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Opening of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018
Orchestral Works by Bára Gísladóttir, Sarah Nemtsov and Simon Steen-Andersen's Piano Concerto

Sat 14 July 2018, 20.00
Lichtenbergschule (Große Sporthalle)

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Bára Gísladóttir: VAPE (2016/17)
Sarah Nemtsov: dropped.drowned (2017)
Simon Steen-Andersen: Piano Concerto (2014)

Nicolas Hodges (Piano)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Baldur Brönnimann (Musical Direction)

A loud, insistent, challenging piece that is about silence. A piece of music that artistically addresses the sarin attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995. And a solo concerto in which a falling grand piano in slow-slow-motion takes up the dogma aesthetic of 1990s Danish cinema. The pieces for the opening concert of the 2018 Darmstadt Summer Course with the hr symphony orchestra headed by Baldur Brönnimann and soloist Nicolas Hodges could not be more different – and yet, despite their diverging tonal languages, we can still identify similarities between the young Icelandic composer Bára Gísladóttir, German Sarah Nemtsov, and Dane Simon Steen-Andersen. Indeed, all three pieces work with complex, highly energetic moments of sound, with flowing, forwards-pressing structures in which time is sometimes put under the microscope, only to tower up into a sculpture again the next moment.

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