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Perspectives: Pärt, Lutoslawski, Kurtag, Webern, Hogberg / Tromso CO; Dan Styfee, double bass

Audio Samples

>Webern, Anton : Movements (5), version for string orchestra, Op. 5
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
>Kurtág, György : Aus der Ferne no 3, for string quartet
>Högberg, Fredrik : Concerto for double bass & orchestra ("Hitting the First Base")
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Funeral Music, for string orchestra

Album Summary

>Webern, Anton : Movements (5), version for string orchestra, Op. 5
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
>Kurtág, György : Aus der Ferne no 3, for string quartet
>Högberg, Fredrik : Concerto for double bass & orchestra ("Hitting the First Base")
>Lutoslawski, Witold : Funeral Music, for string orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The works on this recording embrace ninety-nine years of European music history and are balanced by paradoxical opposites; the program is dominated by moods of the long, arctic winter night - grief, longing, absence - and the midnight sun's unceasing orgy of light and life. Kolbjørn Holthe and his inspired orchestra display both playful virtuosity and extreme serenity in their interpretations of this repertoire. The Tromsø Chamber Orchestra is the only full-time professional chamber orchestra in Norway. The orchestra has become well-known as a modern and versatile ensemble of high international standard. The orchestra gives weekly concerts in Tromsø, and the musicians also serve regularly as a part of the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Guardian, August 2012
Högberg's concerto is a jokey, hyperactive affair that demands an unexpected agility from its double-bass soloist, Dan Styffe, while the performances of the other works generally favour assertiveness and vigour over refinement...the Mahlerian influences on Webern's miniatures emerge much more strongly than usual.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (01/17/2012-01/19/2012); Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (10/17/2011-10/19/2011).



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Works Details

>Webern, Anton : Movements (5), version for string orchestra, Op. 5
  • Conductor: Kolbjorn Holthe
  • Ensemble: Tromso Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (01/17/2012-01/19/2012); Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (10/17/2011-10/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
  • Conductor: Kolbjorn Holthe
  • Notes: Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (01/17/2012-01/19/2012); Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (10/17/2011-10/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1980

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Aus der Ferne no 3, for string quartet
  • Conductor: Kolbjorn Holthe
  • Notes: Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (01/17/2012-01/19/2012); Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (10/17/2011-10/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1991

>Högberg, Fredrik : Concerto for double bass & orchestra ("Hitting the First Base")
  • Conductor: Kolbjorn Holthe
  • Notes: Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (01/17/2012-01/19/2012); Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (10/17/2011-10/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Lutoslawski, Witold : Funeral Music, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Kolbjorn Holthe
  • Notes: Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (01/17/2012-01/19/2012); Målselv kirke, Bardufoss, Norway (10/17/2011-10/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954-1958