Rihm: Music for Three Strings

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COMPOSERS: Rihm
LABELS: Kairos
WORKS: Music for Three Strings
PERFORMER: Trio Recherche
CATALOGUE NO: 0012042 KAI
Masterpieces for string trio can be counted on the fingers of one hand, but Wolfgang Rihm’s 1977 score (composed when he was just 25) is one of them. It’s an astonishing tour de force, passionate, lyrical, and ultimately terrifying, and so perfectly proportioned that in this intensely committed performance its 55 minutes seem to pass in a single, all-encompassing span. Andrew Clements

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