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Wolfgang Rihm: Verwandlungen

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>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung, for orchestra
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung 2, for orchestra
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung 3, for orchestra
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung 4, for orchestra

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>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung, for orchestra
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung 2, for orchestra
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung 3, for orchestra
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung 4, for orchestra
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Wolfgang Rihm is one of the best known and most frequently discussed contemporary composers. The fifth installment of the Wolfgang Rihm Edition brings together four orchestral pieces, composed between 2002 and 2008. "Metamorphosis I" was written for the NDR Symphony Orchestra, "Metamorphosis II" for the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, "Metamorphosis III" for the Staatskapelle Weimar, and "Metamorphosis IV" for the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. The last two of these works ("Metamorphosis III and IV") were completed in 2008 and are thus, representative of the composer's most current style. As with all of Rihm's cyclical works, each piece stands alone, but the compositional concerns and indeed, much of the thematic material, recurs in endlessly "transformed" and "metamorphosed", creating a sense of change within a unified structure within these colorful and sonorous new works.

"The music seems to define its own form as it unfolds, with its long, sinuous instrumental lines, making passing references to a number of composers...In Rihm's music it seems that everything - the whole of music history - is up for grabs, for reappraisal and for recycling." -The Guardian***

"Proliferation of ideas unimpeded by the conventionalities of form is the aesthetic goal...and Rihm strives for it in an idiom that is wildly inclusive (dominantly tonal) while evading modish eclecticism. His inventiveness is invigorating - you feel he can musically do anything - yet there is grit here, too." -Sunday Times***

"You need an orchestra that can turn on a sixpence to do these scores justice, but the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra...manage just that, with a quicksilver response to changes of texture, tempo and colour. The engineers have captured it all in transparent sound...Strongly recommended for an hour of serious grown-up fun." -International Record Review



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Works Details

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Christian Arming
  • Notes: Messe Stuttgart (12/04/2006-12/07/2006)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung 2, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Christian Arming
  • Notes: Liederhalle Stuttgart (10/18/2007-10/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung 3, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Matthias Pintscher
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007-2008

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Verwandlung 4, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Matthias Pintscher
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008