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Octophonia - Works by Arne Nordheim (1931-2010), Aulis Sallinen (b.1935), Ingvar Lidholm (b.1921) & Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) / Dan Styffe, double bass; Ingrid Andsnes, piano

Album Summary

>Lidholm, Ingvar : Fantasia sopra Laudi for solo cello
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Metamorphoses for Violincello and Piano
>Sallinen, Aulis : Elegy for Sebastian Knight for cello solo, Op 10
>Nordheim, Arne : Three Stanzas for double bass alone
>Nordheim, Arne : Partita, for 6 double basses
>Nordheim, Arne : Clamavi, for solo cello
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Notes & Reviews:

A world class double bassists releases his sixth solo album. Dan Styffe, renowned solo double bassists, performs works by Arne Nordheim, Ingvar Lidholm, Witold Lutoslawski and Aulis Sallinen. Three works by Arne Nordheim form a kernel of Octophonia, on which Dan Styffe has grouped together music originally written for double bass with music for cello adapted for its larger relative. The music is by composers who are in various ways associated with Arne Nordheims work. Nordheim's music span over expressions that can characterize as everything from the etheric and dream-like, the meditative and lingering, to the vibrating, metallic and open, and even the traditional. A modern piece of art where one of the worlds leading double bassists gets to show of not just his masterful skills, but also the unique possibilities of the double basses timbre.

Arne Nordheim has been one of the most recognized Norwegian composers since the 1960s and was a front figure for the entire Norwegian postwar musical modernism. His piece "Clamavie" is inspired by a biblical psalm, a cry for help dividing the world into good and evil people and intentions. "Partita," was written for the uncommon musical group of six double basses- performed by Styffe and several of his students, as well as Hakon Thelin. Ingvar Lidholm was one of several composers with whom Nordheim studied privately. His "Fantasia sopra laudi" is unusually organically written in a way that opens large musical vaults filled with light. Together with Ingrid Andsnes, Styffe also performs "Grave: Metamorphoses for cello and piano" by Witold Lutoslawski- a composer who, with his sound mass techniques, would be a markedly important inspiration for Nordheim. Dan Styffe, originally born in Sweden, has throughout all his career been established in Norway, and is a central figure in Norwegian musical life. After studies with Goran Nyberg, Knut Guettler, and Gary Karr, he made his solo debut in 1985 and has since then been a sought after soloist and chamber musician across the world. He is a jury member of several international competitions and has participated in several international conventions. At the present, he is a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music and Barratt Due Institute of Music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lindemansalen, Norges Musikkhogskole, Oslo, Norway.



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Works Details

>Lidholm, Ingvar : Fantasia sopra Laudi for solo cello
  • Performer: Dan Styffe (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Metamorphoses for Violincello and Piano :: Grave
  • Performers: Ingrid Andsnes (Piano); Dan Styffe (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Sallinen, Aulis : Elegy for Sebastian Knight for cello solo, Op 10
  • Performer: Dan Styffe (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Nordheim, Arne : Three Stanzas for double bass alone
  • Performer: Dan Styffe (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Nordheim, Arne : Partita, for 6 double basses
  • Performers: Eskild Abelseth (Double Bass); Jon Asnes (Double Bass); Karol Ciesluk (Double Bass); Dan Styffe (Double Bass); Håkon Thelin (Double Bass); Mathias Valseth (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Nordheim, Arne : Clamavi, for solo cello
  • Performer: Dan Styffe (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980