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Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Romance for Strings in C major, Op. 42
>Vasks, Peteris : Musica dolorosa, for string orchestra
>Grieg, Edvard : Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34
>Nielsen, Carl : Little Suite for Strings in A minor, FS 6/Op. 1
>Kalsons, Romualds : Concerto for Clarinet
>Larsson, Lars-Erik : Pastoral Suite, for orchestra, Op. 19
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording of the clarinet concerto by Romuald Kalsons is, at the moment, the only one on the CD market. Similarly, Carl Nielsen's Suite for string orchestra, Op. 1 exists rarely on today's concert platforms, or even on recordings. Claus Efland is an exclusive artist with Challenge Classics. He regards himself as an ambassador of music from his native Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia. A major artistic goal is to bring the distinctive musical language of Nordic composers to a wider audience. This is especially true of the music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, which exerted a formative influence on Efland's musical passions. Sinfonietta Riga is a professional chamber orchestra based in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It was established in 2006 as a state orchestra and currently resides at Spikeri Concert Hall, one of the most creative venues of Riga. Although it is a relatively new orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga demonstrates great professionalism and performs sophisticated concert programs, continuously expanding its creative horizons. The 34 young, passionate, and talented members of Sinfonietta Riga also enjoy performing solo and with various chamber music groups and ensembles.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reformation Church, Riga (Latvia) (05/15/2013-05/18/2013).



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>Sibelius, Jean : Romance for Strings in C major, Op. 42
  • Conductor: Claus Efland
  • Notes: Reformation Church, Riga (Latvia) (05/15/2013-05/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Vasks, Peteris : Musica dolorosa, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Claus Efland
  • Notes: Reformation Church, Riga (Latvia) (05/15/2013-05/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Grieg, Edvard : Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34
  • Conductor: Claus Efland
  • Notes: Reformation Church, Riga (Latvia) (05/15/2013-05/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Nielsen, Carl : Little Suite for Strings in A minor, FS 6/Op. 1
  • Conductor: Claus Efland
  • Notes: Reformation Church, Riga (Latvia) (05/15/2013-05/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Kalsons, Romualds : Concerto for Clarinet
  • Performer: Egils Sefers (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Claus Efland
  • Notes: Reformation Church, Riga (Latvia) (05/15/2013-05/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1982

>Larsson, Lars-Erik : Pastoral Suite, for orchestra, Op. 19 :: Romance
  • Conductor: Claus Efland
  • Notes: Reformation Church, Riga (Latvia) (05/15/2013-05/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938