The Guardian

Clare and David Lesser’s scrupulous selection of vocal works from the 1980s and 1990s only scratches the surface of another vast area of Rihm’s output. However, it does include one of his recent masterpieces: Ende der Handschrift, settings of 11 poems by Heiner Müller composed in 1999 as a memorial to the writer and dramatist. Müller’s poems are concerned with death, and Rihm’s setting of them is generally restrained – thought that restraint only seems to magnify the sense of loss lurking beneath the music’s surface.

—Andrew Clements