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Rolf Riehm (b.1937): Shifting, for violin & large orchestra; Archipelremix, for large orchestra & electronics / Guy Braunstein, violin; WDR SO Koln, Dennis Russell Davies

Album Summary

>Riehm, Rolf : Shifting, for violin & orchestra
>Riehm, Rolf : Archipel Remix, for orchestra & electronics
Performer Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Rolf Riehm is... an unconventional artist. Before him, nobody has ever sensualized in music such a complex cosmos of philosophical reflections, historical facts, myths, fairytales, memories, scientific arguments, the sublime and the trivial, current sociopolitical findings, very personal ingredients and contributions.' - Bernd Leukert. In a letter to Guy Braunstein, soloist at the world premiere, Riehm describes "Shifting" for violin and orchestra as 'a huge, sweeping melody. For me, it is like a river that continually gains new strength from the downhill slope of its landscape - the landscape here is the expressivity which gives impetus to the "melody" and drives it forward, "... moltissimo appassionato... ". The third section is nothing other than a single suspension extended to almost five minutes. And then shortly before the end: no more restrictions, no excessive pressures, only free movement. This is the true beginning of the piece!' Riehm sees his composition "Archipel Remix" for orchestra with electronic playbacks as an 'archipelago, a complex of islands, consisting of differently sized islands. The piece starts at the beginning and ends at the end, unsurprisingly, but I want to avoid [the natural passage of time]. Hence the metaphor of the archipelago and the type of designation.' - Marion Saxer & Rolf Riehm)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie Köln (01/28/2000); Philharmonie Köln (03/03/1995-03/04/1995).



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Works Details

>Riehm, Rolf : Shifting, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Guy Braunstein (Violin)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Ensemble: SDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
  • Notes: Philharmonie Köln (03/03/1995-03/04/1995)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 12/1994

>Riehm, Rolf : Archipel Remix, for orchestra & electronics
  • Conductor: Peter Rundel
  • Ensemble: SDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
  • Running Time: 45 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999