Universal Edition - Wolfgang Rihm – Symphonie "Nähe fern"

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Symphonie "Nähe fern"

Year of composition: 2011-2012
Scored for: for baritone and orchestra
Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
Text Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Original Language: Deutsch
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 3 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A (+bass cl(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
violin I
violin II
double bass
Duration: 55′
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Symphonie Nähe fern

World Première

Location: Lucerne Festival Luzern / Switzerland
Date: 20.08.2012
Orchestra: Luzerner SO
Conductor: James Gaffigan
Main Soloists: Hans Christoph Begemann, Bar


harmonia mundi: CD reviews:

Symphonie Nähe fern - harmonia mundiThe subtitle, Nähe Fern (“distant closeness”), exactly describes the feel of the orchestral movements, which never quote directly from the Brahms symphonies but seem constantly haunted by them – in their harmonic tints and textures, and in the melodic shapes that wander elusively through them. (Andrew Clements, The Guardian)

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It's a strange, but not unsatisfying work: in the second piece, the furtive manner suggests an animal tentatively considering a new beast in its habitat, while the final piece involves a more deliberate distancing, by having the trumpets departing to play the closing section offstage. (Andy Gill, The Independent)

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study score - Symphonie "Nähe fern"

  • for baritone and orchestra
  • Edition type: study score

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