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Rolf Wallin

Publisher: Chester Music

Act (2004)
Commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra
Chester Music Ltd
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
10 Minutes
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Programme Note
Rolf Wallin Act (2004)
Act is a piece about speed, about the joy of activity, and, above all, about the power of acting together. In a time when competition is so highly focused, it is good to be reminded that the most important reason for the success of mankind on this planet is our ability to cooperate. Acting together has been crucial for physically weak and defenceless creatures like us, from the downing of large mammoths to creating the utterly complex societies of today. And the symphonic orchestra is for me one the most amazing examples of human collaboration. A large orchestra consists of around 100 extremely skilled and highly individual musicians, acting together as one enormous, resounding organism, transforming the stiff lines and dots of the score into living and moving, yet ephemeral cathedrals of sound.

While writing Act, I have carried with me the enthusiastic and warm feedback I got from both musicians and audience during the Cleveland Orchestra's performance of my Clarinet Concerto in May 2003. And I have asked myself: How would this huge, wonderful musical organism act inside my mind? During the ten minutes of the piece, I have let the orchestra summon its forces, to try out how they best can cooperate. Then, finally, it obtains a momentum that sends it pulsating into the last collective surges of forwards motion.

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  • Ensemble
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Kroumata Percussion Ensmble
    Martin Grubinger (percussion)
    Jaap van Zweden / John Axelrod / Jukka-Pekka Saraste
  • 01 OCT 2014
    Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
    West Australian Symphony Orchestra
    Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
  • 19 SEP 2014
    Frankfurt/Main, Germany
    Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt
    Lahav Shani, conductor
  • 30 JUL 2014
    Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
    Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
    Lahav Shani, conductor
  • 13 JUN 2013
    Bamberg, Germany
    Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

    Other Dates:
    14 June - Bamberg, Germany
  • 31 JAN 2013
    Rotterdam, Holland
    Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kusten
    Alexander Humula, conductor
  • 24 NOV 2011
    Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Vasily Petrenko, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27 November - Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
    28 November - Konzerthaus Wien, Austria
    29 November - Slovak Natioanl Theatre, Bratislava, Slovakia
    25 November - Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, Norway
    30 November - Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
  • 18 NOV 2010
    Trondheim, Norway
    Trondheim Symfoniorkester
    Eivind Aadland, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 November - Warsaw, Poland
    23 November - Bialystok, Poland
  • 25 SEP 2008
    Trondheim Chamber Music Festival
    Trondheim, Norway
    Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
    Martin Grubinger, percussion; Ingar Bergby, conductor
  • 03 APR 2008
    Konzerthaus Berlin
    Konzerthausorchester Berlin
    Rolf Gupta, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4,5 April - Konzerthaus Berlin
  • 30 JAN 2008
    Directed by Josse de Pauw
    Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Arthur Kisenyi, Actor; Rolf Gupta, conductor

    Other Dates:
    31 January; 2 February - Oslo, Norway
  • 13 SEP 2007
    Trondheim, Norway
    Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
  • 11 AUG 2007
    Bodo, Norway
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

    Other Dates:
    25 August - Stockholm, Sweden
    28 August - Helsinki, Finland
    29 August - Tallin, Estonia
    8 September - Bucharest, Romania
  • 01 FEB 2007
    Act Country Premiere
    Umea, Sweden
    NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra
    Ingar Bergby, conductor
  • 24 JAN 2007
    Domkirke, Kristiansand, Norway
    Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
    Rolf Gupta, conductor

    Other Dates:
    26 January - Kulturhus, Tromsø, Norway
  • 05 OCT 2006
    Oslo, Norway
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 October - Oslo, Norway
  • 26 JAN 2006
    Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway
    Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
    Niklas Willén, conductor
  • 06 OCT 2005
    University Hall, Reykjavik
    Iceland Symphony Orchestra
    Eivind Aadland, conductor
  • 18 MAR 2005
    Bergen Philharmonic European Tour
    Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Litton, conductor
  • 12 MAR 2005
    Wien Konzerthaus, Austria
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Litton, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 March - Kongresshaus Innsbruck, Austria
  • 18 FEB 2005
    The Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Litton, conductor
  • 03 FEB 2005
    Bergen, Norway
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ingar Bergby, conductor
  • 15 OCT 2004
    Act European Premiere
    Ultima Festival
    Oslo Concert House
    Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Christian Eggen, conductor
  • 04 MAR 2004
    Act World Premiere
    Severance Hall, Cleveland, US
    Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5-7 March - Severance Hall, Cleveland, US

'...featuring writing of real virtuosity in which musical ideas are flung around the orchestra, constantly evolving and transforming. Here the brilliance of the score was matched by a scintillating ­performance from the orchestra and, in particular, its percussion section.'
Paul Hopwood, The Australian,03/10/2014
Act was a contemporary classical hit. The audience loved it, and the orchestra played it outstandingly....The highlight of the concert...filled with energy, a complex and genuinely organic sense of development that's engaging both viscerally and emotionally.
Henning Hoholt,,12/05/2011
The concluding work of the evening, Rolf Wallin's Act, was also like a Stravinsky commentary. But where Rebne's concerto was a pale shadow of Stravinsky's tonal language, Wallin's work appeared as a more than worthy commentary on the great Russian.Wallin showed full command over the art of orchestration and timbre, and the musical playfulness with which he treated the musical form is quite unique in a Norwegian context. I'd love to have taken my hat off to him, if it hadn't been blown off my head in one of the rawest performances I've heard the Oslo Philharmonic deliver. In no way was the work a compromise to please the audience, but its unyielding honesty, together with the extraordinary interpretation, showed contemporary music at its best. Hats off, gentlemen, Rolf Wallin's Act will be standing as a standard work in Norwegian orchestral repertoire.
Magnus Andersson,,01/01/0001
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