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Morphonie / Klangbeschreibung 1-3

Wolfgang Rihm , Michael Gielen , Ernest Bour , SWR Sinfonieorchester Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: SWR Sinfonieorchester
  • Conductor: Michael Gielen, Ernest Bour
  • Composer: Wolfgang Rihm
  • Audio CD (January 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Haenssler Classics
  • ASIN: B0000560KV
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Morphonie - Wolfgang Hock/Karl Steeb/Enrique Santiago/Anton Kasmeier
2. Klangbeschreibung I
Disc: 2
1. Klangbeschreibung II - Ingrid Ade-Jesemann/Monika Bair-Jvenz/Christa Muckenheim/Christine Whittlesey
2. Klangbeschreibung III

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5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark composition July 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Klangbeschreibung" (Sound description), 1987, is a composition of massive scale, and it is dark and heavy of character. Klangbeschreibung I (K I) lasts 20 min. (for three orchestral groups), K II lasts close to 30 min. (for 4 female voices, 5 brass players and 6 percussionists) and K III lasts close to 40 min. (for large orchestra). A total of close to 90 min. of music, this giant of a composition lasts pretty much as long as the longest Mahler symphony!
"Klangbeschreibung" is just phenomenal. Although I like pretty much everything I've heard so far by this composer, with this work for certain Rihm clearly establishes himself to me as a worthy successor to the great post-war generation of composers (Boulez, Stockhausen, Carter, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Ligeti - when he's up to form, Lutoslawski and others). A torch-bearer for the future. This composition has everything I expect from the hands of a truly great composer: unique and personal language, utmost authority, wonderful imagination, inevitability of musical argument, consummate handling of musical tension, etc. What's more, in the years I have delved into the rich, truly exciting realms of great atonal music, not often have I been excited and adrenaline-rushed that much by a musical composition (except by the best Stockhausen and a few others), and have I been left with such a crushing, weighty impression of it! This seems to me a giant under all compositions, not only post-war but any period of Western art music. A landmark in music, and I would say in my view one of the stand-out compositions of the entire 20th century. Wow, did I say that? Apparently I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two powerful works from 1972 and 1987 April 18, 2012
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This two-disc set includes "Morphonie" for orchestra with solo string quartet (1972 -- 40'10) and "Klangbeschreibung I-III" (1987 -- 87'10). Both were premiered by the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg at the Donaueschinger Musiktage: "Morphonie" in 1974 and "Klangbeschreibung" in 1987. These recordings were made in the studio, based on the same intensive rehearsals. "Morphonie" is led by Ernest Bour, while "Klangbeschreibung" is led by Michael Gielen.

It was with the premiere of "Morphonie" that the 22-year old Wolfgang Rihm made his public debut. "Morphonie" made a huge impact as it challenged the then-prevailing post-serialist idiom with its bold energy and use of Romantic gestures, including the moving tonal concluding passage from the strings, evoking Mahler and Berg. Following a crescendo punctuated by piano and percussion, a string quartet section begins shortly after the 20-minute mark and continues, periodically accompanied and interrupted by piano, for nine minutes. Clearly Rihm had absorbed the Second Vienna School as well as the main line of the Austro-German tradition, and proved capable of using putting this heritage at the service of a powerful vision and fresh language. He was to follow "Morphonie" with several more works in a similar vein through the 1970s (for instance Dis-Kontur/Lichtzwang/Sub-Kontur -- see my review).

Rihm elaborated on his initial breakthroughs in the decade of the 1980s, with major works including the "dance poem" Tutuguri based on an Artaud text, and the opera
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