- 5 Star performance BBC Music Magazine
- exceptional blend Gramaphone
- best classical album of 2015! iTunes
- strong soloists and festive, live ensemble Danish Radio P2
- discographic sensation – highly recommended! Klassik.com
- These young players are just the best there is! Sir James Galway
- It irresistibly makes you want for more Deutschland Radio
- CARION is very, very good Fanfare Magazine
- it makes you want for more NDR Kultur
Who are we?
The prize-winning Danish ensemble has become one of the leading and sought after woodwind quintets in the world today. Carion has developed a truly unique style of performance by incorporating elements of drama, movement and choreography to emphasize the musical ideas. CARION makes visible the architecture of both classical and modern compositions through their engaged music-making. The ensemble achieves this by communicating with one another as well as with the audience. Sometimes a particular facial expression or gesture is all that is required in order to develop fascinating interactions that add to the enjoyment of both listening and “spectating”. CARION toys with this new-found freedom!
What we can do
Dance with the Devil!
The audience fainted at concerts of the „devil violinist“ Niccolò Paganini. Some even claim he has sold his soul to the devil to play masterly as he did. Virtuosity is also the characteristic feature of the woodwind quintet CARION: The perfect mastery of the instruments in connection with the sophisticated stage performance makes the musicians masters of their profession.
It’s the Mephistophelian seduction that runs like a red thread through this programme.
Envision the drama!
They will playfully toy with refined arrangements of masterpieces, making them visible on the stage. The concert-performances of these dynamic young musicians include everything from Shostakovich’s Human Comedy to the virtuoso schauspiel of Niccolò Paganini and Franz Liszt – clear the stage for CARION!
Inspired by Mozart and the Nature!
“What is this wonderful music? Can I come over and listen?”, said Carl Nielsen to his friend Christian Christiansen during a phone conversation back in 1921 when he heard members of the Copenhagen woodwind quintet rehearsing Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds in the background. Inspired by Mozart’s composition he soon decided to write his own work for the five winds, his famous Quintet op. 43. CARION moves between these two poles: Nielsen’s Quintet in the first part of the programme and Mozart’s inspiring Serenade KV 375
Watch and listen
“I haven’t heard anybody else do it quite as markedly. It’s really the most pointedly characterized I’ve heard…”BBC Radio 3
“If everyone approached an anniversary year like Carion and Odradek have here, our listening would be infinitely richer.”Andrew Mellor, Gramophone
“The players, all secure in technique and beautiful in tone, combine with immaculate attack, balance and tuning, as well as a sense of shared purpose. Performance – 5 stars”Anthony Burton, BBC Magazine
“By following in Nielsen’s footsteps, the Ensemble Carion themselves leave big shoes to fill. I only wish other ensembles will follow suit.”Tobias W. Pfleger, Klassik.com
“CARION is very, very good…
One of the most characterful performances of the Nielsen Quintet that I have heard of late.”Ronald E. Grames - Fanfare Magazine
”These young players are just the best there is and I am honored and indeed very lucky to have been given the chance to play with them.”Sir James Galway
“Wind quintet Carion’s latest recording is a discographic sensation. Even though you cannot actually see the musicians – their presentation is so vibrant that you will be swept away by their enthusiasm and expression. Highly recommended!”Tobias W. Pfleger, Klassik.com
“Strong soloists and festive live ensemble!
Our selection for the CD of the week, no question about it.”Danish Radio P2
“Wind music can be so surprisingly
beautiful and diverse!”Art Cobbers, klassik-newsletter.de
“Ensemble CARION is creative and unconventional, but they play on highest technical level. I’m absolutely sure that next time CARION gives a “Schauspiel” performance on stage, I’II be sitting in the first row see and hear it.”Deutschlandradio
“It makes you want for more and irresistibly
invites to a concert.”Ulrike Henningsen, NDR Kultur
“An empty stage. No chairs. No music stands. Nothing. Though one has to see and hear how Carion fills the stage with most exquisit musical components…”Birgit Jürgens, Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung
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