There is a dramatic dimension and a narrative perspective in Catharina Backman’s music. She likes using scenic expressions and has also created several musical dramatic works. Event Horizon for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and piano is a musical interpretation of what happens when something approaches the edge of a black hole, the event horizon. At first, when the distance is still great, the object can move freely, but the closer the object comes to the black hole, the stronger the power pulling it towards the centre becomes. Soon it can only move in circles, and not away from the black hole. When it finally passes Event Horizon, it is beyond the point of no return. The power of the black hole is relentless and allows nothing to escape from it. Just a red streak remains.
Catharina Backman’s Event Horizon is accompanied in this concert by Claude Debussy’s dreamily imaginative violin sonata and the suggestive sonata for flute, violin and harp. It was at the request of his publisher that Debussy started what would become one of his last major compositional projects: six sonatas for different instruments. The closing sonata was to combine the instruments he had used in the previous ones. But Debussy’s death prevented completion of the project. The sonata for the cello and piano and the sonatas we hear here were the only works that were completed. As a source of inspiration, Debussy had the French 18th century composers Couperin and Rameau, and he was also strongly influenced by the horrors of the ongoing world war. (See also Tuesday 18.00.)
The two beautifully ornate Arabesques as well as Clair de Lune – Moonlight – from the Suite bergamasque are, unlike the sonatas composed by a young Debussy, performed in harp versions here. The Spanish dance by de Falla is taken from the opera La vida breve, Life is Short, and Smetana’s Moldau from Má Vlast, My Homeland, where we hear how the little watercourses wind through the landscape before they flow together to form the mighty river.
In contrast, Gabriel Fauré’s Impromptu opus 86 was originally written for the harp. The start is somewhat reminiscent of Frédéric Chopin’s arpeggio, but it goes beyond that, as Fauré uses the entire range of expressions of the harp, with powerful glissandos, broad chords and raised clear harmonics.
Live broadcasted by Sveriges Radio P2
Xavier de Maistre © Jean-Baptiste Millot
FRI 21 SEP 6 p.m. Palladium Malmö
Claude Debussy Violin Sonata in G Minor
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, violin; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
Catharina Backman Event Horizon First performance!
Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet; Johnny Teyssier, clarinet; Sebastian Stevensson, bassoon; Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano
Claude Debussy Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Xavier de Maistre, harp; Lise Berthaud, viola; Mathilde Calderini, flute
Gabriel Fauré Impromptu op 86
Claude Debussy Arabesque no 1 E Major L 66
Claude Debussy Arabesque no 2 G Major L 66
Manuel de Falla Spanish Dance no 1
Claude Debussy Clair de lune ur Suite bergamasque
Bedřich Smetana The Moldau from “Má vlast”
Xavier de Maistre, harp
Tickets: 340 SEK; students and children up to and including 17 years of age: 170 SEK
This concert is part of the Festival Package
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