Mogens Dahl Kammerkor. Photo: Ole Chistiansen.
Toke Møldrup (33) has won several international competitions and given concerts in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Musikverein and the Berlin Konzerthaus. The celebrated conductors with whom he has collaborated include Aldo Ceccato, Sanntu Rouvall, Thomas Søndergård and Joshua Weilerstein, and the festivals at which he has participated include the Bergen International Festival, the Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival, Monte Carlo Spring Arts Festival and Oberstdorf Musiksommer. The composers Simon Steen-Andersen, Anders Koppel, Per Nørgård, Kasper Rofelt, Christian Winther Christensen and Geoffrey Gordon have all dedicated works to him, the last a cello concerto which he has recently premiered. Toke Møldrup is currently principal cellist with the Copenhagen Phil and lectures at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
Sven-David Sandström from Sweden is a prominent composer committed to furthering and renewing the Nordic vocal tradition, of which he is a strong representative. He has made his mark with several major sacred choral works, most recently a St Matthew Passion, which was performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in spring 2014. He received the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1984. Over the years he has moved towards a neo-romantic style which is perfectly suited to the transparent but rich Nordic timbral universe of Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and its conductor Mogens Dahl, to whom Sandström has dedicated works before.
Tomas Tranströmer, also from Sweden, was awarded the Nobel Literature Prize in 2010 because, as the jury pointed out, ‘through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.’ He has a unique ability to interpret the experiences of the individual in Nordic everyday life while at the same time hitting a universal nerve, so that it is equally understood on the other side of the world. Tranströmer’s poetry has been translated into over sixty languages. The combination of his flowing musicality and his ability to condense the life experiences of contemporary Nordic people into concise poetic images makes a selection of his poems a fantastic starting point for Sven-David Sandström’s Nordic Mass.