Rich harmonies and bright contrasts from Rihm and Wagenaar


Diderik Wagenaar, Wolfgang Rihm, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor

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At NTR's Saturday Matinee concert, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra led by Markus Stenz will perform Wolfgang Rihm’s Third Symphony along with Diderik Wagenaar’s recent work Preludio all’infinito and the world premiere of his latest piece Canzone sull’infinito. In the 1970s, at a very young age, Rihm had his breakthrough with three ambitious symphonies which resolutely broke with postwar modernism to embrace the grand gesture, in the spirit of Bruckner and Mahler. In that same period, Wagenaar rollercoasted into Dutch music with his pulsating rhythms and obsessive repetitions. Now, almost four decades later, he adopts a very different, more subtle idiom. We can expect a concert full of rich harmonies, layered textures and sharp contrasts.

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