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Las flores del mar de la muerte

Besætning:
Solo violin, 2 fluter, 2 clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 3 french horns, 4 trumpeter, 3 tromboner, tuba, harp, 2 percussion, strings (soolistic eller choric
Year of creation:
1993
Premiered:
1993
Duration:
22
Dedicated to/originally written for:
Commissioned and performed by Sjællands Symfoniorkester/Copenhagen Phil. with support from the Statens Kunstfond. Soloists: Richardo Odriozola
About the work:

Las flores del mar de la muerte – The flowers in Death’s sea. The inspiration is from Gabriel García Márques’ short story Den tabte tids hav – (Lost time’s Sea) which has also resulted in works like the cello solo El mar del tiempo perdido, and the violin solo El mar, las rosas y el sueño perdido . If you have read this short story, the following picture eats its way into your mind: An unbearable stinking and horribly looking town in South America. The death of an old lady. And an under-water dream view of the same woman as a beautiful teenage-girl. She is also dead here, but drifts – like a deep contrast to the present time – effortless, transfigured, and in great beauty along the bottom of the sea with a stream of beautiful flowers following her.

The music in this 2nd violin concerto sways between magic-introvert surfaces and strongly rhythmic – in fact, rather dancing – parts.

Poul Ruders maintained that this concert ought to become a repertoire piece.

 

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Reviews:

Ekspressiv linedans over dødens hav … Mogens Christensen … har i dette værk fundet ny koncentration og enhed.
(Jyllands-Posten)

... varmt og ekspressivt værk med mange billeder og farver, der veksler på overraskende, men tilfredsstillende måde.
(Berlingske Tidende)

… bede med forskellige udtryksfulde klangvirkninger … blide, glidende, vigende … drømmesats, hvor højttalerlyden digter med på den uvirkelige vision. Det var smuk og virkningsfuld musik
(Kristeligt Dagblad)

… musik, hvor snoede linjer og klanglige farveflader driver ind i hinanden, som var det billeder fra en drømmeverden … en klanglig novelle til intime omgivelser.
(Politiken)