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Sorensen: Concertos / Andsnes, Frost, Helseth

Release Date: 03/20/2020 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 8226095  
Composer:  Bent Sorensen
Performer:  Leif Ove AndsnesMartin FröstTine Thing Helseth
Conductor:  Per Kristian SkalstadThomas Sřndergĺrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber OrchestraDanish National Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bent Sørensen’s distinctive music thrives on the intangible, from atmospheres and feelings to memories and dreams. This recording assembles three recent concertos from the Grawemeyer Award-winning composer performed by distinguished Nordic soloists, beginning with a second piano concerto played by its dedicatee and inspiration, Leif Ove Andsnes. Sørensen’s clarinet concerto for Martin Frost is inspired by the scents of Spanish poetry, while his trumpet concerto for Tine Thing Helseth feeds of his constant obsession with the beauty and vulnerability of Venice. Each is highly evocative and filled with Sørensen’s etched beauty.



The Second Piano Concerto, obviously a
Read more difficult work to perform, is played by the Norwegian pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes, who proves a highly persuasive exponent. Serenidad (Serenade), for clarinet and orchestra, is sparsely scored. The soloist, Martin Frost, produces a beautifully refined and creamy tone. The Trumpet Concerto was composed with the young charismatic Norwegian, Tine Thing Helseth in mind. She is capable of producing a multitude of colours. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra adds a transparent accompaniment. The recordings are to Dacapo’s immaculate quality, the release much commended to those looking for cutting-edge contemporary sounds.

– David's Review Corner (David Denton)

Three recent concertos by Bent Sørensen, which are full of attractive, vivid instrumental effects, are brought together by Dacapo Records, all with their dedicatees as the soloists. It may be fundamentally undemanding music, but it is beautifully made.

– The Guardian (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano & Orchestra "La Mattina" by Bent Sorensen
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Per Kristian Skalstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra "Serenidad" by Bent Sorensen
Performer:  Martin Fröst (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Thomas Sřndergĺrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Concerto for Trumpet by Bent Sorensen
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Per Kristian Skalstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

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