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Wolfgang Rihm: Et Lux, for vocal ensemble and string quartet / Huelgas Ensemble; Minguet Quartett; Paul Van Nevel

Album Summary

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Et Lux, for chorus & string quartet
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Notes & Reviews:

Wolfang Rihm's Et Lux is an alluring and timeless work for vocal ensemble and string quartet that powerfully emerges as if from centuries ago.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
This extremely well-recorded performance finely conveys the music's searing struggle to cohere; and while some of the more austere episodes might strain the listener's concentration, they are set against eruptive, even melodramatic passages that demonstrate Rihm's special ability to make something distinctively edgy out of meditation and reflection.

The Guardian, 9th April 2015
Tropes waft in from across the ages: this music treads the line of tangibility, with sudden rushes of anger or fondness and the messy half-memories that come with grief...van Nevel doubles the vocal parts to create broad, generous textures that sound lovely and lush against the strings' icy clarity - all qualities that ECM's engineers are expert at capturing.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Et Lux (2009), for vocal ensemble and string quartet, is an hour-long deconstruction of the Requiem mass incinerated into hallucinatory reminiscences by an early music-specialist choral group and a string quartet making like an avant-garde viol ensemble. The choral writing is generally more diatonic and is intended to produce distant memory of the erstwhile style. Following Paul Griffiths' annotations, "the separate prayers nestle into the one prayer [the entire Requiem] with some words re-echoing again and again, while others have been lost forever".

The result is a chore for listeners who don't miss the old DG Avant-Garde-Series vocal works produced in the 60s by the likes of Stockhausen, Schnebel, and Kagel, all of whom produced similar exercises. Much of this is quiet and dark, as appropriate to the text. Listeners and others seeking a clear definition of the "Deconstruction" concept might find this useful.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Augustinus Muziekcentrum, Antwerpen (02/2014).


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>Rihm, Wolfgang : Et Lux, for chorus & string quartet
  • Conductor: Paul Van Nevel
  • Ensemble: Huelgas Ensemble
  • Running Time: 61 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009