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Jörg Widmann


  • Type CD
  • Label ECM
  • UPC 0028947633099
  • Catalog number ECM 4763309
  • Release date 01 April 2011
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About the album

Jörg Widmann (born 1973 in Munich) is one of the rapidly rising stars of contemporary music, very highly regarded as both composer and interpreter.

After an acclaimed ECM debut as soloist last year with Erkki-Sven Tüür’s concerto “Noēsis”, now comes a portrait album that addresses both aspects of Widmann’s creativity, the composer and the resourceful instrumentalist.  

Christoph Poppen conducts the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in two major works of broad scope – “Messe” for large orchestra, and “Elegie” for clarinet and orchestra. In between are the Fünf Bruchstücke from 1997, fascinating miniatures that find Widmann the clarinettist in speeding dialogues with Heinz Holliger, the latter making a recorded debut as pianist.  

With large or small instrumental resources, these are powerful and profoundly musical performances.   Widmann, who studied composition with Hans Werner Henze, Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm has an expansive understanding of the structural and sound-colour possibilities of the music of our time.  

Few composers of his generation have received as many accolades and awards. Jörg Widmann’s long list of prizes includes the Arnold Schoenberg Prize of the Vienna Schoenberg Centre, the Claudio Abbado Composition Award, the SWR Composition Award,  the Elise L. Stoeger Prize of the Lincoln Centre Chamber music Society, New York, and more.  

Widmann’s compositions are heard widely on both sides of the Atlantic, with North American appearances and performances proliferating in recent seasons.  

Kent Nagano recently commissioned an opera from Widmann to be premiered next year.  

As chamber musician Widmann performs regularly with partners including Tabea Zimmermann, Heinz Holliger, Andras Schiff, Kim Kashkashian, and Helene Grimaud.  

As a soloist he has achieved great success in orchestral concerts around the world. Several works have been dedicated to him by fellow composers and given premiere of major compositions by Wolfgang Rihm, Aribert Reimann and Heinz Holliger.        

In 2005 Edition Neue Zeitschrift für Musik issued a book of conversations with Jörg Widmann: “Im Sog der Klänge”  

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