SUITE reviewed

This week, the amazing ensemble recherche performed the Danish premiere of my SUITE.

SUITE is a five-movement ensemble piece, which I composed over several years in close collaboration with the ensemble.

At the concert, my SUITE was mirrored by and recomposed in a new piece by composer Morten Riis: Suite for Electro Mechanical Loudspeaker Orchestra.

The accelerando-form in my SUITE was inverted in the recomposition by Morten Riis, and for the concerts at KLANG Festival in Copenhagen and Aarhus, the two pieces were performed as one coherent work alternating between SUITE and Suite one movement at a time.

Henrik Friis, Politiken, November 5th 2020:

“[SUITE] is related to [Gravgaard’s] double concerto, which the Danish National Symphony Orchestra premiered last year, where everything grows out of a very long series of repetitions of a single note. Where the intensity increases and increases, while the movements get shorter and shorter. This gave a unique, dramatic form.

Mads Hæsum Christensen, Seismograf.org, November 4th 2020:

“[SUITE] exists in the extreme registers on the traditional instruments. It was both interesting, fragile and well-sounding …

Just before the Danish first performance of SUITE with ensemble recherche @ KLANG Festival / Photo: Alexander Banck-Petersen
Morten Riis performing on his Electro Mechanical Loudspeaker Orchestra @ KLANG Festival / Photo: Alexander Banck-Petersen