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On 13 March Wolfgang Rihm celebrates his 60th birthday. The breadth of his output can be experienced at no less than three world premières this March.
On 29 February Wolfgang Rihm’s cycle Nähe fern (near far) continues in Lucerne. James Gaffigan conducts the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.
Wolfgang Rihm’s 60th birthday year gets off to a great start this January with the 5th String Quartet Biennale at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.
Rihm’s “Nocturnal scene” receives its Dutch première at the ZaterdagMatinee in Amsterdam.
The French première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel – a sommer piece for violin and small orchestra – takes place on 29 November at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
Reinbert de Leeuw conducts the world première of Der Maler träumt for baritone and ensemble by Wolfgang Rihm on 29 Oct in Amsterdam.
On 25 Oct. Wolfgang Rihm’s Will sound more again will recieve its world première in Porto. Emilio Pomàrico conducts the Remix Ensemble.
The second part of Wolfgang Rihm’s series Nähe fern for orchestra is given its world première in Lucerne on 19 Oct. The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra is conducted by James Gaffigan.
Wolfgang Rihm’s Verwandlung III for orchestra and his Lichtes Spiel for violin and orchestra can be heard at the music festivals in Grafenegg and Lucerne this summer.
The BBC Proms started last week and once again include a wealth of UE works in the many concerts.
Wolfgang Rihm’s Eine Strasse, Lucile “a scene for soprano and orchestra” (after Georg Büchner’s “Dantons Tod”) will receive its world première on 9 July in Karlsruhe.
On 22 June Rihm’s new work for orchestra – Nähe fern 1, ‘answers to Brahms’ – will be heard for the first time. James Gaffigan conducts the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.
From 8 until 22 June Wolfgang Rihm’s opera fantasy Dionysos comes to Amsterdam in the Dutch première of the work. Ingo Metzmacher conducts the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest in a production by Pierre Audi.
In the new issue of our new newsletter Musikblätter, Wolfgang Rihm talks about Schönberg’s Variations Op. 31.
Rihm's Das Lesen der Schrift will receive its first Portuguese (Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, c. Christoph König) and Rumanian (George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, c. Christoph Adt) performance.
Dyade for violin and double bass is the latest work resulting from the long-standing and creative friendship between Anne-Sophie Mutter and Wolfgang Rihm.
Once again it has been a full and busy year here at UE. Here are some of the highlights from a year which saw 57 new works premièred.
Wolfgang Rihm's Verwandlungen has been selected by the Sunday Times as the No. 1 Contemporary Album of the year.
The world première of Wolfgang Rihm's new violin concerto Lichtes Spiel will take place on 18 Nov under Michael Francis at the Avery Fisher Hall.
Wolfgang Rihm comments on the threatened closure of the Dutch Radio Music Center