SINFONIA CONCERTANTE – THE D.A.R.K. KNIGHTS

Composed in:
2015
Description:
for flute soloist, oboe soloist, horn soloist and bassoon soloist. Orchestra: 1 piccolo/alto flute, 1 english horn, 1 Bb- clarinet/bass clarinet, 1 contrabassoon, 1 horn, 2 trumpets, 2 percussion, strings (8-7-4-4-2); in one movement
Duration:
18 minutes
Publisher:
Commissioned by:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director)
Premiere performance:
3/19/2016 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA
CD recording:

Review:

“ … Similarly, there was nothing routine about Gernot Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds — “The D.A.R.K. Knights,” which opened the concert. A LACO commission, “The D.A.R.K. Knights” refers to the first initials of the score’s featured soloists, David Shostac, flute; Allan Vogel, oboe; Kenneth Munday, bassoon; and Richard Todd, who retired last May after 35 years as LACO’s principal horn. The quartet made a small but potent “round table.”

Wolfgang, who is also a jazz guitarist, often allows players some improvisatory freedom, and there were a few jazzy flourishes in the score’s lively, percussive outer movements. Four lyrical mini-concertos at the heart of the piece proved most captivating, with each of the four soloists displaying a uniquely moody and mysterious sound world. Throughout, Kahane and the orchestra were alert and agile, concluding with a striking string glissando.”

Rick Schultz, Los Angeles Times