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The pace is frantic - there are moments when ideas seem to tumble over one another, as if Rihm can scarcely find the musical space to accommodate the richness of his invention - and the instrumental writing astonishingly challenging. Every so often, though, the onward rush is halted and the music pauses for breath; pools of delicate, gentle lyricism appear, only to be swept away as the pace quickens once again.
Through all of this the sense of an over-arching shape, of a profound musical architecture, is always there. The ending, when it comes, seems at the same time unexpected and satisfyingly inevitable. Rihm has produced a number of remarkable works, but Jagden und Formen is one of the very finest, and the performance by Ensemble Modern, conducted by Dominique My, does it justice in a quite outstanding way.
Recording information: Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt (08/2001).
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Works DetailsRihm, Wolfgang : Jagden und Formen, for orchestra
- Conductor: Dominique My
- Ensemble: Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt)
- Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Written: 1995-2001