Distant Proximity

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The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under conductor James Gaffigan presents a recording of Wolfgang Rihm's Nähe fern ("Distant proximity"), a set of four orchestral works composed in dialogue with Johannes Brahms' four symphonies. Released on Harmonia Mundi, the disc also features Rhim's setting of the Goethe poem Dämmrung senkte sich von oben, sung by baritone Hans Christophe Begemann.  

"On the Nature of Electricity and Acoustics" makes a return appearance on The New Canon, this time as our album of the week. An excellent compilation from the intriguing young record label Heresy, it features 23 short electro-acoustic works by Irish composers curated by Daniel Figgis. With artists ranging from singer/songwriter/sound artist Cathal Coughlan to Trinity College composition lecturer Linda Buckley, it’s an inspiring survey of Ireland’s vibrant electronic music scene.

Three orchestral works by Jörg Widman are collected on a new release from Ondine. Nuanced, dramatic performances from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Harding make this an engaging listen. They are joined by Chrisitian Teztlaff for Widman’s large single-movement Violin Concerto.