musica viva vol. 40 – WOLFGANG RIHM: JAGDEN UND FORMEN

BR-KLASSIK and musica viva are celebrating the 70th birthday of Wolfgang Rihm with a further release on CD. Rihm's symphonic work Jagden und Formen (2008) received its world premiere in November 2001 in Basel by the Ensemble Modern. BR-KLASSIK releases now the Munich premiere by
the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Franck Ollu on CD. It was a studio production in the Herkulessaal der Residenz in Munich on 22.6.-25.6.2021.

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Wolfgang Rihm is one of the most important contemporary composers of our time. The musician, professor of composition and author from Karlsruhe, Germany is a larger-than-life personality, and the contemporary music scene is impossible to imagine without him. His knowledge of music is all-encompassing, as is his mastery of the arts, literature and philosophy – all of which serve as sources of inspiration for his composing. With more than 400 compositions, he has created a universe that cannot easily be defined. Rihm has written New Music – the titles of his compositions have come to symbolise the musical history of recent decades. Other works by him refer to music history – they include, for example, oratorios inspired by Bach, orchestral works based on Brahms, or chamber music inspired by Schumann. His stage works enrich the programmes of opera houses. 

The CD features the large-scale symphonic work Jagden und Formen (2008), which received its world premiere in November 2001 in Basel by the Ensemble Modern. Of the original version, which was created between 1995 and 2001, Rihm composed a new version between 2007 and 2008 that was staged for the first time with a choreography by Sasha Waltz at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, again with the Ensemble Modern playing. – Rihm’s orchestral work is so instantly gripping in its urgency and relentlessly motor-like power that it already ranks as a modern classic. In its 2008 state, the “work in progress” that grew over the years reached its final form. What begins as a courtship dance between two violins soon escalates into breathless music that is irresistibly captivating: virtuosic, intoxicating and overflowing with ideas, without ever losing its tension and urgency. Rihm reveals himself here as a master of compression. – The Munich premiere by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Franck Ollu was a studio production in the Herkulessaal der Residenz in Munich on 22.6.-25.6.2021.

Wolfgang Rihm

Jagden und Formen
for orchestra (2008)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Franck Ollu, conductor


1 CD highprice 
Booklet: in German / in English
Product Number: 900640
Total time: 61:41 min


    • Rihm’s Jagden und Formen for orchestra – his large-scale symphonic work in its new version of 2008
    • The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, deeply familiar with Rihm’s musical language, performs under Franck Ollu
    • Studio recording in the Herkulessaal der Residen in Munich on 22.6.-25.6.2021.