SVEND HVIDTFELT NIELSEN (b.1958): Of Princes and Dreams for Sinfonietta, Dance and Detours for Violin and Nonet, In der Abendstille for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon and Harpsichord, Aria and Dance for Solo Violin.
Catalogue Number: 02N081
Description: Dance and Detours is effectively a small, energetic and engaging violin concerto, laid out in the traditional three-movement form, with an insistently rhythmic pulse which underpins much of the music's progress. The solo part strenuously argues for a wider range of expression, providing the work's 'detours' - here into noisy confrontation, there into pained lyricism - sometimes carrying the ensemble along in ambiguously pitched birdlike twittering or dissonant drones, before the lively dance wins out in the end. In the 'twilight' mood pieces it is the harpsichord that attempts to disrupt the delicate atmosphere, with dissonant 'wrong' harmonies. Of Princes is a suite derived from the composer's opera The Little Mermaid, and here the music remains in a more unambiguous, undisturbed tonal idiom, with the same tendencies to break into dance or melody that were encountered in the other pieces, but more uncomplicated here. The five movements of the little violin suite provide a fair summary of the processes in Dances, stripped to their essentials in the expression of a single voice. Helge Slaatto (violin), Randers Chamber Orchestra; David Riddell.