September 19 2013
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, Conductor
Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland
The first movement opens with sculptural rising and falling scales. Visually the sound may call to mind, say, spirals or ziggurats (temple towers). Brisk music leads to the climax of the movement.
The second movement is slow and sensually melodious and has three interludes of greater timbral melodic action.
The third movement begins very restlessly but towards the climax the tempo gradually begins to accelerate. An oscillating pianissimo murmur ends the movement – and the symphony.
Symphony no. 8 is commissioned by Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and is besides the Orchestra dedicated to the conductor John Storgårds.
Per Nørgård (2012)
melodic and rhytmic transformational processes that recalled Sibelius but with lighter footsteps
Guy Dammann, The Guardian, 11/03/2013
he has a reach as large as any composer now living
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 11/03/2013