AGNETHE CHRISTENSEN, contralto Melangell - TEIT KANSTRUP, baritone Prince of Brochwell - BENTE VIST, soprano - JAKOB SKJOLDBORG, tenor - KUNO KJÆRBYE, violin - IDA BACH JENSEN, contrabass - ANDERS HVIDBERG-HANSEN, percussion - HANNE TOFTE JESPERSEN, piano, alto
|The Testimony of Melangell is a magical story – a journey in music into ancient Celtic mythology - with voices, violin, contrabass, percussion and piano,
staged in a magical clearing of glass, sand, moss, stones, water, lights and paintings.
In the circular setting, the audience forms an integral part of the performance.
4 singers and 4 instrumentalists bring this legend from 500 AD alive - about how the pilgrim Melangell settled as a hermit and mystic in a lonely situated valley in the highlands of Northern Wales - and created peace around her...
Claus Røllum-Larsen reviewed the premiere during the Schubertiade 2011: "ORIGINAL AND VISIONARY MUSIC - ...which one was gradually captured by, and which made up a perfect universe. The performers achieved a condensed athmosphere of almost ritual magic. Not the least Agnethe Christensen's beautifully rounded and strongly formulated soli made a great impression. But it was of course Hanne Tofte Jespersen's desert that the performers had such original and visionary music to perform." Dagbladet 22 August.11
”VERY exciting! The music holds both medieval, renaissance, folk music and the modern
"You really took us on a journey"
The musicians and singers are handpicked for the project and perform as soloists in Denmark and internationally: Agnethe Christensen
in Benjamin Bagby's Sequentia a.o., Teit Kanstrup in Opera on Location a.o., Ida Bach Jensen in both her own cross over projects and others, Bente Vist in numerous first performances of new music,
Kuno Kjærbye with pianist Kirsten Beyer-Karlshøj a.o., Anders Hvidberg-Hansen as percussionist within world music.