Remember back in 2020, when Malin Broman recorded and performed ALL eight parts of the final movement of Mendelssohn Octet? (Yes, even the fiendishly difficult second cello solo that opens the movement)

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Broman is back with a new piece written for her by composer Britta Byström. Premiered at Berwaldhallen during the Baltic Sea Festival on 10 September, the work is inspired by mirror rooms by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The work features a quote from A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, ’There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind’, reflecting the creative output of musicians despite the restrictions that have been in place throughout the pandemic.

Broman plays all eight individual parts in the piece. In preparation of the performance, she said, ’There are a lot of small details that are looped. My children went crazy when I was practising all eight parts’.

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