SEBASTIAN FAGERLUND (b. 1972) : Terral (Flute Concerto) (2020—21), 4 Strings to the Bone (2014 —15), Chamber Symphony (2020—21). Sharon Bezaly, flute; Tapiola Sinfonietta; John Storgårds conductor
Catalogue Number: 05Y034
Description: Sebastian Fagerlund’s orchestral music, which has held a central position in his work, is known for its pounding rhythmic energy and the quiet, gripping intensity of the more static passages. Here is another example of his characteristic style, in music of massive momentum and rhythmic drive, monumentality and irrepressible force, in an accessible, very tonal idiom. The flute concerto ‘Terral’ was written in close collaboration with Sharon Bezaly. Referring to a land breeze in Spain, ‘Terral’ is like a constant variation in a transparent and airy soundscape reminiscent of the soil taking on a new appearance when blown by the wind. Strings to the Bone for string orchestra features Fagerlund’s typically intense and virtuosic writing as well as elements of the musical heritage of Ostrobothnia. Finally, the Chamber Symphony came into existence thanks to his collaboration with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Ottawa-based National Arts Centre Orchestra, where John Storgårds has been principal guest conductor since 2015. According to the Finnish daily Hufvudstadsbladet, this work shows “a thematically consistent symphonic construction with an authentic symphonic tension integrated into the dramaturgical gesture”.