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Nordic Atmospheres / Claus Efland, Sinfonietta Riga

Riga / Sefers / Efland
Release Date: 05/13/2014 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72630  
Composer:  Jean SibeliusPeteris VasksEdvard GriegCarl Nielsen,   ... 
Performer:  Egils Sefers
Conductor:  Claus Efland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording of the clarinet concerto by Romuald Kalsons is, at the moment, the only one on the CD market. Similarly, Carl Nielsen’s Suite for string orchestra, Op. 1 exists rarely on today’s concert platforms, or even on recordings. Claus Efland is an exclusive artist with Challenge Classics. He regards himself as an ambassador of music from his native Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia. A major artistic goal is to bring the distinctive musical language of Nordic composers to a wider audience. This is especially true of the music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, which exerted a formative influence on Efland’s musical passions. Sinfonietta Riga is a professional chamber orchestra based in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It was established Read more in 2006 as a state orchestra and currently resides at Spikeri Concert Hall, one of the most creative venues of Riga. Although it is a relatively new orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga demonstrates great professionalism and performs sophisticated concert programs, continuously expanding its creative horizons. The 34 young, passionate, and talented members of Sinfonietta Riga also enjoy performing solo and with various chamber music groups and ensembles. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Romance for Strings in C major, Op. 42 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Claus Efland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Finland 
2.
Musica dolorosa by Peteris Vasks
Conductor:  Claus Efland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Latvia 
3.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Claus Efland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
4.
Little Suite for Strings in A minor, FS 6/Op. 1 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Claus Efland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888/1889; Denmark 
5.
Concerto for Clarinet by Romualds Kalsons
Performer:  Egils Sefers (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Claus Efland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
6.
Pastoral Suite, Op. 19: no 2, Romance by Lars-Erik Larsson
Conductor:  Claus Efland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Sweden 

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