Luzerner Sinfonieorchester & James Gaffigan – Rihm: Symphonie “Nahe fern” (2013) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester & James Gaffigan – Rihm: Symphonie “Nähe fern” (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:31 minutes | 821 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

If every work of art can be understood as the docile or rebellious descendant of dozens, indeed hundreds of other works of art, the immense majority of Wolfgang Rihm’s compositions fully assume the heritage of the past. This is especially true of ‘Nähe fern’, whose title (‘Distant proximity’) refers to his experience of the four symphonies of Brahms. Each of these pieces for orchestra is a homage profoundly linked with its model, yet at the same time constantly moves away from it. Commissioned by the Lucerne Sinfonieorchester ‘Nähe fern’ was premiered at the Lucerne Festival on 20th August 2012.

“there’s considerable refinement in the playing and Gaffigan avoids drawing undue attention to Brahmsian references – letting them emerge without forcing the point, which was surely Rihm’s intention…A thoroughly worthwhile release.” (International Record Review)

“The incalculably prolific Rihm has added another large, unusual opus to his oeuvre…Fragments of the canonical masterpieces tantalisingly punctuate these curious essayistic meditations that seem to combine a sort of brooding languor with a determined cutting edge.” (The Sunday Times)

Wolfgang Rihm (1952)
Symphonie “Nähe fern”
01. Nähe fern I
02. Dämmrung senkte sich von oben
03. Nähe fern II
04. Nähe fern III
05. Nähe fern IV

Hans Christoph Begemann, baritone
Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
James Gaffigan, conductor