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Rihm: Tutuguri / Bollon, Huber, Stuttgart Radio SO

Release Date: 03/25/2003 
Label:  Swr Music   Catalog #: 93069   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Rupert Huber
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony OrchestraStuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Inspired by Antonin Artaud's poem Tutuguri--Le Rite du soleil noir (The Black Sun Rite), Wolfgang Rihm's colossal "poème dansé" receives its world premiere in this recording. Its staged version calls for orchestra (with no fewer than six percussionists!), chorus, and live dancers, but even on a recording we have a real sense of the work's giant scope. It's a massive, unruly, and unrestrained beast. Although based on a poem, Tutuguri is not exactly programmatic or episodic. Rather, Rihm's writing evokes the fragmentary feeling of a nightmare, as when certain muscular, vivid images leap out of your memory once you awake, but the overall narrative is lost. That mood holds here:
Read more flutes nervously stuttering; strings skittering along; the ominous, pulsating rhythms mimicking running in fright; bloodcurdling cries from the chorus. But the background upon which all this takes place is a silent void. It's only in the last movement that these splintered experiences are stitched together in a primal, ritualistic drum session in which the rhythmic pounding harnesses and transforms all that wild energy.

Aside from the innate theatricality of the piece, Tutuguri is a tour de force for the musicians, especially the percussionists--and it's a challenge that the SWR handles beautifully under the commanding baton of Fabrice Bollon. (The chorus is minimally present; this is really the instrumentalists' show.) The sound is gorgeous too--the cracking thunder (or is it gunfire?) of the drums in the fourth movement is terrifyingly vivid. While this is not the most relaxing or reassuring piece in the world, Rihm brilliantly realizes his vision, and the recording is definitely a winner. [4/12/2003]
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Tutuguri by Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Rupert Huber (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980-1982; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Stadthalle Sindelfingen, Germany 
Length: 117 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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