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Busy Bees and Birds: Works for recorder by Mogens Christensen (b.1955) / Pernille Petersen, recorder; Per Palsson, guitar; Bjarke Mogensen, accordion

Album Summary

>Christensen, Mogens : Feuerspiegel, for recorder & accordion
>Christensen, Mogens : Nocturnal Birds
>Christensen, Mogens : Dansebagateller, for recorder & guitar
>Christensen, Mogens : Busy Bees and Birds, for recorder & string quartet
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Danish composer Mogens Christensen (b. 1955) is known for his exquisite sense of tone color and for his unusual inspirational sources, found in dreams, astrology and natural phenomena. The title work of this CD, Busy Bees and Birds, explores the fascinating sound world of a lively beehive juxtaposed with fabulating birdsong, while his cycle Nocturnal Birds invites the listener to share the experience of atmospheric nightly birdsong through all four seasons - and through a timeless kaleidoscope of acoustic and electronic sounds around recorder soloist Pernille Petersen.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Mogens Christensen's record of works for recorders, accordion, and guitar is very aptly titled "Busy Bees and Birds". The music is light and quick, with passages of longer held tones and passages of pointillistic textures. With no real bass instrument, the upper register is privileged. Melodies meander through different keys or modes, seldom settling down. There is clear allusion to folk or traditional tunes in both specific themes and in a general style or attitude. These short pieces are interesting to listen to.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Farum Church (02/07/2014); Koncertkirken, Copenhagen (02/07/2014); Torslunde Church (02/07/2014); Farum Church (03/28/2014); Koncertkirken, Copenhagen (03/28/2014); Torslunde Church (03/28/2014); Farum Church (06/06/2014); Koncertkirken, Copenhagen (06/06/2014); Torslunde Church (06/06/2014); Farum Church (06/22/2014); Koncertkirken, Copenhagen (06/22/2014); Torslunde Church (06/22/2014); Farum Church (06/28/2011); Koncertkirken, Copenhagen (06/28/2011); Torslunde Church (06/28/2011); Farum Church (10/31/2011); Koncertkirken, Copenhagen (10/31/2011); Torslunde Church (10/31/2011); Farum Church (11/29/2013); Koncertkirken, Copenhagen (11/29/2013); Torslunde Church (11/29/2013).

Includes arie(s) for alto recorder by Mogens Christensen.



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Works Details

>Christensen, Mogens : Feuerspiegel, for recorder & accordion
  • Performers: Bjarke Mogensen (Accordion); Pernille Petersen (Recorder)
  • Ensemble: Messer Quartet
  • Running Time: 14 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Christensen, Mogens : Nocturnal Birds :: Birds of a aSpring Night, for soprano recorder
  • Performer: Pernille Petersen (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Christensen, Mogens : Nocturnal Birds :: Birds of a Midsummer Night, for recorder, guitar & electronics
  • Performers: Per Palsson (Guitar); Pernille Petersen (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Christensen, Mogens : Nocturnal Birds :: Birds of an Autumn Night, for tenor recorder
  • Performer: Pernille Petersen (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Christensen, Mogens : Nocturnal Birds :: Birds of a Winter Night, for bass recorder & electronics
  • Performer: Pernille Petersen (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996-2014

>Christensen, Mogens : Dansebagateller, for recorder & guitar
  • Performers: Per Palsson (Guitar); Pernille Petersen (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Christensen, Mogens : Busy Bees and Birds, for recorder & string quartet
  • Performer: Pernille Petersen (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005