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Nordic cello concertos - works Per Norgard, Arne Nordheim; Kaija Saariaho / Jakob Kullberg, cello

Album Summary

>Norgård, Per : Concerto for Cello no 2 "Momentum"
>Nordheim, Arne : Tenebrae, for cello & orchestra
>Saariaho, Kaija : Amers, for cello & electro-acoustic ensemble
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Karol Szymanowski Music Academy, Katowice.



Reviews

Extremely contemporary Nordic cello concertos
On this recording are performances of three contemporary cello concertos. The first is the title track Momentum (Cello Concerto No. 2) composed in 2009 by Norgard and dedicated to Jakob Kullberg. Unfortunately, the piece was a bit too fractured for me, descending into what I refer to as my noise threshold. I just didn’t get it. However, I do have one or two friends that I am sure would have loved it because it is so different and off the beaten path.

I found the second piece, Nordheim’s Tenenbrae (compsed in 1982) to be much more approachable. Commissioned by Rostropovich, the work has an easy to hear relationship between the isolation expressed by the cello and the also-named Roman Catholic service, as detailed in the liner notes. Those unfamiliar with this can also approach this work as though they were listening to the soundtrack to a science fiction movie – there is indeed some depth here.

The third and final piece is Saariaho’s Amers (composed in 1992). It features electronic sounds that add to the unusual quality of the work, which starts with a somewhat uneasy ethereal line from the cello and then the orchestra, continuing into a strangely see-saw rhythm mixed with tentative music. On the whole, I thought the piece was interesting, but I really don’t have the desire to hear it again either.

So this CD was a bit of a miss for me. I was intrigued by the Tenenbrae, but I’m afraid that this disc won’t be spending much time in my CD player. Those that really enjoy contemporary works may find it worth their time, but those that don’t gravitate to such music might be better off looking elsewhere.

Submitted on 01/02/13 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Per Norgård (Composer) (1932 - ) : Concerto for Cello no 2 "Momentum"
  • Performer: Jakob Kullberg (Cello)
  • Conductor: Szymon Bywalec
  • Ensemble: New Music Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009

>Nordheim, Arne : Tenebrae, for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Jakob Kullberg (Cello)
  • Conductor: Szymon Bywalec
  • Running Time: 25 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Saariaho, Kaija : Amers, for cello & electro-acoustic ensemble
  • Performer: Jakob Kullberg (Cello)
  • Conductor: Szymon Bywalec
  • Running Time: 20 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1992