HCA NEWS Concert of Fairytales with Ensemble Nordlys

As the only chamber group involved in the celebration of the bicentenary of H.C. Andersen's birth in 2005, Ensemble Nordlys (Northern Lights) contributes with a concert focusing on the poet's close association with the musical world - then and now.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 25 February 2004

It is hard to think of another writer who has been so involved with musical circles and inspired so many composers as Hans Christian Andersen. His vast circle of acquaintances includes some of the very best composers of his time both from Denmark and abroad.

Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, and Niels W. Gade, just to mention a few, counted among his friends, and Andersen collaborated with several of them. Even after his death, his wonderful fairytales continue to inspire numerous composers from around the globe.

To mark the occasion, Ensemble Nordlys presents a chamber concert with music by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Gade - all of whom were acquainted with Andersen - as well as four short pieces written for the occasion by Danish and foreign composers. The four new compositions are all inspired by the oeuvre of H.C. Andersen.

A narrator might be added to the project to read aloud from the fairytales, to comment on the historical background as well as to clarify the ideas and thoughts behind the new compositions.

Ensemble Nordlys consists of four musicians: Christine Pryn (violin), Jolson Oshiro (clarinet), Frederik Waage (cello) and Joachim Olsson (piano). The concert is well suited for a variety of concert venues and is being proposed to small and large concert halls, chamber music associations, churches, libraries, museums etc. At the time of writing, concert tours to Ireland, the Baltic countries and Poland have been arranged while several others are in the planning stage.

Since the début in 1997, Ensemble Nordlys has given concerts in numerous venues, including in the Radio Hall in Copenhagen, the Otto Braun Saal in Berlin, the Cracow Philharmonic Hall and the Art Museum in Reykyavik. Last year Ensemble Nordlys represented Denmark at the international EU Music Festival in the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall.

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