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Listen to the whole Bloodhoof online

A musical work that weaves contemporary chamber music with Nordic folk music into a unique dramatic composition. This is how this monodrama, Blodhov, for mezzo-soprano and eight instruments has been described. A rape depiction in a strongly touching chamber music format. Duration, 40 min. Composed by Karin Rehnqvist with Icelandic texts by Gerdur Kristný. Blodhov was performed by Lena Willemark and ensemble research from Freiburg …

Cancelled premieres

Karin Rehnqvist’s work for symphony orchestra and choir, Silent Earth (with lyrics by Kerstin Perski), got its world premiere set in Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. New scheduled date for the performance is now set for January 29, 2022 (!) With The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Choir, with conductor Dima Slobodeniouk. Silent Earth is also scheduled for the Baltic Sea Festival, Stockholm, in August 2020. …

Karin Rehnqvist is awarded the 2019 Järnåker Prize

Established by benefactor Erik Järnåker, the Saltö Foundation has been rewarding important works of chamber music written by Swedish composers since 2009. The 2019 Järnåker Prize is award to composer Karin Rehnqvist for her work entitled Blodhov  (2019). Sweden’s largest chamber music scholarship of 100,000 SEK was handed out on 5 January 2020 at the annual Järnåker concert at Musikaliska Concert Hall in Stockholm, and the work was …

Review: Bloodhoof

In nine movements ”Bloodhoof” tells about the encounter between the god Frey and the giant-woman Gerdúr, two beings living in parallel worlds. Clad in jeans, folk singer Lena Willemark creates, with keen sensitivity, fragments from the life of a woman, filtered through the archetypical rape that wounds her heart, carving an inscription like the stabs of a flint dagger and echoing in her memory like …

– The expression should be strong

December 2019: Karin Rehnqvist is the composer of the month at Gehrman’s music publishing company, Sweden. Here’s how she is presented:Karin Rehnqvist’s music moves in the borderland between folk and art music. She has integrated the ancient female singing technique called kulning into a personal tone language that gave birth to driving classics such as In Heaven’s Hall, where the girl choir surprises with her …

Kronos launches new Fifty for the Future site

Fifty for the Future is the ambitious project initialized by Kronos Quartet to give young musicians free access to contemporary string quartets. The new the site provides a gateway to discover, explore and learn contemporary string quartets composed by 25 women and 25 men from around the world. The free digital learning library currently contains 30 scores and parts, recordings, program notes and supplemental learning …

So Bloodhoof sounds

At the end of May, it was the world premiere of the 42-minute piece Bloodhoof, with music by Karin Rehnqvist and lyrics by Gerdur Kristný – a monodrama for mezzo-soprano and eight instruments. So far, only the premiere audience in Gothenburg’s concert hall that night heard the work. Here is a short excerpt with Lena Willemark, vocals, and ensemble recherche. The lyrics ›

He will conduct Karin’s newest work

Saturday April 18, 2020, the world premiere of Karin Rehnqvist’s newest work – composed for choir and symphony orchestra It is still without a title, and is an order from Eduard van Beinum Foundation for NTR SaturdayMatinee and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; (NTR is a Dutch public-service broadcaster). The first performance takes place in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.Participants are Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Groot Omroepkoor (where …

World Premiere of Bloodhoof

After a long process of testing and composing is finally the latest work by Karin Rehnqvist ready for its first performance. Blodhov/ Bloodhoof will be premiered at the Gothenburg Concert Hall the 24th of May (during the Point Music Festival) – a monodrama for mezzo-soprano and eight instruments. Duration: 42 minutes. The poetry suite, written by the Icelandic poet Gerdur Kristný, has its origins in …

Rehnqvist’s music in a ballet

New Chamber Ballet presented in February 2019 the World Premiere of Sanctum by New York choreographer Miro Magloire. ‘Sanctum’ describes either a sacred place, or a privately secluded one; and the ballet Sanctum vividly evokes both, powerfully brought to life by the music of two outstanding composers: Karin Rehnqvist and Kaija Saariaho. In a rare collaboration, New Chamber Ballet joins forces with the stunning singers …