SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg


Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm

© Kai Bienert

Past Dates

Under the direction of Lothar Zagrosek, the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra and outstanding contemporary music soloists contrast earlier and more recent works by Wolfgang Rihm with those of Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff. In addition to John Cage, they are counted among the most important representatives of the American avant-garde.

In Magma (1973), the large symphonic sound apparatus is savoured. With a desire towards the anarchic, Rihm devoted himself to a multifaceted, differentiated and auratic sound composition. The 3. Doppelgesang (2004), performed by Rihm student Jörg Widmann and French violist Antoine Tamestit, is inspired by the poet Francesco Petrarca’s sonnets.
Coptic Light (1986) is Morton Feldman’s final work for a large orchestra. This unusual late work surprises with its polytonal, polyrhythmic richness and with the density of its textures. As a relatively short work, Coptic Light works with the complete twelve-tone chromatic total from the very first beat on. Patterns occurring in rare Middle Eastern weavings provided the source of inspiration.
John, David (1998) by Christian Wolff began as a present for John Cage’s 80th birthday and became a work in memoriam. It contains songs (without words) and a four-part compositional treatment of the songs’ material in the form of solos, duets and other chamber music constellations within the orchestra.

Wolfgang Rihm
3. Doppelgesang
for clarinet, viola and orchestra (2004)
Morton Feldman
Coptic Light
for orchestra (1986)
Christian Wolff
John, David
for orchestra and percussion solo (1998)
Wolfgang Rihm
for large orchestra (1973)

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