Gerhard Rühm – Masoch CD



First release of Gerhard Rühm’s Radio-Play ‘Masoch’. A ritual recitation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Ignatius von Loyola for one female and one male speaker, a chorus of speakers, and tape. “When the sexual pathologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing coined the term »masochism« in 1890, he was referring to the preferred literary topic and the lived obsessions of the Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. With the help of biographical highlights based on various documentary material, Gerhard Rühm has developed a type of anecdotal psychogram of Sacher-Masoch’s personality. In this process, “a parallel counterpart crystallized almost inevitably: the figure of Ignatius von Loyola, for whom the obscure inner compulsion of total subjugation” Rühm says “manifested itself from seemingly contrary motivations–the eradication rather than stimulation of the flesh.”

Comes with 20-page illustrated booklet.

Tochnit Aleph TA126
Edition of 200 copies

Gerhard Rühm (b.1930), a founding member of the Wiener Gruppe (1954-1960, with F. Achleitner, H.C. Artmann, K. Bayer, and O. Wiener) belongs to the classics of modern German-language literature.
Scores of new genres, such as ‘Visual Music’, ‘Auditory Poetry’ and ‘Gestural Drawing’, are among his wide-ranging, heterogenous work that emerges from the interface of literature, visual art and music.


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