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Rihm: Jagden und Formen / My, Ensemble Modern

Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471558   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Christiane AlbertCatherine MillikenRoland DiryJohn Corbett,   ... 
Conductor:  Dominique My
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wolfgang Rihm is a musical chameleon: the St Luke Passion, my recording of the year in 2001, is a sombre, concentrated work of great emotional depth. In Jagden und Formen (Hunts and Forms) there’s no less concentration, but it’s dynamic and energetic in nature. For the first 15 minutes there’s hardly any let-up in the musical activity – and it isn’t just aimless busy-ness: the strong rhythmic pulse fits into the six-eight mould that’s always been associated with hunting (think of the last movements of Mozart’s horn concertos). Melodic lines are often given to several instruments in unison against a background of syncopated chords and punctuations from the percussion, and this effectively two-part writing gives great clarity to the textures. Read more Although the piece begins with two violins frantically chasing each other, wind and brass dominate the writing: there’s an especially telling part for the cor anglais, who often weaves a slow lyrical line through the surrounding frenetic activity. Moments of repose are infrequent, and tend to serve as launchpads for the next display of fireworks, which just keep exploding in varied and colourful ways. This is exhilarating stuff, stunningly performed and recorded with enormous attention to detail: it’s already on my list for next Christmas.

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

-- Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

Jagden und Formen by Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Christiane Albert (Flute), Catherine Milliken (English Horn), Roland Diry (Clarinet),
John Corbett (Bass Clarinet), Johannes Rupe (Bassoon), Franck Ollu (French Horn),
Jozsef Hars (French Horn), William Forman (Trumpet), Bruce Nockles (Trumpet),
Uwe Dierksen (Trombone), Andrew Digby (Trombone), Jozsef Juhasz (Tuba),
Rumi Ogawa-Helferich (Percussion), Boris Müller (Percussion), Rainer Römer (Percussion),
Jürgen Ruck (Guitar), Manon Morris (Harp), Ueli Wiget (Piano),
Jagdish Mistry (Violin), Ulrike Stortz (Violin), Susan Knight (Viola),
Eva Böcker (Cello), Peter Schlier (Double Bass), Dietmar Wiesner (Flute),
Roland Diry (Bass Clarinet), John Corbett (Clarinet), Jürgen Ruck (Electric Double Bass)
Conductor:  Dominique My
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999/2001; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Hessian Radio Studios, Frankfurt 
Length: 51 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 2001 

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