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Nielsen Wind Quintet

“It is five instruments in conversation with one another,” said Carl Nielsen himself of his frequently played and beloved Wind Quintet. Konserthuset Stockholm’s former programme director, Mats Engström, and former horn player of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Ib Lanzky-Otto, present a thought-provoking introduction.

Carl Nielsen is Denmark’s best known and most frequently played composer. In 2015, he and Jean Sibelius both turned 150 years old, which was celebrated with a huge festival at Konserthuset Stockholm. In addition to all the symphonies of both masters, a number of chamber music pieces were also performed during the year, including Nielsen’s beloved Wind Quintet, which he personally emphasised “cannot be played without a great sense of nature”.

The video begins with a very interesting introduction to the quintet by Nielsen expert and Konserthuset’s former programme director Mats Engström, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s former horn player Ib Lansky-Otto, whose father, Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto, studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and had many conversations with Nielsen. 

The piece is performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet: Andreas Alin flute, Jesper Harryson oboe, Hermann Stefánsson clarinet, Jens-Christoph Lemke bassoon and Kristofer Öberg french horn.

  • The music

  • Carl Nielsen Wind Quintet op. 43
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Mats Engström
  • Ib Lanzky-Otto
  • Recording from February 2015.
  • The video is approximately 35 minutes.
  • Subtitles in English or Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.
  • With support from the Friends of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.