Great reviews of Winther Christensen's Piano Concerto

2019-09-26
Christian Winther Christensen's 'Piano Concerto' was premiered at the Eclat Festival in Stuttgart, and was very well received by audience and critics.

Photo: Mette Kramer Kristensen

February 10th 2019, composer Christian Winther Christensen's Piano Concerto had world premiere at SWR JetztMusik in Eclat, at Eclat Festival, Stuttgart. 

Schweizer Musikzeitung describes the work as "Atonal "de-coring", so to speak, based on the fact that the sound of the piano was electronically extremely dimmed down and manipulated externally via a keyboard. The result, however, was by no means mere caricature, but poetry that with timid and implosive gestures was immediately touching and was met by an accordingly enthusiastic echo at the end."

Read the full review here.

Stuttgarter Nachrichten highlights the crackling tension in the concert hall and concludes: "An incredible piece. The power of the quiet can be radical."

Read the full review here.

“The highlight of the evening and perhaps even the whole festival was Christian Winther Christensen’s Piano Concerto, which demonstrated the occult powers of working with piano and orchestra in a tantric fashion.” Thierry Tidrow wrote in the Cambridge Core. 

Swedish reviewer, Ida Lunden agrees with Tidrow, writing for the Swedish contemporary music journal, Nutida Musik, saying: "The highlight of the concert was Christian Winther Christensen's Piano Concerto." What she likes about the Piano Concerto is that "There are so many features of life in it. The intimate, the magnificent, the serious and the playful".

Read more about the work here and read through the score here.

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