Wim Henderickx’s Inspirational “SUTRA” Clarinet Concerto
Annelien Van Wauwe had the privilege to premiere Wim Henderickx’s remarkable basset clarinet concerto “SUTRA.” The concerto, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, is an exploration of music’s transcendental dimensions. “SUTRA” is dedicated to her, consisting of four parts: “Pranayama” (breath of life), “Dhyana” (meditation), “Dharana” (mind concentration), and “Samadhi” (intense spiritual union). It pushes the boundaries of a traditional concerto, with electronics enhancing the connection between the orchestra and the soloist, enveloping the audience in an immersive musical journey.
The title “SUTRA” draws inspiration from the Yoga Sutras, foundational scriptures of yoga expounded by Patanjali Maharishi. Just as these sutras thread together the science of yoga, Henderickx’s composition weaves intricate musical elements. The concerto transcends the typical soloist-orchestra dialogue, fostering a profound connection between performers and listeners.
Annelien has recorded Wim Henderickx’s “SUTRA” concerto alongside Mozart’s timeless masterpiece for her album “FLOW” with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover under the baton of Andrew Manze, released by Pentatone in 2022.
Chamber Music and Yoga Workshops
In collaboration with the CAROUSEL Chamber Music Ensemble, Annelien presents chamber music programs such as ‘Breath of life and FLOW‘ inspired by Henderickx’s legacy. As a certified yoga teacher, Annelien also offers a unique musical breathing meditation workshop that combines yoga breathing techniques with live excerpts from “SUTRA,” creating a harmonious blend of music and mindfulness.