Music nipped by the frost

The strings crackle, the percussions rattle, the winds play long, icy notes (...) The new work composed by German Joachim F.W. Schneider for the Kymi Sinfonietta is like a description of the frozen north.

But all of a sudden, amid the cold, a swinging drum comp bursts in, and for a moment the winds play as merrily as at an open-air concert in summer. Schneider’s work Stretto, Variationen in Tempo und Textur begins to show its real face.

The composer is the winner of last autumn’s Klami Competition. Back then he said he worked as a sculptor would. And he has indeed sculpted a figurine from within which the musical ideas seem unceasingly to force their way out. The listener instinctively tries to find something familiar among them.

So what does the listener get from the music? Somewhere in the inner recesses of the mind Schneider’s composition continues its work, and if you hear it a second time, you may perhaps become aware of something new – above all that the ideas continue their endless transformation.


The orchestra gave a fine performance of both the Schneider and the Aho (...) Yasuo Shinozaki seemed to be at his best conducting new music.

Ari Helander (KOUVOLAN SANOMAT, 6 February 2010)

Translation: Susan Sinisalo


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