Gerhard Rühm – Ophelia and the Words CD



Highly recommended CD featuring the pieces “Ophelia and the Words“ (radio-play for narrator & chorus, english version), “Wald – Ein Deutsches Requiem” (a text-sound radio piece), and “Kleine Geschichte der Zivilisation” (for piano & tape / speakers & chorus).

“Ophelia and the Words“ (1983) is based exclusively on the complete text of Ophelia from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. Ophelia speaks here only to imaginary partners, whose textual failure makes the situations concretized in the original dialogue into a reality which is remote from reality, are untraceable.

On the subject of forest dying, the work “Wald, a German Requiem“ (1983) is being discussed. Naked facts are given as musical elements as accentuation; They thus provoke the listener without any additional comment on his own opinion.

“Little History of Civilization“ (1980) – a piece of piano with a simultaneous echoing tape in the middle – is a radio play that does not require words whose “story” becomes immediately apparent in the confrontation of music and sound.

Including 20 page bilingual (english / german) illustrated booklet.


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