Friday, 11. March 2022, 8.00 pm
Munich, Herkulessaal
Introduction 6.45 pm


Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm
Wölffli-Lieder for Bassbariton and Orchestra


Wolfgang Rihm
Die Stücke des Sängers

Wolfgang Rihm

Ingo Metzmacher, Conductor

Georg Nigl, Baritone

Lawrence Power, Viola

Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello

Magdalena Hoffmann, Harp

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Ingo Metzmacher © Astrid Ackermann
musica viva 2021/2022 © LMN Berlin


This concert is part of the musica viva concert series – one of the world’s most important forums for contemporary music. This forward-looking concert series presents new orchestral and ensemble works as well as advanced chamber music compositions of experimental character at the highest level.

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Wolfgang Rihm’s work is pervaded by “lines of force”, such as a passion for literature and the visual arts, and often by borrowing from his own music. Earlier pieces are reworked and overwritten without being discarded. A crucial role on this labyrinthine path through time is played by lines, both written and performed: “I love the convoluted web of lines in orchestra’s potential”, he explains. “They are the intertwining grids on which I’ve been working for years”. In Die Stücke des Sängers, Orpheus is torn apart and his lyre is smashed. But new things emerge from the destruction, for his harp continues to play: “Everything I’ve brought forth by way of music I owe to a life, not to a strategy, theory or experiment. It has always been life itself.”

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