Last Wednesday, the Danish Band Efterklang set about reconstructing their “Performing Parades” concert, with the Britten Sinfonia at the London Barbican.
A long awaited and anticipated concert, which put a lot of pressure on the band, to recreated something exceptional.
Hoping for an audience of maybe a 1000 plus – minus, the Barbican was packed with over 1800 people.
And so following a few days intense and hectic practice time, with the Brittan Sinfonia, and as several problems occurred between Efterklangs acoustic/electronic universe and the 20 pieces classical orchestra, the nervous and young talented Danish musicians together with the Sinfonia, managed to reach zenith, as they enthralled and enrapture not only the audience, but also the present music establishment with a marvelous concert.
It was an utterly amazing show, very rare to see something with ambition executed with such style, grace and seeming ease. With charm too. The orchestrations were seamless (nothing lke all that old rock group and orchestra nonsense), did not overshadow the band and enhanced the songs rather than swamping them. I think the rest of the audience agreed. They really were and are at a peak. Bloody great.
– Kieron Tyler music jounalist for Mojo Magazine
Kieron Tyler has also reviewed Efterklangs newly released “Performing Parades” DVD, which was recorded at the 2008 concert with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, and gives it four out of five stars.
Of many beautiful moments, Mimeo stood out, in which a choir rose to a crescendo of military fervour that then fell away and died, to make way for a stark piano section reminiscent of the melancholic reflection of Erik Satie.
– Will Hodgkinson reviewer for The Guardian who has reviewed the concert.
I thought is was absolutely fantastic. Yes fantastic. Not only the music, but also the communication with the audience. It was as though the owned the stage.
– Fiona Talkington programme mamager and producer for the BBC
Rasmus Stolberg the bass player and manager of the band, was very satisfied with the evening and expresses, that he and the band definitely want to try and develop and work with this kind of arrangement again, maybe once a year or so.
Efterklang is currently continuing their travels in Britain, as they have embarked on their autumn tour, which will take them round most of Europe.
You can read more on the Bands on Tour page.
The Guardian (Efterklang concert review)