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Britta Byström

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Der Vogel der Nacht (2010)
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
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Britta Byström Der Vogel der Nacht (2010)

  • 06 FEB 2015
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
    Xian Zhang, conductor
  • 05 FEB 2015
    Göteborgs Koncerthus, Göteborg, Sweden
    Goteborg Symfoniker
    Xian Zhang, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 February - Göteborgs Koncerthus, Göteborg, Sweden
  • 25 MAY 2012
    Der Vogel der Nacht Country Premiere
    Jena, Germany
    Jenaer Philharmonie
    Catherine Rückwardt, conductor
  • 18 DEC 2011
    Der Vogel der Nacht Country Premiere
    Köln Philharmonie, Germany
    Paul Daniel, conductor

    Other Dates:
    19,20 December - Köln Philharmonie, Germany
  • 18 NOV 2011
    Köln, Germany
    Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
    Paul Daniel, conductor

    Other Dates:
    19,20 November - Köln, Germany
  • 25 AUG 2010
    Der Vogel der Nacht World Premiere
    Berwaldhallen, Stockholm
    Sveriges Radio Symfonieorkester
    Monica Groop; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

As so often with Byström, the brighter tones dominate, however they are more tightly applied than usual.
Thomas Anderberg,,8/27/2010
A floating sound which is inspired again and again by suddenly appearing scales, reminiscent of bubbles rising in light-filled transparent water. The Swedish composer Britta Byström named her work "Der Vogel der Nacht" and wrote it for the Baltic Sea Festival. It is an overture to Mahler Symphony No 3, which will be performed at the same concert, and, according to the composer, a work that reflects on sounds of nature: "Mahler's Third is an incredibly rich work. The famous oboe theme from the 4th movement inspired my composition. Within the manuscript score Mahler annotated “Vogel der Nacht”. It is a quote from a Hölderlin poem. I was less interested in the motive itself but in the idea of a misfortune (Unglücksrabe) appearing over and over again with the message ‘never again’.” Byström is one of four Swedish composers, of a younger generation, who have received commissions for new works reflecting on existing orchestral repertoire by composers such as Chopin, Prokofiev and Pärt.
Agnes Bührig,,1/1/0001
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