Tetris for Winds

After a hugely successful 2017 debut, Ole Kristian Dahl – solo bassoonist with the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne – returns to lead ANAM musicians.

  • Beethoven was in his early 20s when he wrote his delicious wind octet. Hear it alongside another classic of the wind ensemble repertoire, the Quintet by Nielsen, which breathes deeply of the world of nature
  • Contrasting Nielsen’s Quintet is Lior Navok’s Tetris, a bustling musical cityscape inspired by the composer’s observation of city life in contemporary New York. The composer reflects: "People were constantly looking for ways to juggle between many things at the same time. They seemed to me like Tetris players who try to match the bricks to a certain pattern, constantly in demand to increase speed. Though to a stranger this pace of life looks fascinating and exciting, I felt that deep inside things look a bit different…"
  • Dahl’s Norwegian compatriot Pauline Hall was a prolific composer; you’ll be delighted by the sounds of her bucolic Suite from 1945
  • Written in 2007, John Carmichael's On the Green celebrates the green spaces where city dwellers can enjoy the open air – from family outings, warm sunshine and merry-go-rounds to the mystery of a park after dark

BEETHOVEN Wind Octetin E-flat major
NIELSEN Wind Quintet
PAULINE HALL Suite for wind quintet Australian Premiere
LIOR NAVOK Tetris for double wind quintet
JOHN CARMICHAEL On the Green for wind ensemble Australian Premiere

Ole Kristian Dahl bassoon/director
ANAM Musicians



Robert Simpson on Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet: "Nielsen’s fondness of wind instruments is closely related to his love of nature, his fascination for living, breathing things."

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