WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for classical.net!

Rihm: Tutuguri / Bollon, Huber, Stuttgart Radio SO


Release Date: 03/25/2003 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   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. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

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

1.
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. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In