Despite the problems caused by the Corona-virus our Webshop and the contact forms on our website are fully available. You may also address your inquiries to email@example.com. Thank you for your understanding if our answer takes longer as usual because of the current restrictions. Your Universal Edition Team
As with many others of Rihm’s works, the keyword to this music is Gesang, as he lets the instruments sing again and again; in his Doppelgesängen they sing with one voice, as if a single instrument were playing. “Janus singing,” as the composer says. The long, sustained notes generate terrific tension for about 5,5 minutes, until dance-like material is introduced in a short, bright section. The moment is almost surreal – it is gone again as quickly as it came and the prevailing atmosphere of the music returns.
Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley