He wrote with terrible rapidity, the twig in his fingers rilling
blood without renewal; but in the middle of a sentence his hands denied their service to his will, his arms fell to his sides, the book to the earth; and powerless to move or cry out, he found himself staring into the sharply drawn face and blank, dead eyes of his own mother, standing white and silent in the garments of the grave!
Matthew Passion, Helmuth Rilling grilled his conducting students behind the scenes at the Oregon Bach Festival, making sure that they were tuned into even the tiniest details in the sprawling choral work by Johann Sebastian Bach.
"These are texts that have a deep meaning," Rilling explains later that afternoon, relaxing with his wife, Martina, at a borrowed home overlooking Eugene.
Even so, says Rilling
, the work paves the way for future studies.
"I've been in business for six years and four of the six have been bad ones," Rilling says.
Although Rilling says he has not thought much about the cause of the mild winter in Northern Ontario, issues surrounding global warming have crossed his mind, he says.
- Discovery Series: Bach Cantata BWV 70, conducted by Helmuth Rilling. Beall.
Noon - Let's Talk: Helmuth Rilling and Bastian Cleve.
Helmuth Rilling, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, will lead three University of Oregon ensembles in a free public performance of J.S.
Trotter Endowment is bringing Rilling to campus Oct.
Necessity being the mother of invention, Helmuth Rilling
became the father of the Gaechinger Kantorei.
When German organist and conductor Helmuth Rilling
came to Eugene in the summer of 1970 to teach conducting and organ master classes, perform an organ recital and conduct a choir program, little did he realize he would be spending the next 35 summers here.