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The concert tonight contains two works, both from the 2000s. Wallins is from 2004, Dalbavies from 2006. In addition, there is a symphony by Denmark's greatest composer, Carl Nielsen.

PROGRAM Wallin: Act for Orchestra Dalbavie: Flute Concert Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, «The Inextinguishable»

PARTICIPATING Andris Poga, conductor Emmanuel Pahud, flute (Artist-in-Residence)

DURATION About. 1 hour and 35 minutes, including break.

Rolf Wallin (born 1957) is one of the foremost Norwegian composers of his generation. He has received several awards for his work. A general characteristic of several of his compositions is that they speak to both scholars and play, without thereby double-communicating. In 2003, Wallin had great success in the United States, with the Cleveland Orchestra performing the award-winning clarinet concerto. This immediately led to the orchestral work Act, a title that has many meanings: action, deed, act, performance. Wallin himself says of the work that it is "a piece about speed, about the joy of activity, and above all about the power of acting together." Wallin views the ability to interact as one of the most important abilities in humans. More specifically, he sees the symphony orchestra as an ideal place for interaction, "where individual musicians interact as a huge, sounding organism." The work Act can be heard as a sonic implementation of all the orchestra's forces, and then towards the end, through speed and ascents, to gather with a violent impact force. The percussion plays a central role throughout the work.

Marc-André Dalbavie (born 1961) wrote his Flute Concerto commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. The same soloist who tonight, Emmanuel Pahud, was the soloist on the premiere and has recorded the work on CD. Dalbavie has also dedicated a piano concerto to Leif Ove Andsnes. Dalbavie has compared his way of composing to that of a Japanese painter: he spends months waiting, and then the picture is there, in three seconds. This is of course an exaggeration, but Dalbavie's approach is not to discover a piece little by little. When listening to his flute concerto, it is therefore difficult to know where he wants to go, in which direction the music is going. And flute and orchestra play with each other, not against each other, concerting. There are elements of minimal music in the concert, changing patterns, but also allusions to the traditional repertoire for flute and orchestra.

Carl Nielsen wrote six symphonies. Symphony No. 4 is entitled "The Inextinguishable" and is from 1915-16. But the title should not indicate any program musical content. Rather, it concerns the different fields of tension that give the symphonic dramaturgy its own tension. But Nielsen could also say that "Music is life and like this inexhaustible". There is a clear contradiction in this symphony: on the one hand, the side theme of the first Allegro movement (with many ters intervals) stands as an instance where the derivation of motifs determines the whole work, including the apotheosis towards the end. On the other hand, as an aggressive counterpart, stands the main theme, built up of small cells, which leads to expansion, but also to infiltration and dissolution of the side theme. In this symphony, as in the previous two, Nielsen excels with a dense orchestral movement with many doublings. Here, as always with Nielsen, the tone is easily recognizable, both in the harmonic and the melodic.

ORGANIZER Stavanger Symphony Orchestra


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