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Wolfgang Rihm: Complete Works for Violin & Piano / Tianwa Yang, violin; Nicholas Rimmer, piano

Album Summary

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Phantom und Eskapade, fantasy for violin & piano
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Hekton, for violin & piano
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Antlitz, sketch for violin & piano
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Eine Violinsonate, for violin & piano
>Rihm, Wolfgang : Uber der Linie VII, for violin
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Wolfgang Rihm is one of the world's most eminent and prolific composers. His works for violin and piano encompass almost his entire compositional career, from Hekton in 1972 to the solo violin Über die Linie VII in 2006. Each draws on a wide range of influences, from folk-like moments, embedded quotations and dazzlingly virtuosic episodes. They reflect the breadth of Rihm's various changing styles, which are almost unique in today's music in marrying contemporary technique with emotionally powerful resonances. Acclaimed as 'an unquestioned master of the violin' (American Record Guide), Tianwa Yang has quickly established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist. She has recorded critically acclaimed interpretations of music for violin and piano and for violin and orchestra by Sarasate, with both cycles due for completion in 2013. Nicholas Rimmer currently teaches chamber music and piano at the Hanover University of Music and Drama. He was nominated by Fonoforum magazine as one of the "Rising stars of the year" in December 2011.

International Record Review
The astounding technique of Yang and Rimmer bring these pieces vividly to life. My impression of Yang as a blisteringly incisive and stylish musician is only bolstered by this recital and she's well served by Naxos's clear recording.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Phantom and Escapade, piece involves two characters, one quiet, long lined, and quite beautiful, and playful. Antlitz is said to have relation with the visual arts.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
You could scarcely do better than this CD for an introduction to some of Rihm's more intimate pieces: at Naxos's better-than-reasonable price, it is virtually risk-free. Tianwa Yang and Nicholas Rimmer sound quite at home, even in the most difficult passages, and imbue these works with emotion, as well as meeting their technical challenges with aplomb.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
The devotion that Rihm attracts from his performers is impressive and this young duo is no exception. Both deploy a full range of colour and nuance, and the ability to change mood in an instant. The early pieces might just have benefited from a touch more savagery.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stadthalle Ettlingen, Germany (04/01/2012-04/04/2012).



Reviews

For serious listeners
This is music not for the faint of heart. Wolfgang Rihm is an expressionist composer, who cites Mahler, Schoenberg, and Boulez among his influences. Rihm's an extremely prolific composer, and while his music may reflect his influences, it's certainly not derivative. Rihm has a distinctive voice and his music unfolds according to his own logic.

Unber die LInei VII for solo violin is a massive work that presents Rihm at his bare essence. Double-stops and arpeggios are rare in this work -- most of the music is a single-line melody. But what a melody! It skips around in a pointillist fashion, then becomes tenderly lyrical, then hops up to the extreme register for some softly played harmonics. All the while, though, the music has a sense of direction. And that sense helps the listener follow the player through this world Rihm sets them out to explore.

Eine Violinsonate and Hekton come from the early 1970's, and share a similar style. The music is disjunct, with sudden, wide leaps in register. By contrast, Antlitz and Phantom und Eskapade, composed twenty years later, show significant growth in Rihm's style. The leaps are still there, but its now but one aspect of Rihm's musical language, rather than the defining feature of it.

Tianwa Yang and Nicholas Rimmer have firm command of this material -- which is no mean feat. If you're up for some active listening of thought-provoking music, then this may be the disc for you. Rihm's music is adventurous and challenging, but never dull. And you'll hear some darned fine playing, too.
Submitted on 01/04/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Phantom und Eskapade, fantasy for violin & piano
  • Performers: Tianwa Yang (Violin); Nicholas Rimmer (Piano)
  • Notes: Stadthalle Ettlingen, Germany (04/01/2012-04/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993-1994

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Hekton, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Tianwa Yang (Violin); Nicholas Rimmer (Piano)
  • Notes: Stadthalle Ettlingen, Germany (04/01/2012-04/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1972

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Antlitz, sketch for violin & piano
  • Performers: Tianwa Yang (Violin); Nicholas Rimmer (Piano)
  • Notes: Stadthalle Ettlingen, Germany (04/01/2012-04/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992-1993

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Eine Violinsonate, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Tianwa Yang (Violin); Nicholas Rimmer (Piano)
  • Notes: Stadthalle Ettlingen, Germany (04/01/2012-04/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969-1975

>Rihm, Wolfgang : Über der Linie VII, for violin
  • Performers: Tianwa Yang (Violin); Nicholas Rimmer (Piano)
  • Notes: Stadthalle Ettlingen, Germany (04/01/2012-04/04/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006