New York Philharmonic Premieres New Work by Rihm

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The New York Philharmonic gives the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Two Other Movements, a work commissioned by the orchestra, at Avery Fisher Hall tonight.

The 28-minute work will be performed alongside Haydn's Symphony No. 95, Ravel's Bolero, Chausson's Pome and Saint-SaêŠn's Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, and. Violinist Lisa Batiashvili is the soloist for the latter two pieces. Music director Lorin Maazel conducts.

Asked to write about his new work for the evening's program notes, Rihm wrote, "A piece of art should always speak for itself. There is nothing to 'explain.'"

"However," he added,

one can perceive.... There is no limit to the freedom of hearing (unless, of course, your neighbor chooses to cough too much). Sometimes there emerges something absolutely amazing out of a couple of harmless intervals of thirds. Everything is in a state of flux, motion engenders motion. Contrasts spring up all of a sudden, they lead to conflicts, struggle, decisions, solutions, new conflicts, episodes, replies.... I am fond of forms which develop freely—flux-like forms, form-processes reminiscent of those found in Nature.

The program will be repeated on March 11, 12, and 15.

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