Great reviews for “Tuning, Applause”



Great reviews for the Friday gala concert, where Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, conductor Baldur Bronnimann and many others celebrated Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere (AUT)’s 50th anniversary.


My piece “Tuning, Applause” — a kind of symphonic narrative — was premiered for tuning orchestra, confused conductor, over 50 clapping extras, hidden among the audience, and concert audience.



Politiken: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Music editor Thomas Michelsen writes:


»The avant-garde after the Second World War did what it could to distance itself from everything that was called key and tradition, melody and other things that could be abused, such as the fascists abused among others Beethoven’s music.


Today, the avant-garde is a completely different place. A new generation of young and younger Danish composers use the brain and humour in addition to interactivity, new technology and everything they have learned about the old masters, to twist the tradition so that new experiences arise. Experiences that everyone — including the many invited teenagers who were present at the party concert in the Symphonic Hall on Friday night — can get something out of.«


Read full review: “Den nye avantgarde fejrede sig selv med smadret flygel og masser af blå balloner“ (subscribers only)


Århus Stiftstidende: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Reviewer Andreo Michaelo Mielczarek writes:


»[The arrangers] have done a strong job curating — the surprises were in line. If classical concerts had just 20% of this playful unpretentiousness, they would be so much more fun to attend, and the love relationship between the new music and the audience so much easier to deal with.«


Read full review: “Også flygler har et indre liv”



Jyllands-Posten: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Reviewer Rachel Einarsson writes:


»Obviously, there was first the premiere of Lasse D. Hansen’s “Tuning, Applause”. Here it sounded as if the orchestra was tuning until it dawned on one that the concert was already going on. In an amazing way, an echo of the typical tuning sounds went through the instrument groups, and in the end, Brönnimann magically included the audience’s applause.«


Read full review: “Et smadret klaver imponerede” (subscribers only)



John Christiansen from the blog jcKlassisk writes:


»Lasse D. Hansen (...) unfolded the atmosphere of the orchestra musicians’ tuning their instruments before the concert and what he calls “the uncontrolled, cascading symphonic sea that hides in it”. His work, “Tuning, Applause”, ended with a rather inciting applause, where the conductor, the young Swiss Baldur Brönnimann, conducted the audience’s applause dynamically varied around the hall. Just repeat Lasse D. Hansen’s concert prelude on other, also more traditional occasions. The audience is actively awakened.«


Read full review: “Forfriskende ung tonekunst”



The gala concert was programmed by Allan Gravgaard Madsen, and exciting new works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Simon Steen-Andersen, Mathias Monrad Møller and Rasmus Zwicki were also performed.