AMPAG, Australian Chamber Orchestra Australian Chamber Orchestra:Nordic Noir

Nordic Noir

December 2020

Wed 02 

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Melbourne Recital Hall



Is it the lush melodies and the way the music can evoke landscapes rich with extremes? Is it the way the past influences and infiltrates the present, whether in folk melodies repurposed or nods to composers past?

In a program that ranges from Iceland and Finland to Denmark and Norway, with a diversion to the outlier, Latvia, Sibelius’sAndante Festivo and Grieg’s Erotikk bring an elegant, sometimes sombre romanticism to the fore, while arrangements of traditional Danish folks songs offer something playful and joyful. 

Excitingly, there is the Australian premiere of Illumine by one of this century’s most electrifying talents, Iceland’s Anna Thorvaldsdottir, who balances subtle sounds within ruggedly grand musical landscapes.

On a more intimate, but hardly less dramatic, scale will be Maxime Bibeau’s solo double bass tour-de-force in Vasks’Bass Trip which amplifies the Latvian composer’s own background as a double bass player, while the free fantasies of Rautavaara’sThe Fiddlers reconnects contemporary Finland with its folk roots.