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Roxanna Captured Live by Danish Radio

Syddansk Musikkonservatorium, Esbjerg. Saturday 17th August 2024 at 4 pm

SINGLE TICKETS All-inclusive Festival Ticket KR. 700,-

Roxanna Panufnik: Modlitwa for string sextet

Antonín Dvořák: Nocturne in B major, Op. 40, for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass

Valborg Aulin: “Var det en dröm?” for string sextet

Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E-flat major, Op. 38

Roxanna Panufnik: Hora Bessarabia for Violin and Double Bass

Antonín Dvořák: String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97, B.180. “American”

Roxanna Captured Live by Danish Radio

The Klassisk Sommer Festival offers a unique concert titled “Roxanna Captured Live by Danish Radio,” showcasing a rich tapestry of classical and contemporary works. This event features a diverse array of compositions, presenting an exquisite blend of musical eras and styles.

The Concert Programme

The concert opens with Roxanna Panufnik’s “Modlitwa,” a contemplative piece for string sextet, followed by Antonín Dvořák’s “Nocturne in B major, Op. 40,” a work that highlights his skill in creating a serene and lyrical atmosphere. Next is Valborg Aulin’s “Var det en dröm?” for string sextet, a piece steeped in romanticism and emotional depth.

Louise Farrenc’s “Nonet in E-flat major, Op. 38” stands out as a highlight of the program. Farrenc, a pioneering composer and advocate for gender equality, composed this piece blending winds and strings with finesse. The “Nonet” is noted for its classical structure infused with romantic sensibilities, spanning four movements: Adagio – Allegro, Andante con moto, Scherzo: Vivace, and Adagio – Allegro.

Panufnik’s “Hora Bessarabia,” performed by violin and double bass, introduces a touch of modern folk influences, showcasing her versatility as a composer.

The concert concludes with Dvořák’s “String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97, B.180 ‘American’,” a piece celebrated for its vibrant, joyful themes reflecting Dvořák’s fascination with American musical motifs. The quintet comprises four movements: Allegro non tanto, Allegro vivo, Larghetto, and Finale: Allegro giusto.

The Musicians

The concert boasts an impressive roster of musicians from around the globe. Among them is Alexi Kenney, a New York-based violinist praised by The New York Times for his innovative approach and profound musicality. Joining him are violinists Tim Crawford and Maja Horvat, both renowned for their technical prowess and emotive performances.

The violas feature Hélène Clément, Michel Camille and Isidora Timotijevic, musicians known for their rich tonal qualities and dynamic range. Cellists Pau Codina and Eddie Pogossian bring depth and resonance to the ensemble, while double bassist Kristina Edin adds a robust foundation with her versatile playing style.

The wind quintet from the International Esbjerg Ensemble includes distinguished musicians: David Daniel Dinu on oboe, Kerstin Thiele on flute, Ron Chen-Zion on clarinet, Antti Salovaara on bassoon, and Joke Wijma on horn. Their collective expertise ensures a balanced and harmonious blend of woodwind textures with the string sections.

Composer Insights

Roxanna Panufnik is a prominent British composer, acclaimed for her diverse and eclectic body of work. Her compositions often reflect a fusion of sacred music, folk influences, and contemporary classical elements, making her a distinctive voice in the modern classical music scene.

Louise Farrenc, a 19th-century French composer and a trailblazer for women in music, was instrumental in advocating for gender equality in the arts. Her “Nonet in E-flat major” not only showcases her compositional skill but also symbolizes her triumph in achieving recognition and equal pay at the Paris Conservatory, a remarkable feat during her time.

Antonín Dvořák, a celebrated Czech composer, is renowned for incorporating folk elements into classical music. His works, including the “Nocturne in B major” and the “String Quintet No. 3 ‘American’,” are testament to his ability to blend lyrical beauty with vibrant rhythms, reflecting both his Bohemian roots and his experiences in America.

Valborg Aulin, a Swedish composer of the late Romantic period, is known for her emotionally charged compositions. “Var det en dröm?” epitomizes her style, characterized by lush harmonies and poignant melodies, making her a significant figure in Scandinavian music history.

A Musical Journey

This concert is more than just a series of performances; it is a journey through time and emotion, offering audiences an opportunity to experience the evolution of chamber music. From the introspective and prayer-like qualities of Panufnik’s “Modlitwa” to the spirited and folkloric themes of her “Hora Bessarabia,” the program reflects a rich diversity of styles.

Dvořák’s pieces provide a glimpse into his dual identity as a Bohemian composer and an American immigrant, capturing the essence of his musical exploration and innovation. Farrenc’s “Nonet” not only delights with its intricate interplay of instruments but also stands as a historical milestone in the fight for gender equality in the arts.

Each performance is a testament to the skill and artistry of the musicians, who bring these compositions to life with their exceptional talent and interpretative insight. The concert promises to be an unforgettable experience, celebrating the timeless beauty of chamber music and the enduring legacy of its composers.

Join us in Esbjerg for this extraordinary musical event, where tradition meets innovation, and each note tells a story of passion, resilience, and artistic excellence.

Finale: Allegro giusto

Alexi Kenney, Tim Crawford, Maja Horvat – violin, Michel Camille, Hélène Clément, Isidora Timotijevic – viola, Pau Codina, Eddie Pogossian – cello, Kristina Edin – double bass, David Daniel Dinu – oboe, Kerstin Thiele – flute, Ron Chen-Zion – clarinet, Antti Salovaara – bassoon, Joke Wijma – horn

Roxanna Panufnik: Modlitwa for string sextet

Antonín Dvořák: Nocturne in B major, Op. 40, for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass

Valborg Aulin: “Var det en dröm?” for obligato violin, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass

Louise Farrenc’s Nonet in E-flat major, Op. 38
Adagio – Allegro
Andante con moto
Scherzo: Vivace
Adagio – Allegro

Roxanna Panufnik: Hora Bessarabia for violin and double bass

Antonín Dvořák: String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97, B.180. “American”
Allegro non tanto
Allegro vivo
Finale: Allegro giusto

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