaus

Continuing in Wolfgang Rihm’s incredibly full birthday week, the Gewandhaus Orchestra will give the world première of Samothrake for soprano and orchestra in Leipzig tonight.

Ulf Schirmer conducts and Anna Prohaska is the soloist.

See also the redesigned Gewandhaus Facebook page.

Happy Birthday Wolfgang Rihm

Posted on 13 March 2012

Wolfgang Rihm (c) Universal Edition / Eric Marinitsch

Happy 60th Birthday Wolfgang Rihm!

See also our news item.

Here is a full list of works by Wolfgang Rihm, as well as a list of forthcoming performances and our complete overview of radio broadcasts.

Our comprehensive new catalogue of Rihm's works is also online.

The night before Rihm’s birthday

Posted on 12 March 2012

On the eve of his 60th birthday, three radio broadcasts portray the composer Wolfgang Rihm.
Wolfgang Rihm: Fremde Szene III
Karol Szymanowski: Mythes: 2. Narcisse
Christine Busch, vln; Conradin Brotbek, vc; Cornelis Witthoefft, pno
SWR2 | Listen live
Monday, 12.03.2012, 20:03*

Wolfgang Rihm: 3. Streichquartett
Wolfgang Rihm: Schrift-Um-Schrift
Wolfgang Rihm: Das Gehege
Andreas Göbel in conversation with the composer.
Kulturradio | Listen live
Monday, 12.03.2012, 21:04*

Wolfgang Rihm: Am Horizont
Ensemble Recherche
Arnold Schönberg: Bläserquintett
Bläserquintett Heinz Holliger
SWR2 | Listen live
Monday, 12.03.2012, 23:03*

* Vienna, Paris, Berlin time

See our overview of radio broadcasts this week.

Jakob Lenz in Amsterdam

Posted on 29 February 2012

Jakob LenzDutch Radio’s ZaterdagMatinee continues its series of Wolfgang Rihm concerts this Saturday with a concert performance of the 1979 opera Jakob Lenz.

Emilio Pomàrico conducts musikFabrik. Thomas Möwes, Johannes Schmidt and Daniel Kirch sing the lead roles.

Listen live on Dutch Radio 4.

The picture left shows our promotion leaflet from 1979, with Richard Salter in the lead role at the world première in Hamburg.