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The earlier Rihm work consists of nine short sections, some only half a minute long. It is like an experimental film, in small bite-sized scenes. In the words of the booklet notes, 'the music evokes a specific psychological atmosphere: in a darkening room one is suddenly aware of an overwhelming mysterious presence.'

The final work is an introspective 3-minute 'encore' for 15 players by George Benjamin. Olicantus (2002) was written as one of many short musical tributes by various composers to celebrate composer and conductor Oliver Knussen's 50th birthday [listen -- track 14, 0:02-0:46].

This disc makes for a satisfying 'concert' on disc. Although individual selections will gain from replaying, it presents a well-planned listening experience to hear straight through. Ono has chosen works that complement each other well.

Copyright © 25 January 2006 Carson P Cooman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Turnage - Rihm - Benjamin

2564 60244-2 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 67'47" 2005 Warner Classics

Michael Svoboda, alto trombone (Canzona); Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie; Kazushi Ono, conductor

Mark-Anthony Turnage (born 1960): Études and Elegies: A Quick Blast (2000) for wind, brass and percussion; Uninterrupted Sorrow (2000-1) for large orchestra; A Quiet Life (2002) for string orchestra; Wolfgang Rihm (born 1952): Canzona per Sonare 'Über die Linie' V (2002) for alto trombone and two orchestral groups; Cuts and Dissolves, Orchesterskizzen (1976-7); George Benjamin (born 1960): Olicantus for 15 players (2002)

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VOCAL MUSIC BY WOLFGANG RIHM

WOLFGANG RIHM'S OPERA 'JAKOB LENZ'

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