The string quintet op. 78 by Paavo Heininen was commissioned for the 2001 Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and premiered by the Danel Quartet with Roi Ruottinen at Kuhmo last July.
Unlike Heininen’s earlier works for chamber ensemble the quintet is, in the composer’s own words, written for a single instrument, as it were. It continues in the same calm, lyrical, meditative vein as the violin concerto (1999), a mood that also pervades the fourth piano concerto now nearing completion. The quintet breaks with the conventional generic mould in other ways, too, tracing long sections for a solo instrument, for example.
In the opening movement, Punctus, there is considerable distance between the musical strands, thereby enhancing the independence and airy polyphony of the various instruments. The second movement, Ludus, is quick, quiet and light, or as Heininen puts it, it has “tranquillity shrouded in gentle, misty rainfall”. The quintet ends with a slow movement titled Cantus.
- Fimic 2002 Instrumentation
2vln, vla, 2vlc Category
Chamber Works Premiere
Danel Quartet, Roi Ruottinen, cello, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Kuhmo, 29 July 2001. Movements
1. Punctus: Affettuoso ed espressivo, 2. Ludus: Vivacissimo, leggiero, 3. Cantus: Largo appassionato Commisioned by / dedications
Commissioned by the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.
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