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.
Scandinavian Future: Treasures from the Nordic chamber music repertoire
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.