When Wolfgang Rihm began to distance himself, both in his music and in his writing, from the avant-garde movements of the 50s and 60s, the direction in which this incredibly productive composer would later develop could not have been foreseen.
Rihm is now celebrating his 60th birthday (13 March), and it has become apparent that he has developed in various directions. His extensive catalogue of works resembles a huge, craggy landscape which offers a wide perspective for those that take the trouble to explore it.
The breadth of his output can be experienced at no less than three world premières this March:
In Vers une symphonie fleuve VI Rihm expands on his ideal of flowing music. Samothrake is a further virtuoso work for high soprano and orchestra. The Fragmenta passionis is a work from Rihm’s youth, and leads us back to his roots, which were strongly influenced by his experiences singing in a choir.
Happy Birthday Wolfgang!
Vers une symphonie fleuve VI
Badische Staatskapelle, cond. Justin Brown
for high soprano and orchestra
Gewandhausorchester, cond. Ulf Schirmer
Anna Prohaska, soprano
for mixed choir a cappella
Rias Chamber Choir, cond. Hans-Christoph Rademann
24/03/2012 MaerzMusik Festival Berlin