Klang – Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival

Fri. 07/06/24, 8:00 PM
Black Diamond Library, Kopenhagen (DK)
Isabel Mundry (*1963)

Endless Sediments for chamber orchestra (2018-19) DK

Gemma Ragués Pujol (*1993)

Trust Me (2024) UA
Commissioned by the Basel Sinfonietta

Ylva Lund Bergner (*1981)

dOWN (2024) UA
Commissioned by the Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival “Klang”

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (*1973)

Considering Icarus for solo trombone and orchestra (2021) DK

Cathy Milliken

Earth Plays V: Ediacaran Fields for orchestra and audience (2021) DK

Titus Engel, conductor
Gemma Ragués Pujol, performance
Stephen Menotti, trombone

To round off the season, the Basel Sinfonietta presents a program showcasing compelling music by five female composers, a program the orchestra performed a few days prior at the avant-garde music festival “Klang” in Copenhagen.

In her orchestral work Endless Sediments, German composer Isabel Mundry explores the traces of music that is temporally or spatially distant. In her differentiated tonal language, contemplation of the relationships between time, space and perception flows into the work in a variety of ways.

The young Barcelona-born composer Gemma Ragués Pujol has been commissioned by the Basel Sinfonietta to write a new work in which the orchestra echoes or colorizes the words of a narrator to create a cubist piece, in which rhythm and text play a leading role.

Commissioned by the Copenhagen Klang Festival, the young Swedish-Danish composer Ylva Lund Bergner has written dOWN for the Basel Sinfonietta, a work for orchestra inspired by the interplay between wind and trees.

In Considering Icarus, the concerto for trombone and orchestra by Norwegian singer and composer Maja S. K. Ratkje, the soloist is encouraged to pursue their lofty ambitions and in doing so, set the music flying.

And Australian composer Cathy Milliken drew inspiration for Ediacaran Fields from 500-million-year-old fossils found at a South Australian site. In her music, she not only evokes the magic of a world where animals and plant organisms coexist peacefully in a maritime environment, she also grants the audience an active role in her piece!

In cooperation with the Fondation Nicati-de Luze and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

UA World premiere
DK Danish premiere
Program subject to change




Photo: Laura Stamer


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