Viola Concerto reviewed · Christian Winther Christensen

2019-12-02
The Danish newspaper Politiken has reviewed the world premiere of Christian Winther Christensen's 'Viola Concerto' performed by solo violist Rafaell Altino and Odense Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Danzmayr in Odense Koncerthus, November 28.

CWC at the world premiere of Viola Concerto / Photo Jacob Mads Kristensen

"It was like the music came from behind a curtain," the headline says. "As an echo from the past". 

The Danish newspaper Politiken rates the evening ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥, saying

"... now, Rafaell Altino and the rest of the world have been enriched with a quiet, yet solid viola concerto."

In the concerto, Christian Winther Christensen has worked with the "hidden sounds", one might otherwise overhear. 

When you play instruments there are all these noises that you overhear. Such as noises from the instrument keys, sounds of shifting positions, and air. I have put them into focus here. Some of the sounds, you might only hear if you look at the movements of the musicians. It forces the listeners to concentrate, and it offers me the freedom to focus on the form. 

The composer explains in our interview.

Politiken 30.11.19 Review by Thomas Michelsen

"Like the german composer [Helmut Lachenmann], the Dane explores the beauty of the soft landscape of the small noisy sounds, hiding behind the full-blown notes, classical music is normally about. Christian Winther Christensen's viola concerto turns everything upside down, so that all the small sounds, which emerges when one plays an instrument, become the main course."

Read the full review here

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