Allan Gravgaard Madsen and Duo Åstrand/Salo /Photo by Søren Johan Krabbe, DR P2
Double concerto, Nachtmusik, which had world premiere last Thursday, was inspired by a night-time-stroll in Aarhus. Composer, Allan Gravgaard Madsen, tailored the piece to its musicians, Duo Salo/Åstrand, who performed with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by talented Ryan Bancroft. In the following, we bring excerpts of three reviews, praising Allan Gravgaard Madsen and Nachtmusik. The piece was performed after Verklärte Nacht by Schönberg and before Sibelius Symphony no. 5.
Edition·S wrote about Nachtmusik, read more here.
Jeppe Rönnow, September 6th
The first review to hit the news was brought in the classical magazine, Klassisk, who praises the piece. According to them, Allan Gravgaard Madsen succeeded in following Verklärte Nacht by Schönberg - a somewhat difficult task in the eyes of the reviewer. The piece opened with a single note on the violin and then on the piano, simple and almost eventless that nevertheless is surprising, unconventional - and it works! The ear calibrates, and the senses are sharpened to listen to all the detail and underlying musicality in the rest of the piece, the reporter writes.
“I hear the music as an explanation of the darker sides of the soul - more specifically the inner life of Allan Gravgaard Madsen put into music.”
The reviewer experienced the piece as very personal because it was written directly to the two soloists and also because the reviewer was under the impression that the night-time-stroll that Allan Gravgaard Madsen found inspiration from to the piece, did not generate that many sounds, really.
Henrik Friis, September 7th
The world premiere of Nachtmusik was the climax of this Thursday’s concert according to the reviewer. He considers the piece as a deeply original work, which confirms the talk in the European music communities, that Danish composers walk their own individual paths and that the surprising and the curious are the only things you can be sure of in their music.
Although Allan Gravgaard Madsen is known to the media as a satirist on a radio show, his work as a composer still impresses the reviewer. According to him, Allan Gravgaard Madsen is a full poet with a fascinating sense of mixing catchy and beautiful orchestral tones. The reviewer continues to praise the Allan Gravgaard Madsen, marking the composer’s first orchestral work Beinta as one of the climaxes in the musical year of 2016.
On the music blog run by Eva Dupont, she writes: “Bravo, Allan Gravgaard Madsen!” Skip the other works on that evening, and listen to Nachtmusik only, is her advice.
On the blog, Nachtmusik is described as a beautiful piece, deserving a large audience. Dupont was very excited about the way the instruments crisscrossed but then met again on the same note. The reviewer thought it was breathtaking the way the two soloists played the same note over and over again in a number of different ways at the beginning on the piece, pulling the reviewer into the music in a way, Schönberg couldn’t. Praising words also fall to Duo Åstrand/Salo.
Read the full review here