Wolfgang Rihm
Symphonie "Nähe fern"

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. A fascinating musical experience, accessible to every listener.