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. The London Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Valery Gergiev and the soloist is Anne-Sophie Mutter. The concert is repeated the next day at the Barbican in London.
The 18-minute work is dedicated to Anne-Sophie Mutter, who gave the world première in New York in 2010.
“In a certain sense you could say that Lichtes Spiel is a continued development of Gesungene Zeit, as he obviously sounds out the violin with regard to the colours it can produce and what other advanced techniques can be expanded upon, like trills, harmonics, double stops.” (Anne-Sophie Mutter)
Rihm: Lichtes Spiel
for violin and orchestra (commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation)
French première: 29.11.2011
Salle Pleyel, Paris
Anne-Sophie Mutter, vln
London Symphony Orchestra, c. Valery Gergiev