Huelgas Ensemble & Minguet Quartett
Already in the earliest days of Christianity special liturgical services were celebrated for the dead. Also in music history traces of the requiem exist as early as the Middle Ages. With Et Lux for four voices and string quartet Wolfgang Rihm therefore inscribed himself in 2009 into a long tradition, even though the work is a reflection on, rather than a recapitulation of the traditional Mass for the Dead.
Wolfgang Rihm is an icon of the contemporary classic music scene, with a legendary productivity and versatility. For Et Lux he selected verses from the Office for the Dead that reflect on the Eternal Light standing out against the shadows of death. The result is an equally comforting and unsettling sound play with daring harmonies and a soft texture of voices. Up the alley of the Huelgas Ensemble, flanked for this occasion by the renowned Minguet Quartett.
Huelgas Ensemble & Minguet Quartett | Paul Van Nevel, artistic direction
W. Rihm: Et Lux