Wolfgang Rihm sits at home in front of his bookshelf

With the Berliner Philharmoniker
IN-SCHRIFT with Kirill Petrenko
Das Gehege with Simone Young
Transitus III with Klaus Mäkelä 

Chamber music with orchestra members
Four studies for a clarinet quintet
String Quartet No. 4 and much more.

In the Digital Concert Hall
Wolfgang Rihm in the Digital Concert Hall archive

 

Wolfgang Rihm | Picture: Monika Rittershaus

“Music is always human, there is no music without people,” says Wolfgang Rihm. This attitude is also reflected in the subjective, direct expression of his works, which has made Wolfgang Rihm the most frequently performed contemporary German composer. In 2024/25 he will be Composer in Residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker. You can get to know his multifaceted oeuvre in chamber music evenings and orchestral concerts – for example right at the start of the season, when Kirill Petrenko conducts his famously dark sound sculpture IN-SCHRIFT.

“Music is created in response to music”: Wolfgang Rihm in conversation

Video: Tobias Möller / Adam Janisch

Musikfest Berlin
Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
IN-SCHRIFT

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

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Musikfest Berlin
Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
IN-SCHRIFT

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

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Musikfest Berlin
Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
IN-SCHRIFT

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Musikfest Berlin
Chamber Music Hall

Harry Ward violin
Angelo de Leo violin
Tobias Reifland viola
Solène Kermarrec cello
Andraž Golob clarinet

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Rihm
Four Studies for a clarinet quintet

Interval

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581

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Four musicians

Chamber Music Hall

At the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Leonkoro Quartet:
Jonathan Schwarz violin
Amelie Wallner violin
Mayu Konoe viola
Lukas Schwarz cello

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm, Felix Mendelssohn and Ludwig van Beethoven

Wolfgang Rihm
String Quartet No. 1, op. 2

Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet in E minor, op. 44 No. 2

Interval

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet in A minor, op. 132

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Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic chamber music

Philharmonisches Streichquartett:
Dorian Xhoxhi violin
Helena Madoka Berg violin
Naoko Shimizu viola
Christoph Heesch cello
Amihai Grosz viola

Works by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, op. 26

Wolfgang Rihm
Grave for string quartet

Interval

Anton Bruckner
String Quintet in F major

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Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Simone Young conductor
Vida Miknevičiūtė soprano

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
Das Gehege. A nocturnal scene for soprano and orchestra

Vida Miknevičiūtė soprano

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 2 in C minor (1st version from 1872)

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Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Simone Young conductor
Vida Miknevičiūtė soprano

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
Das Gehege. A nocturnal scene for soprano and orchestra

Vida Miknevičiūtė soprano

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 2 in C minor (1st version from 1872)

Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Simone Young conductor
Vida Miknevičiūtė soprano

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
Das Gehege. A nocturnal scene for soprano and orchestra

Vida Miknevičiūtė soprano

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 2 in C minor (1st version from 1872)

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Alxeander Lonquich

Chamber Music Hall

At the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Piano recital

Alexander Lonquich piano

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Robert Schumann and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
Klavierstück No. 5

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Piano Sonata in E minor, Wq 91 No. 1

Robert Schumann
8 Novelettes, op. 21: No. 1 in F major

Robert Schumann
8 Novelettes, op. 21: No. 2 in D major

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Piano Sonata in C major, Wq 65 No. 47

Robert Schumann
8 Novelettes, op. 21: No. 3 in B minor

Robert Schumann
8 Novelettes, op. 21: No. 4 in D major

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Wolfgang Rihm
Wortlos I

Robert Schumann
8 Novelettes, op. 21: No. 5 in D major

Robert Schumann
8 Novelettes, op. 21: No. 6 in A major

Robert Schumann
8 Novelettes, op. 21: No. 7 in E major

Wolfgang Rihm
Wortlos II

Anton Bruckner
Erinnerung

Robert Schumann
8 Novelettes, op. 21: No. 8 in F sharp minor

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Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic Octet Berlin:
Daishin Kashimoto violin
Romano Tommasini violin
Amihai Grosz viola
Christoph Igelbrink cello
Esko Laine double bass
Wenzel Fuchs clarinet
Stefan Schweigert bassoon
Stefan Dohr french horn

Works by
Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Rihm and Ludwig van Beethoven

Franz Schubert
Moments musicaux (arr. for octet by Hans Abrahamsen)

Wolfgang Rihm
Sextett for clarinet, horn and string quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven
Septet in E flat major, op. 20

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Chamber Music Hall

Jelka Weber flute
Dominik Wollenweber oboe
Andraž Golob clarinet
Stefan Schweigert bassoon
Johannes Lamotke french horn
Kit Armstrong piano

Works by
Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans Werner Henze and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ludwig van Beethoven
Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon in E flat major, op. 16

Jelka Weber flute, Kit Armstrong piano

Wolfgang Rihm
Wind Quintet

Jelka Weber flute

Interval

Hans Werner Henze
WInd Quintet

Jelka Weber flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon in E flat major, K. 452

Kit Armstrong piano

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Chamber Music Hall

Simon Roturier violin
Marlene Ito violin
Ignacy Miecznikowski viola
Bruno Delepelaire cello
Emmanuel Pahud flute
Wenzel Fuchs clarinet
Marie-Pierre Langlamet harp

Works by
Jean Cras, Bruno Delepelaire, Lili Boulanger, Wolfgang Rihm and Claude Debussy

Jean Cras
Quintet for flute, harp and string trio

Bruno Delepelaire
rêverie française for flute and harp

Lili Boulanger
Nocturne for flute and harp

Wolfgang Rihm
En plein air for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet

Interval

Claude Debussy
String Quartet in G minor

Claude Debussy
Rhapsody for clarinet (arr. for septet by Sylvain Blassel)

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Portrait photo of Klaus Mäkelä.

Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Klaus Mäkelä conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Richard Strauss

Wolfgang Rihm
Transitus III

Interval

Richard Strauss
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

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Portrait photo of Klaus Mäkelä.

Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Klaus Mäkelä conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Richard Strauss

Wolfgang Rihm
Transitus III

Interval

Richard Strauss
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

Portrait photo of Klaus Mäkelä.

Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Klaus Mäkelä conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Richard Strauss

Wolfgang Rihm
Transitus III

Interval

Richard Strauss
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

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Chamber Music Hall

Simon Roturier violin
Angelo de Leo violin
Micha Afkham viola
Solène Kermarrec cello

Works by
Robert Schumann and Wolfgang Rihm

Robert Schumann
String Quartet in A minor, op. 41 No. 1

Wolfgang Rihm
String Quartet No. 4

Interval

Robert Schumann
String Quartet in A major, op. 41 No. 3

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