Notes & Reviews:
Elliott Sharp (b. 1951) is constantly in search of new sounds, processes, ways to create narrative arcs, ways to find music in unexpected places. His work is fed by acoustics, mathematics, philosophy, visual arts, and history. Central sonic concerns are melodies and grooves both micro- and macro-, harmonic saturation, density and texture, the vocalistic, the hyper-real. The goal is psycho-acoustic chemical change. He consistently tries to create structures with the spontaneity and energy of an improvisation. These four works represent well the wide variety of approaches to the manifestation of his core concepts over a period of nearly twenty years. They reference influences and philosophies and, in addition, the diversity of their sound-worlds present sonic strategies that are unique to his compositional approach, including personalized extended techniques that extend the range of the instruments beyond notes.
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Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: For Cello & Orchestra, etc /Schonwandt
Bent Sorensen (b.1958): Snowbells - Works for Choir / Danish National Vocal Ens., Paul Hillier
Rautavaara: Rubaiyat; Balada; Canto V; Four songs from Rasputin / Gerald Finley; Mika Pohjonen. Helsinki Music Centre Choir and PO, john Storgards
Hans Abrahamsen (b.1952): Landscapes; Walden; Schumann: Kinderszenen; Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin / Charlotte Norholt, flute. Peter Kirstein, Oboe. Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet. Yavor Petkov, bassoon. Neil Page, horn
John Frandsen (b.1956): Songs for solo voice, piano & guitar / Lise Davidsen, soprano. Live Oddveig Midtmageli, soprano. Morten Grove Frandsen, tenor. Aleksander Nohr, baritone. Jesper Sivebaek, guitar. Sofia Wilkman, piano. Orsi Fajger, piano
Péter Eötvös (b. 1944): DoReMi; Speaking Drums; Cello Concerto Grosso / Midori, violin; Martin Grubinger, percussion; Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello; French Radio Orchestra, Peter Eötvös
Per Nørgård (b.1932): Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 / Oslo PO, John Storgårds
Per Nørgård (b.1932): Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 / Oslo PO, John Storgårds
'Sur POING' - works by Helmut Oehring, Richard Barrett, Paul Lovens / Frode Haltli, accordion; Rolf-Erik Nystrom, saxophone; Hakon Thelin, double bass