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Wolfgang Rihm: Lieder (Songs) / Holger Falk, tenor; Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

Album Summary

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Lenz-Fragmente, songs (5) for tenor & piano (or orchestra)
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Gedichte (6) von Friedrich Nietzsche, for baritone & piano
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Wortlos, for piano
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Neue Alexanderlieder, for baritone voice & piano
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Wölfi-Liederbuch, version for bass-baritone voice, piano & 2 drums ad lib.
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Wolfgang Rihm's vocal music ranges from the intimate song to the opulent opera that place enormous demands on singers but never loses sight of the vocal element.

Holger Falk has performed principal roles in several operas by Rihm and has repeatedly worked closely with this composer, while Steffen Schleiermacher is among the most distinguished pianists in the field of modern classical music. Their selection of songs by Rihm ranges from the early Wölfli-Liederbuch to the Six Poems by Friedrich Nietzsche of 2001 and offers compelling insights into the artistic development of one of today's most sought-after composers.

The selection of the texts on which these songs are based is at least as remarkable as the music. Enigmatic, complex, intricate, contradictory: two of the authors sharing space on this CD wrote their texts in a mental asylum, and two others spent the last years of their lives in psychic turmoil.

Friedrich Nietzsche occupies a special place in Rihm's oeuvre. Along with many songs to texts by Nietzsche, the opera Dionysos (with Holger Falk in the title role) thematizes the troubled philosopher.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-06-24_2013-06-26&2013-).



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>Rihm, Wolfgang : Lenz-Fragmente, songs (5) for tenor & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-06-24_2013-06-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Gedichte (6) von Friedrich Nietzsche, for baritone & piano
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-06-24_2013-06-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Wortlos, for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-06-24_2013-06-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Neue Alexanderlieder, for baritone voice & piano
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-06-24_2013-06-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Wölfi-Liederbuch, version for bass-baritone voice, piano & 2 drums ad lib.
  • Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone); Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (2013-06-24_2013-06-26&2013-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1980-1981