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Wolfgang Rihm (b.1952): 'Jagden und Formen', for orchestra / Ensemble Modern; Dominique My

Album Summary

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Jagden und Formen, for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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The Guardian
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt (08/2001).


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>Rihm, 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