WOLFGANG RIHM (b.1952): Antlitz for Violin and Piano, Phantom und Eskapade for Violin and Piano, Nachstudie for Piano.
Catalogue Number: 01N072
Reference: 613 1672-2
Description: These three works from the beginning of the 1990s illustrate how, to Rihm, his entire compositional œuvre may be considered a 'work in progress', or one large composite work, so to speak. Antlitz has the character of pencil sketches (the recent death of an artist friend, Kurt Kocherscheidt, may have some bearing on this); the piece is fragmentary, quiet and subtle, consisting entirely of small gestures. At almost the same time, Rihm produced Phantom und Eskapade, as a kind of by-product of a violin concerto - like this work a Sacher commission for Anne-Sophie Mutter - a series of much more concrete vignettes, many episode being quite Romantic in feeling, with an underlying sense of tonality, in an appealing, much more readily approachable work. Nachstudie is an adaptation of the piano part of an orchestral work, which also exists in further elaborated recompositions for other instrumental combinations. This version - with its resonances, lingering spaces, blocks of sound that are sometimes blurred and blended and sometimes starkly contrasting - sounds like sketches again, but this time in a denser, more plastic medium, with subtly judged layering of color and texture. Andreas Seidel (violin), Steffen Schleiermacher (piano).