Two Danish world premieres - Poul Ruders and Hans Abrahamsen

Poul Ruders' Studium: Concerto for 2 percussionsoloists and Orchestra will be world premiered 11 January 2001 by Safri Duo and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard. Hans Abrahamsen's arrangement of Carl Nielsen's Festpraeludium will be world premiered at the same concert.
Poul Ruders writes about his concerto: "As indicated in the Latin title Studium, this concerto is a study or etude for virtuoso percussion and orchestra and a composer’s studium of the meticulous and patient building up a huge structure based on a very tight and sparse material. The title originally means and undertaking done with ardour and the wish to strive for the highest possible goal, a natural aim in any artistic endeavour. The orchestra and the soloists work in a body towards the off-centre placed climax, the technical level of the soloists increasing form ensemble status to stupefying virtuosic display, whereas the orchestra maintains its tightly composed surround-sound. What then happens shall remain a surprise."

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