My Week With Wolfgang Rihm

“Thank you for wonderful music, Mr. Rihm. I went to all the concerts at the festival”, I said in a voice similar to a teenage girl at a meet-and-greet with a boy band.

“Oh, thank you. You must be a real fan then”, the legendary German composer with the baby face and the large body responded.

It was the last out of six nights featuring the music of Wolfgang Rihm at Berliner Festspiele’s Musikfest 11. We were in the Berliner Philharmonie and tonight’s performance included Tabea Zimmermann playing the Second Viola Concerto (written for her) with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Last night, we experienced violinist extraordinaire Anne-Sophie Mutter playing Gesungene Zeit with the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra in the same concert hall.

These concerts are a blessing for a lover of classical music. Not only do you get to enjoy the music in the best concert hall, performed by the best orchestras and stellar soloists. You also get to hear the music of a living, contemporary composer with the musical architect present in the audience and on the stage during the applause.

These are special moments that you treasure with emotional and inspirational thoughts.

Here are a list of the works by Wolfgang Rihm performed at Musikfest 11:

  • Et Lux (2009)
  • Verwandlung 3 (2007–2008)
  • Raumauge (1986, 1993/1994)
  • Astralis (2001)
  • Abgewandt 2 (1990)
  • Umfassung (1990)
  • La lugubre gondola / Das Eismeer (1990-1992)
  • Mnemosyne (2006/2009)
  • Marsyas (1998/1999)
  • Gesungene Zeit (1991/1992)
  • Second Viola Concerto (»Über die Linie« IV) (2000/2002)
PLEASE NOTE! This blog post is currently in development. Will be updated soon.

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