‘Every instrument is like a person sleeping, whom I must wake to life,’ Nielsen once said, and there is something enchanted about the opening of his Wind Quintet, in which the bassoon seems to bring the other instruments joyfully to life. Nielsen’s radiant work is joined by another classic of the wind ensemble repertoire in this program. ‘Mozart is sunshine,’ Dvořák used to tell his composition students, and his only wind serenade, inspired by Mozart’s examples, is suffused with warmth and light.
The work of the Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund is wonderfully eclectic – informed by the major figures of the 20th century, from Bartok to the minimalists – yet it has a voice and identity all its own. He describes the opening movement of his Octet as ‘rhythmically charged and energetic…creating new multilayered situations that emerge and unfold in the music.’
Christoffer Sundqvist took part in the world premiere of Fagerlund’s Octet in 2017, and is as renowned for his pedagogy as for his playing. Who better to bring this glowing program to life?
Carl NIELSEN Wind Quintet op. 43
Sebastian FAGERLUND Octet Autumn Equinox
Antonín DVOŘÁK Serenade for Winds op. 44
Christoffer Sundqvist director/clarinet
This performance will last 2 hours including a 20 minute interval
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