Wolfgang Rihm skips church

The German composer has notified the Festival of European Church Music that he cannot accept its award this weekend, ‘due to a serious illness’.

Rihm, 65, is an artistic director of the Lucerne Festival. We hope he recovers in time.

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    • Robert, you omitted the “an”. Since he has followed Boulez as director of the Lucerne Festival _Acadamy_, it is a point of view whether you can call him „_an_ artistic director of the Lucerne Festival“. However, I agree that it might be misleading to do so. He is a very fine musician. I wish him all the best.

    • Rihm holds an academic post at Karlsruhe, for new muzak! Clearly he can write his subsidised tuneless wrong note stuff without any financial loss courtesy of the tax payer. I once sat for over 80 mins for a Rihm concert, afterwards I went home and played this concert of Daniel Fortea guitar music in Cork, more enjoyable. Fortea was a colleague of Segovia.

      http://www.hfm-karlsruhe.de/inmm/01-NeueMusikMedien/00-start.htm
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShWeVeHQPhM

    • We were just in time, and have tied him up on a chair and taped his mouth, for the time being, untill the redness of the face decreases and the steam no longer comes out of the ears.

      Sally

      • PS It appears that mr B was particularly offended by the accusation that his bashing would be incoherent, since he applies extreme care in every bash to keep it accessible and especially, coherent. We did a check with other staff members on a couple of bashes over the last months and concluded that he is right. We therefore would like to wholeheartedly recommend to read properly before claiming flaws of this kind.

        Sally

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