Dance with the Devil


Jacques Ibert Trois pièces brèves
Eurico Carrapatoso        Five Elegies op. 11
 Franz Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1


Dmitri Shostakovich  Suite for the Woodwind Quintet
(Galop from Limpid Stream, Romance from Gadfly, Waltz No. 2 from “The First Echelon”)
Ferenc Farkas  Early Hungarian Dances
Bela Bartók  Romanian Folk Dances
Franz Liszt  Grandes Études de Paganini, No. 6

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. The numerous Transylvanian folk songs in the works of Bartók und Farkas lend wings to the idea Count Dracula himself shakes a leg while hearing these witty melodies.

Even the often depressive-acting Shostakovich could not resist the  ease and humor while writing his dance music. And then there is Liszt with his Paganini variations and his Mephisto Waltz … mesmerizing, demanding, colorful and devilishly virtuosic! It can’t get better than this!

Mephisto Series, Ep. 1

Mephisto Series, Ep. 2

Mephisto Series, Ep. 3

Inspired by Mozart and the Nature


Herman D. Koppel      Sonatina
Carl Nielsen      Quintet op. 43


Pēteris Vasks    Music for the Fleeting Birds
Wolfgang A. Mozart   Serenade No. 11 in E-flat major

“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 wonderfully arranged by the CARION-hornist David M.A.P Palmquist in the second half.

Even the best well-know Latvian composer, Pēteris Vasks, finds the approach for his woodwind quintet Music for Fleeting Birds in Mozart while the worth exploring Danish composer Herman D. Koppel was influenced by Nielsen. Moreover the nordic composers Nielsen, Vasks und Koppel are connected by their love and inspiration for the huge and vast landscape around the Baltic Sea as the source of their musical fantasy.

Envision the Drama


György Ligeti   Six Bagatelles
Dmitri Schostakovich     SchauSPIEL Suite
Jacques Ibert   Trois pièces brèves
Ludwig van Beethoven    Quintet op. 103
Ferenc Liszt    Grandes Etudes de Paganini, No. 6

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!

SchauSPIEL continues impressing both critics and audiences far and wide, now also available as a DVD release.

”When looking at the musical score, you can see the architecture of the piece revealed to the last detail, except here you don’t have to read it, CARION does it for you splendidly. They create images in your mind and, using a bit of fantasy, you are able to create your own little stage play…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 their moves.”

Deutschland Radio, 18.12.2013