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Per Norgard: Sceneries for percussion & ensemble - Prelude to Breaking; Four Meditations; Arabesques / Christian Martinez

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>Norgård, Per : Prelude to Breaking, for 8 players
>Norgård, Per : Meditations (4) on the poem "The Year" by Ole Sarvig, for flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, cello, organ &
>Norgård, Per : Arabesques (3), for solo percussion
>Norgård, Per : Scenes (3), for percussion, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola & cello

Album Summary

>Norgård, Per : Prelude to Breaking, for 8 players
>Norgård, Per : Meditations (4) on the poem "The Year" by Ole Sarvig, for flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, cello, organ &
>Norgård, Per : Arabesques (3), for solo percussion
>Norgård, Per : Scenes (3), for percussion, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola & cello
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

If the music of today is to have any tomorrow, Nørgård will surely be part of it. - GRAMOPHONE The Danish composer Per Nørgård finds inspiration for his outstanding percussion music in the forces of nature, eastern mysticism and exotic rhythms. In the four works on this CD we encounter a melodic side to percussion, when for instance the soloist uses a violin bow to play the vibraphone and the musical saw. Two of the works were written especially for the Colombian-born percussionist Christian Martínez, who plays here with the Esbjerg Ensemble conducted by Petter Sundkvist.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Now, Prelude to Breaking - as in waves, specifically off the coast of southern India - is ravishing in its way. Four Meditations even has some odd jazzy moments that made me smile when I noticed them. Arabesques, for solo percussion, would be best appreciated by other solo percussionists, I believe. Three Scenes, for percussion and six instruments, is restless and scattershot. The musicians are skilled as well, and the sound is a little on the cool side - it suits the music. Notes in English and Danish.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Musikhuset, Esbjerg, Denmark (06/20/2011-06/23/2011).



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Works Details

>Per Norgård (Composer) (1932 - ) : Prelude to Breaking, for 8 players
  • Performer: Christian Martinez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
  • Ensemble: Esbjerg Ensemble
  • Notes: Musikhuset, Esbjerg, Denmark (06/20/2011-06/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Per Norgård (Composer) (1932 - ) : Meditations (4) on the poem "The Year" by Ole Sarvig, for flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, cello, organ &
  • Performer: Christian Martinez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
  • Ensemble: Esbjerg Ensemble
  • Notes: Musikhuset, Esbjerg, Denmark (06/20/2011-06/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Per Norgård (Composer) (1932 - ) : Arabesques (3), for solo percussion
  • Performer: Christian Martinez (Percussion)
  • Notes: Musikhuset, Esbjerg, Denmark (06/20/2011-06/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Per Norgård (Composer) (1932 - ) : Scenes (3), for percussion, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola & cello
  • Performer: Christian Martinez (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
  • Ensemble: Esbjerg Ensemble
  • Notes: Musikhuset, Esbjerg, Denmark (06/20/2011-06/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2010