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Bent Sørensen : La Mattina

Work Notes Second piano concerto
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Category Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
Duration 23 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Orchestration 1(pic).2.0.2/2000/str
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Full Score(s) WH31022

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  • Sorensen's voice stands out by virtue of the fact that his goal is a these days unusual quality: beauty.
    Michael Church, The Independent, 30/08/2010
  • Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the orchestra guided the audience into a supreme coloured world of sound, initially as a dim atmosphere in the morning, and later on wandering through imaginary (Nordic?) landscapes, which offered again and again delightful surprises, e.g. a hummed Bach choral or the clicking of wooden sticks. A strong piece!
    Markus Stäbler, Hamburger Abendblatt, 27/08/2010
  • ...striking...
    Martin Kettle, Guardian, 26/08/2010
  • This is a score whose dreamlike material doesn't yield all its secrets on a first hearing.
    Bruce Dessau, London Evening Standard, 26/08/2010
  • Bent Sørensen is a master of moods.
    ***** (5 stars out of 6)

    Jakob Wivel, Børsen, 07/06/2010
  • A Danish masterpiece. The word is ”breathtaking”.
    ****** (6 stars)

    Søren Schauser, Berlingske Tidende, 05/06/2010
  • Once again Sørensen has managed to carefully, however radically, challenge the most classical forms in a way few other Danish composers can do – while still communicating his ideas in the form of deeply poetic and entirely accesible music.
    ***** (5 stars out of 6)

    Henrik Friis, Politiken, 05/06/2010
  • One of those musical encounters where the music remains in the body long after the applause has died.
    Brita Skogly Kraglund, Vårt land, tue, 13/10/2009
  • Bent Sørensen’s tonal universe is truly original.
    Tori Skrede, VG, 12/10/2009


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