ØISTEIN SOMMERFELDT (1919-1994): Sonata Saxifraga, KETIL HVOSLEF (b.1939): Violino Solo, WOLFGANG PLAGGE (b.1960): Duels for 2 Violins, KJELL MØRK KARLSEN (b.1947): Fantasia Religiosa for Solo Violin, BJØRN KRUSE (b.1946): Memento mori, TERJE BJØRKLUND (b.1945): 3 Contrasts for 2 Violins.
Catalogue Number: 03J100
Description: Sommerfeldt's piece is an atmospheric and evocative piece of nature-music, with folk inflections deriving from the composer's immersion in traditional Norwegian music. The Hvoslef is an extended soliloquy in long, eloquent lines; some bending of pitches aside, it creates a firmly tonal impression. Plagge's three brief movements are a humorous take on the idea of a duet; the two violinists pursue each other through a range of folk-inspired motifs - not coincidentally the work was a tribute to Kodály, and there are Hungarian elements clearly audible alongside the Norwegian inflections. Karlsen's Fantasia is a powerful and dramatic work, based on modal gestures which lend the music a ritualistic, archaic quality. The piece - arguably the heart of this varied recital disc - evokes the shadowy, echoing vastness of the great European cathedrals. The Kruse has an edgy, impulsive quality to its expression; originally part of a ballet production it suggests a definite narrative, a reflection on the transience and value of life. Bjørklund's work is an elegiac dialogue between the two violins, with classical restraint and subtle jazz inflections lending warmth to the piece's harmonic vocabulary. Stig Nilsson (violin), Anders Kjellberg Nilsson (second violin). SACD hybrid