Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet with Kvandal on tour programme for 2018

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.

– Very much like Shostakovich, if he had composed a wind quintet, says the quintet about the work.

The quintet has toured with the work in the US and Europe for the 2016- 2017 season.  It is still going strong on the program for 2018, this time together with giants like Hindemith and Nielsen!

The first concert which included Wind Quintet op. 34 was called Northern Lights: Music for wind quintet from Scandinavia and the Baltic region.  The work has been on the program for the 2016- 2017 season, and is performed together with works by Reicha, Haas and Bohuslav Foerster. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet also performed the work at Festival d’ Aix-en-Provence in France in partnership with the Vanderbilt Music Academy. Recently, they have toured USA with the work.

 The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet was founded in 1988 in the era of Herbert von Karajan. The ensemble received musical inspiration from the extremely productive and influential partnerships with artists such as Carlos Kleiber, Leonard Amber or Daniel Barenboim, but especially with the conductors Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. Audience and critics agree that the ensemble has managed to preserve and redefine the sound of the classic quintet.