Salzburg contemporary: Wolfgang Rihm

Reading time: 2 min. Wolfgang Rihm Salzburg Festival

Six works by Wolfgang Rihm will be performed at this year’s Salzburg Festival in the frame of Salzburg contemporary. Among the works performed will be the world première of his Piano Concerto No. 2 and two Austrian premières: Will Sound More and Harzreise im Winter.

From the programme of the Salzburg Festival:

As a child, Wolfgang Rihm wanted to be a painter, then a writer and finally a composer. Entire groups of works illustrate his close relationship with the visual arts, while numerous artist friendships give testament to the constant flow of energy between Wolfgang Rihm and painting.

His anti-cyclical “over-painting” of works that seem to grow from one germ cell has led to large-scale open series and complexes of works. Starting with his Chiffren and Tutuguri cycles from the 1980s, Rihm made it clear that in his flow of music, form generates itself from beginnings and endings of music. The works Gedrängte Form and Gejagte Form, all the way to his Jagden und Formen (1995–2001), are eloquent examples of this, already evoking the principle of continuous shaping within their titles. […]

Salzburg Festival

The world premiere of a new piano concerto by Wolfgang Rihm is an event to look forward to particularly. […] musical balance will be attained through great arches of tension, through an audible “cutting into one’s own flesh” and an articulation of tradition “which can only ever be my tradition”: “There are no historical models anymore, but there are positions which define a Now with a view to a Past (not derived from it), allowing us to see the Past as another Now (that of the past).”

Achim Heidenreich, Salzburg Festival

Salzburg contemporary is sponsored by Roche.

Wolfgang Rihm: Will Sound More
Austrian première
for ensemble | 15'
Wolfgang Rihm: Gejagte Form
for orchestra | 15'
04.08.2014, Kollegienkirche; Susanne Otto, a; Noa Frenkel, a; Klangforum Wien, cond. Sylvain Cambreling

Wolfgang Rihm: Goethe-Lieder
for baritone and piano
Wolfgang Rihm: Harzreise im Winter
Austrian première
for baritone and piano | 13'
05.08.2014, 19.30h, Haus für Mozart; Christian Gerhaher, bar; Gerold Huber, pno

Wolfgang Rihm: Piano concerto No. 2
for piano and orchestra | 25'
world prem. 25.08.2014, Großes Festspielhaus; Tzimon Barto, pno; Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, cond. Christoph Eschenbach

Wolfgang Rihm: Lichtes Spiel
for violin and small orchestra | 18'
31.08.2014, Großes Festspielhaus; Leonidas Kavakos, vln; Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, cond. Mariss Jansons

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