Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has included Kvandal’s Quintet op. 34 (1971) on their permanent repertoire, together with works by Aho, Vasks and Nielsen. They compare the work with Shostakovich.
The 45th Spellemann Award took place on Saturday 28th January 2017. Ingfrid Breie Nyhus and Åshild Breie Nyhus were nominated for the record «Halvorsen – Kvandal – Nyhus». Fragaria Vesca was nominated for the record «David Monrad Johansen: Chamber Music». Music by father and son!
The Dutch ensemble De Bezetting Speelt has discovered Quintet for Hardanger fiddle and string quartet, op. 50 (1978). With the 2012- 13 concert series Nordic Light and Scandinavian Innovators, De Bezetting Speelt aims to put spotlight on Nordic treasures from the chamber music repertoire. The work is again on the ensemble´s programme for 2017.
A keyword for the concert series is ‘Scandinavian future’, and the hardanger fiddle quintet by Kvandal is emphasized as one of few classical, complex works composed for this unique folk music instrument. The ensemble has performed the quintet on numerous occasions in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and other main Dutch cities, most recently in December 2013. On the programme is also works by Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius.
Listen to the work on De Bezetting Speelt’s channel on Youtube.
The horn piece Hymn Tune (Salmetone) op. 68 opened Wind Classics concert at London A Cappella Festival.
Monday 17 October David og Julie Coucheron held their Carnegie Hall debut concert. Billed as “David and Julie” and just as fresh-faced as the young Eisenhower couple was in the early 1970’s, the Coucheron siblings offered a challenging program of Norwegian music from the familiar to the exotic to the controversial.
Berlin Philharmonic soloist performed Kvandal at the Two Moors Festival in Devon, England.
Nathalie Hippel-Laabs has done her doctoral degree on Johan Kvandal`s life and music at the University of Münster in Germany. She has done a biographical-analytical study with special attention to Kvandal´s free modern tonality.