Notes & Reviews:
The project "Ketil Hvoslef's Chamber Music" was initiated in 2012 by violinist Ricardo Odriozola and pianist Einar Rottingen, both with backgrounds spanning many years of cooperation with the composer. The catalyst for the idea was the fact that most of Hvoslef's chamber works had not been recorded, and, in view of the consistently high quality, deserved larger international attention and exposure. Thus, the idea to document all 38 works on CD arose, and the record company LAWO Classics agreed to come aboard. Collaboration with the performers is intrinsic to Hvoslef's work as a composer. By trying out his ideas in dialogue with the players, a higher refinement of the details is achieved and the score is altered accordingly. This is an important part of the compositional procuess. The recordings draw from the vast pool of performers in Bergen, where the composer lives and works, in order to facilitate a closer collaboration between composer and players on every single work up to the time o the actual recording. The performers are primarily from the Grieg Academy (University of Bergen/Bergen University College) and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, with the addition of some musicians from other Scandinavian countries. The aim of the recordings is to help promote the establishment of a performance practice for Hvoslef's music.
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Del Barroco y del Romanticismo al Siglo XXI / Prieto, et al
Hans Abrahmsen (b.1952): Let Me Tell You (dramatic monologue) / Barbara Hannigan, soprano; Bavarian Radio SO, Andris Nelsons
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet; David Matthews (b.1943): Piano Quintet / Martin Cousin, piano. James Dickenson, violin. Tamaki Higashi, violin. Carmen Flores, viola. Nick Stringfello, cello
Arthur Butterworth (1923-2014): Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4 / Arthur Butterworth, conductor. Christopher Adey, conductor. Bryden Thomson, conductor.
Enjott Schneider (b.1950): Bach Metamorphsen Concerto; Omaggio a Vivaldi Concerto; et al / Albrecht Mater, oboe; Dorothee Oberlinger, recorder; Joachim Schäfer, trumpet; Csaba Kelemen, trumpet; Stefan Langbein, trombone; Olga Watts, harpsichord
Magma Duo: Works for Violin and Piano by Poulenc (1899-1963), Namavar (b. 1980), Vermeulen (1888-1967), Copland, Igudesman (b. 1973) / Magma Duo: Emmy Storms, violin; Cynthia Liem, piano)
Chaya Czernowin (b.1957): The Quiet - Works for orchestra / Kai Wessel, tenor; Stephan Schmidt, guitar; Daniel Barenboim; Brad Lubman; Mario Venzago; Evan Christ; Chaya Czernowin
Ján Levoslav Bella (1843-1936): Festive Mass; Deus Meus; Heil'ge Nacht; and more / Eva euUková, soprano; Lucie Hilscherová, alto; Juraj Hollý, tenor; TomáU eelc, bass; Petr Fiala, Czech Philharmonic Choir, Bruno
Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989): Stabat Mater; Batter My Heart; Magnificat / Mary Thomas; Barbara Elsy; Maureen Lehane; Nigel Rogers; Christopher Keyte; Michael Rippon; John McCarthy; Felicity Harrison; Donald Hunt