The rhythmic power of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s No Let Up is relentless. The atmosphere is clearly urban and reveals Turnage’s own jazz background, while the influences of Stravinsky have also never been clearer. And he is not trying to hide them either. In an interview in  which he talks about the music in No Let Up, he frankly states that “Stravinsky has become increasingly important for me over the years”.

Another composer who has had a big influence on Turnage is Johann Sebastian Bach. His English suite was originally written for cembalo and is musically significantly more Italian than English, but sources suggest that it would be composed for a “High-ranking Englishman”.

Bach was an important source of inspiration for Leonard Bernstein, as revealed in the title of Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for jazz bands and solo clarinet, where baroque forms meet jazz. It was written for Woody Herman and his band, but by the time the concert was ready, the band had already disbanded. Instead, it was performed for the first time by Benny Goodman. In connection with the TV broadcast, Bernstein said about Prelude, Fugue and Riffs that “I hope you will feel the special beauty of jazz in the same way I felt it when I wrote the piece.”

In Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg’s Ottoni, it is not Bach that has been the source of inspiration but rather Italian music of the 1600s. It takes the form of a passacaglia that is characterised by a recurring melodic line in the bass harmonies.

Bo Nilsson, the “genius from Malmberget”, was one of the most acclaimed avant-garde composers of the 1950s and 60s, and later made a radical shift to a lyrically romantic tone. Here we hear Mats Bergström’s arrangement for guitar duo of the moving Arctic Romance, originally composed for the piano. It is bookended by music from two of Sweden’s most prominent composers of ballads, Birger Sjöberg and Lillebror Söderlundh, who also composed a wide range of chamber music, including this two-guitar waltz.

A few years after the premiere of West Side Story, Bernstein compiled a suite from the musical and called it Symphonic Dances. It includes all the well-known songs, from the prologue’s confrontation between the New York leagues Jets and Sharks to the big hits like Somewhere, Mambo and Cha-Cha (Maria). Symphonic Dances features a total of nine movements from West Side Story.

/Göran Persson

Photo: Håkan Hardenberger © Marco Borggreve

SAT 22 SEP 6 p.m. Palladium Malmö


Conductor: Håkan Hardenberger

Mark-Anthony Turnage No let up
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 Bach English Suite No 3 BWV 808
Göran Söllscher, guitar; Mats Bergström; guitar

Leonard Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
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Magnus Lindberg Ottoni
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Birger Sjöberg Balen hos apotekaren
Bo Nilsson Arctic romance
Lille Bror Söderlundh Liten vals för två gitarrer
Göran Söllscher, guitar; Mats Bergström, guitar

Leonard Bernstein Symphonic dances from West Side Story
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Tickets: 340 kr; students and children up to and including 17 years of age: 170 kr

This concert is part of the Festival Package