Der Wind bläset wo
Christine Christiansen, Jyllands
Posten, 30th of April 2011
Benieth our own skies
Søren Schauser, Berlingske
Tidende, 30th of April 2011
The music bloweth where
Jakob Holm, Kristeligt Dagblad, 3rd of May, 2011
Rachel Einarsson, Jyllands Posten 30/11 '10
Liebesbriefe for sinfonietta and three soloists
Then a short break, then
Late Night Contemporary with Århus Sinfonietta.
Ole Straarup, Århus Stiftstidende 24/9 '10
Search for beauty
Dietholt Zerweck, Esslinger Zeitung 25/7 ‘06
Danish primeval field
Susanne Benda, Stuttgarter Nachrichten 25/7 ‘06
A pianist, with cluster chords and energy paves
the way through extremes of orchestral colour. A violinist with
the scenery of momentary glass-tones swarms around the silvery light
of the moon. And a rapper that blasts such powerful interjections
that a whole orchestra begins to simmer and boil. These are three
moments from RSO Stuttgart’s concert in Theaterhaus with Jonathon
Stockhammer on the podium.
Stefan Kister, Stuttgarter Zeitung 25/7 ‘06
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta... There is so much energi in the new orchestra piece ”Königswinter” by 36 year old composer Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen [...] After the concert on Sunday in the Danish Radio Concert Hall, he is likely to be one of Denmarks most thrilling composers. This evenings few listeners got everything the heart and brain could wish for: Rhythms that kept going for a suitable amount of time. Melodies that stopped in time. And so on. The fact that the Five Danish Chamber Ensembles repeated the performance was almost marvellous. On the other hand, it didn’t get substantially better the second time. You felt the weakness of the constellation of ensembles, which usually don’t play together. But my sincere gratitude to all of the involved. My gratitude for “Königswinter”.
Søren H. Schauser, Berlingske Tidende 31/5 '05
“She asks questions that make him feel unsure, Afterwards, in bed, she makes him feel sure again.” This is the tragic story of Marlis and Viktor, She has recently been in mortal danger. He saved her. Now they are driving round in the south of France – Aix en Provence, Antibes, Avignon .. to make love and be cultural so to say. But the illusions slowly fall. And one day it goes so badly that we only hear Viktor’s version of events. It is his memories that are projected up on the hall’s enormous thought-screen. It is his thoughts that poet Thomas Krogsbøl recites. And it is his feelings that Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen has set to music. The latter is the best – these dreamy glasslike tones, umba rhythms that cut into your heart. You could go on and on (….). The women in the audience laugh and they laugh aloud at all of us men and our need for small, stupid affirmations.
Søren Hallundbæk Schauser, Berlingske Tidende 21.4. ‘04
A well-polished bombardment of the senses
Lars Wredstrøm, Børsen 20/4 ’04
Sketch of a fate
Ida Hvidt, Kristeligt Dagblad 21/4 ’04
It is no wonder that Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen has fallen for Frisch’s discreet, distant multiple layers of meaning. That is well understood when you hear the new portrait release by dacapo that coincides with the premiere of ”Viktors Golgotha”. Apart from the earlier “Die himmlischen Heerscharen” whose ghost-like nostalgia must have been inspired by Bent Sørensen, most of the works bear his characteristic fingerprint; a raw, edgy, abrupt surface that, with its often drastic tonal inventiveness, covers a depth of subtlety. ”All as one” is pure comedy, a zoo where the animals are set free amongst each other in an unreconcilable cauldron of different voices. The humour is harsher in ”Tonkraftwerk” a monster of pumping, stumbling and creaking machinery that occasionally quietens into a balmy dusk. The last of two ”Dedications” for piano trio is like a child that steadfastly refuses to follow that grown-ups rules, “Zwei Zwölftontänze” for piano flirts with jazz “Von Schwelle zu Schwelle” are four, delicate, colourfully expressionistic songs.
Jan Jacoby, Politiken 20/4 ’04
With its subtitle ”A collage of memory” Viktor’s Golgotha is a theatrical production of Max Frisch’s fine novel ”Sketch of an accident”, beautifully translated by the composer Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen. The 35 year old composer has reflected upon a psychologically well-described everyday drama with a sensitivity for its subterranean pain and mildly ironic distance. With seven string instruments and two percussionists that make use of specially made lyre instruments embued with a heavenly tones of sunshine, rustling leaves and sub-tropical well-being. The music sways between a relaxed sense of peace and dissonant stomach knotting. It can be pure atmosphere and an emotional foundation of sound but it can also be talkative, gesticulating, impatiently inquisitive and appealing. Sometimes it sticks like a burr to the reader’s words and becomes a lump in the throat.
Jan Jacoby, Politiken 20/4 ’04
WRITINGS (only in Danish)
July: delivery of the last part of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
Season 2012/13: The Danish String Quartet plays "Plappergeister"
May: Aarhus Symphony Orchestra plays "Der
Wind bläset wo er will" with video by Ane Mette Ruge. Conductor
if possible: John Storgårds
New piece for Voz Nueva
6th String Quartet for Quartetto di Cremona. First performance on a tour to Denmark in autumn 2013
Quartetto di Cremona will begin recording the string quartets n° 4, 5 and 6 for the Dacapo Records