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Rehnquist: Arktis Arktis!, Etc / Fröst, Storgĺrds, Sundqvist


Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1396   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karin RehnquistTraditional
Performer:  Martin FröstMalin BromanSimon Crawford-PhillipsJesper Svedberg
Conductor:  Petter SundkvistJohn StorgĺrdsBo Johansson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber OrchestraKungsbacka Piano TrioAdolf Frederik Girls Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Empfohlen Klassik.com 2005 The music of Karin Rehnqvist has been described as “simultaneously radically new and very old.” This quality is the result of her interest in very different musical traditions: the modernist, constructivist approach to composition as represented by Brian Ferneyhough, with whom she studied, and the Swedish folk music tradition. One source of inspiration is an ancient vocal technique known as kulning, used by women herders to gather their flocks across great distances. Another is the use of micro intervals in traditional music. These and other features come to the fore on this portrait CD, where works from the past seven years have been collected: vocal and instrumental, chamber and orchestral. All of the works Read more are being performed by the musicians and ensembles for whom they were conceived: with his trademark commitment Martin Fröst interprets the clarinet concerto On a Distant Shore and the Adolf Fredrik’s Girls Choir enter into the spirit of I himmelen (In Heaven’s Hall), Rehnqvist’s reinterpretation of a folk chorale. In the main orchestral work, Arktis, Arktis!, written after the composer’s participation in a polar expedition, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra paints arctic landscapes and impressions, and the eminent young ensemble Kungsbacka Piano Trio – for the first time on BIS – renders Beginning, commissioned for them by BBC in 2003. 70 minutes of fascinating music from a fascinating composer whose previous disc on BIS (Sun Song, BIS-CD-996) caused the reviewer in Gramophone to recommend it “very, very strongly”. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. On a Distant Shore by Karin Rehnquist
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Petter Sundkvist
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002 
Length: 17 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2. Beginning by Karin Rehnquist
Performer:  Malin Broman (Violin), Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano), Jesper Svedberg (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003 
Length: 16 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3. Arktis Arktis! by Karin Rehnquist
Conductor:  John Storgĺrds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000 
Length: 31 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4. I himmelen "In heaven's hall" by Traditional
Conductor:  Bo Johansson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adolf Frederik Girls Choir
Written: Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Swedish 
Notes: Arranger: Karin Rehnquist. 

Sound Samples

On a Distant Shore: I. The Dark
On a Distant Shore: II. The Light
On a Distant Shore: III. The Wild
On a Distant Shore: IV. The Singing
On a Distant Shore: V. The Call
Beginning: I. Dramatic
Beginning: II. Tentative
Beginning: III. Rise
Arktis Arktis!: I. Breaking the Ice
Arktis Arktis!: II. Between Sky and Sea
Arktis Arktis!: III. Interlude in Dark
Arktis Arktis!: IV. Yearning
I Himmelen (In Heaven's Hall)

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