Interview: Bergen Woodwind Quintet

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
February 4, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — One of the finest quintets of its kind in the world, the Bergen Woodwind Quintet are in the Twin Cities to play a concert this this evening at 7:30 at Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota, as well as to teach some master classes.

Two members of the quintet — Per Hannevold (bassoon) and Ilene Chanon (horn) — joined Alison Young in the studio to talk about what it's like to play in a woodwind ensemble.

One of the things Hannevold and Chanon particularly enjoy about the group is that they think of themselves not as only five instruments, but as millions of instruments because of the many different ways they can blend sounds.

Chanon is an American, and she describes the way she became part of the Norwegian quintet. (And here's an interesting factoid: Alison Young and Ilene Chanon are fellow alumnae and former classmates from the University of Southern California.)

Per Hannevold also describes how the quintet originally formed and how they decided to put together a recording of music by composer David Maslanka.

Listen to the audio to hear the complete interview and music selections.

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