ANDERS HILLBORG (b.1954): Clarinet Concerto "Peacock Tales" (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen. Original 2003 Ondine release 05E078), KARIN REHNQVIST (b.1957): On a Distant Shore (Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Petter Sundkvist. Original 2005 release 06H084), VAGN HOLMBOE (1909-1996): Concerto No. 3, Op. 21 (Aalborg Symphony Orchestra; Owain Arwel Hughes. Original 2004 release.), BERNHARD HENRIK CRUSELL (1775-1838): Introduction, Theme and Variations on a Swedish Air for Clarinet and Wind Orchestra, Op. 124 (Östgöta Symphonic Wind Ensemble; Arie van Beek. Original 1997 release.).

Catalogue Number: 02Q071

Label: BIS

Reference: 2123

Format: CD reissue

Price: $19.98

Description: It's been more than a decade since the two newest compositions here were originally released so we offer this recoupling for modern music collectors who may have missed the Hillborg (the clarinettist is kept fully occupied in striking relief against orchestral textures that range from Nielsenesque to Ligetian. Motoric ostinati propel the music forward with an insistence and dogged determination not far from the sound-world of Pettersson or Sallinen) and Rehnqvist (dealing explicitly with nature imagery, it has an organic, elemental quality, in which musical form is less apparent than the kind of structure that one encounters in natural forms, On a Distant Shore fully utilises the sonorous capabilities of the instrument [sometimes in combination with two clarinets, leading to some intriguing spatial illusions]) the first time. Martin Fröst (clarinet).

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