Notes & Reviews:
The three pieces heard on this SACD, each of them a commission from WDR (West German Radio) for the Days of New Chamber Music in Witten, are musical observations of literary sources: texts by Inger Christensen, Rainald Goetz and Joseph Brodsky. The fact that these compositions follow no poetic scheme and are not "set" to music is without question. Here, too, consistency is refuted: Riehm does not trim the music to conform to the semantics of the texts. Instead, speech and sound inhabit autonomous realms and every type of narrative doubling is removed.