On 29 February Wolfgang Rihm’s cycle Nähe fern (near far) continues in Lucerne. James Gaffigan conducts the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.
Rihm is writing a kind of symphonic echo to each of the four Brahms symphonies, and Nähe fern 3 accordingly reflects on Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.
The title Nähe fern comes from a late poem by Goethe, which has been set to music both by Rihm and Brahms: “Dämmrung senkte sich von oben / Schon ist alle Nähe fern” (“Twilight sank from high above / All that was near already is far”). The question is: how close can one get to Brahms whilst still remaining true to oneself?
Wolfgang Rihm: Nähe fern 3
World première: 29/02/2012, Lucerne
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, cond. James Gaffigan