02/05/2013

harmonia mundi: CD reviews for Rihm's Symphonie “Nähe fern”

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The first reviews for James Gaffigan’s recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s Symphonie “Nähe fern” with the Lucerne SO and Hans Christoph Begemann, bass, are out:

The 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)
This is an excerpt, read the full review on The Guardian.

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)
This is an excerpt, read the full review on The Independent.

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