Rihm: Nähe fern cycle

Reading time: 1 min. world première Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm has now completed his Nähe fern cycle. He chose the title from a late poem by Goethe which, before Rihm, Brahms also set to music: ‘Dämmrung senkte sich von oben / Schon ist alle Nähe fern.’ [Twilight from above has fallen / Dimly mingling near and far. (Trans: Florence T. Jameson)]

Now the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which commissioned the work, will be playing all four pieces in one concert, including the world première of Rihm’s Dämmrung senkte sich von oben for baritone and orchestra, the poem also expressed in words.

Dämmrung senkte sich von oben (2004-2012)
for baritone and orchestra | 4’
2 2 2 2 - 4 0 0 0, str
prem. 20/08/2012 Lucerne Festival; Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Gaffigan; Hans Christoph Begemann, bar

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