Christian Winther Christensen · Viola Concerto · World Premiere

Christian Winther Christensen's Viola Concerto will world premiere November 28, performed by solo violist Rafaell Altino and Odense Symfoniorkester, conducted by David Danzmayr in Odense Koncerthus.

Christian Winther Christensen / Photo: Mette Kramer Kristensen

November 28, Christian Winther Christensen’s Viola Concerto will premiere in Odense Koncerthus by solo violist Rafaell Altino and Odense Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Danzmayr. In this regard, Edition·S asked the composer about creating Viola Concerto

I have been working on the Viola Concerto for quite a while. It started out as a small orchestral piece of 4 movements with an abstract form. But I was not entirely satisfied. So I decided to bring the abstract form on to a new 7 movement piece. That is why the piece is very classical. No doubt my sources of inspiration are the legends we know of such as Mozart and Beethoven. 

In the description, Odense Symphony Orchestra writes that the concert will “sharpen the senses”, to which the composer says:

When sounds are faint it often demands of the eyes and ears to acknowledge them. Don’t you know the feeling of sitting in a loud café focusing on something like placing your cup at the table and suddenly you hear it? Normally, the sound would disappear in the dense wall of sound but as you focus on it you can suddenly hear it. That is a phenomenon I work with in my music. 

Translating the phenomenon into musical terms, Winther Christensen elaborates:

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. 

Talking about musicians, solo violist Rafaell Altino will be performing at the world premiere. 

I have had a workshop with Altino and I look forward to working with him.

At the event, Christensen’s piece will be performed after Webern’s arrangement of Bach’s Ricercar a 6 and before Brahms’ Symphony no. 1.

The concert will be live transmitted on Danish Radio P2.

View the event here