"To bring this year’s Lent Series to a close, I’m returning to a work I first heard a few months ago, during Iceland’s Dark Music Days festival. One of the most memorable works from that week in Reykjavík was Lendh, by Canadian composer and cellist Veronique Vaka."
"This shift in tone in the opening minutes is part of a larger mode of expression that’s one of the most striking and effective aspects of Lendh. Vaka explores and maintains a beautiful balance of tensions, gently – almost gingerly – arranging and pulling at her material to make it taut, even uncomfortable, yet almost before we’ve even noticed it’s happening everything has begun to relax. This is one of the reasons the music comes to resemble the kind of muscular flexing I spoke of before; it undulates and ripples, inhales and exhales, slowly pulsating not simply in dynamic outline but also in terms of density, mass and clarity, the main factors at the heart of the work’s shifting stresses and pressures."
Thank you Simon Cummings (5:4) for writing these beautiful words about Lendh.
The world première of Lendh took place on 31 January 2019 at Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík, performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason , during Myrkir músíkdagar/Dark Music Days