Christina Åstrand plays Danish romances from upcoming release in DR Koncertsalen and on Danish Radio P2
On her upcoming release Romance violinist Christina Åstrand is presenting rarely heard Danish violin works from the decades around the turn of the 20th century. On 22 November she is to perform a selection of the works from the album at a concert in DR Koncertsalen, which will be broadcast live on Danish Radio P2.
Christina Åstrand's new album Romance will be released on 20 November and brings together a personal selection of rarely heard Danish violin romances, recorded by Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Åstrand herself conducted by Jukka Iisakkila.
On 22 November at 11.00 Christina Åstrand and pianist Per Salo will play a selection of these romances for violin and piano at a concert in DR Koncertsalen, which will also be broadcast live at Danish Radio P2. Together, the two musicians form Duo Åstrand/Salo, one of Denmark's leading chamber ensembles, and at the concert they will perform a repertoire which brings us close to the romantic soul of the singing violin.
The period around the turn of the century was a star moment for the violin, where several Danish composers created a marvellous repertoire of short, melodic pieces for the violin. At the concert the duo will present works by August Enna and Niels W. Gade as well as romances by Carl Nielsen and Ludolf Nielsen from this period.
These works are all to be found on the upcoming album, together with Otto Malling's Koncertfantasi (Concerto Fantasy) and romances by P.E. Lange-Müller, Louis Glass and Johan Svendsen - works from a time when the violin sang like never before or since.