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Rihm: Klangbeschreibung 1 - 3, Morphonie / Bour

Release Date: 01/09/2001 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93010   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Karl SteebWolfgang HockAnton KäsmeierEnrique Santiago,   ... 
Conductor:  Ernest BourMichael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony OrchestraGabrieli QuintetThe Hague Percusssion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are important first recordings of orchestral works, commissioned by South-West German Radio, that have turned out to be milestones in Wolfgang Rihm’s development. He was just 22 when Morphonie was heard at Donaueschingen in 1974, a premiere that must have seemed like a slap in the face to those hardline serialists who gathered there every year, for it showed Rihm using a complex musical language to convey an unmistakably powerful emotional message. It remains a particularly effective work, with its tangles of highly wrought melodic lines pitting a solo string quartet against the might of a full orchestra, and the awareness of the German Romantic tradition in every bar becomes explicit in the valedictory final section, which quotes Read more from Berg and Mahler.

By the time he wrote the three huge panels that make up Klangbeschreibung, Rihm had drastically pared down his music, though the expressive element was just as potent. Even though the central piece includes four female singers, who deliver fragments of Nietzsche against an ensemble of brass and percussion, if it’s a more elliptical work than Morphonie, in some ways it is even more impressive, as the isolated sound objects cohere into something unclassifiably more interesting than the sum of their parts.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Andrew Clements, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Morphonie by Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Karl Steeb (Violin), Wolfgang Hock (Violin), Anton Käsmeier (Cello),
Enrique Santiago (Viola)
Conductor:  Ernest Bour
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972-1973; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/06/1974 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 40 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Klangbeschreibung I by Wolfgang Rihm
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1987 
Venue:  Hans Rosbaud Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 20 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Klangbeschreibung II by Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Monika Bair-Ivenz (Mezzo Soprano), Christa Muckenheim (Soprano), Christine Whittlesey (Soprano),
Ingrid Ade-Jesemann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Quintet,  The Hague Percusssion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Klangbeschreibung III by Wolfgang Rihm
Conductor:  Michael Gielen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Germany 
Length: 38 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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