WOLFGANG RIHM (b.1952): Jagden und Formen for Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 03X048

Label: BR Klassik

Reference: 900640

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: Jagden und Formen - "chase and shape" is Rihm's exuberant celebration of important aspects of his artistic credo, in the form of an hour-long concerto for orchestra. The composer’s mastery of large instrumental forces was well established very early in his career; this piece finds him exulting in his craftsmanship. He has long held that any version of a piece of music is only a temporary state, and is constantly recomposing earlier works of incorporating them into later ones; that is precisely what happened here. He composed the 15-minute Gejagte Form - chased form - for ensemble in 1995. It was absorbed into the first version of Jagden und Formen between 1996 and 2001. This recording is of the expanded 2008 version, with "many interpolations, soloistic actions, concertante interjections and forms that are constantly driven forward and integrated into the overall flow." as the composer puts it. The orchestra is of generous proportions, except that the strings are restricted to solo players, so that they are on an equal footing with the other instruments, and all are treated as concertante groups of different composition throughout the work, producing a kaleidoscopic multitude of timbral variation. The concern with precision of form, coupled with the teeming inventiveness of textures and timbres are a reminder that Rihm was a Stockhausen pupil in his early Donaueschingen years, and some episodes of massed orchestral effects are as thrilling as those in his teacher's large orchestral pieces. Much of Jagden und Formen exudes a restless energy, and even in passages when the pulse is slow, the constantly shifting orchestral colors create a motion of their own. An exhilarating exhibition of composition as virtuosic pursuit (in both senses), the piece also satisfies Rihm's fundamental tenet that “A composer must be both highly intellectual and emotional in music.” Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Franck Ollu.

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