Notes & Reviews:
At just 27 years old, Norwegian guitarist Christina Sandsengen has already established herself as one of the leading European guitarists of her generation.
Her debut release for Odradek pays tribute both to her Scandinavian roots and to the great Iberian guitar tradition, represented by such classics as Francisco Tárrega's Lágrima and Isaac Albéniz's Asturias.
In addition, Sandsengen's program of expressive and colorful 19th and 20th century repertoire features music by two South American mavericks: Nitsuga Mangoré, the self-styled "Paganini of the guitar from the jungles of Paraguay" whose Bachian depiction of a gloomy Cathedral is contrasted with Água e Vinho from the pen of the uniquely creative Brazilian Egberto Gismonti.
Latin flamboyance makes way for a Nordic nocturne in the jazzy Late at Night by legendary Norwegian guitarist Sven Lundestad.
Performed with a deeply lyrical feel for melody and an unerringly virtuosic sense of tension, Sandsengen's recording is an intensely personal statement. As she says: "in hearing it, you know me".
Christina Sandsengen studied classical guitar at the Norwegian Academy of Music and at the Conservatorio Superior de Música "Manuell Castillo" in Spain. After finishing her studies in Norway, she studied with Gérard Abiton in Paris. She has performed at the Norwegian National Opera, in England, Sweden, Turkey, Bolivia, Peru, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, and has participated in many master classes with leading international guitarists, including Eliot Fisk, Aniello Desiderio and Fabio Zanon. Christina performed on Turkish CNN and was recently elected to the board of the Classical Guitar Association of Norway. She is director of "Oslo Gitarskole", Norway's leading school for classical guitar, and regularly gives masterclasses across the globe alongside other top artists from the international guitar scene.