Vagn Holmboe: Chamber Symphonies
01 December 2012
Finnish Music Quarterly
The fate of lesser known composers is to be described with references to better known composers. A good example of this is the Danish composer Vagn Holmboe (1909-96), whose style has been compared to Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Based on his chamber symphonies I would also add Kalevi Aho to the list, because his soundscapes and contrapuntal thinking are close to the Dane 's.
Whenever there is talk of Holmboe, there is talk of his metamorphosis technique - and that can be clearly heard in the first two chamber symphonies.The pieces start growing from small beginnings and transform as they progress .The third symphony is more like a series of small character pieces.The Lapland Chamber Orchestra led by John Storgards once again shows that it is an unbeatably sensitive interpreter of new music.