Sorensen: Concertos / Andsnes, Frost, Helseth

Release Date: 3/20/2020
Label: Dacapo
Catalog Number: 8226095
Composer: Bent Sorensen
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 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)

Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano & Orchestra "La Mattina" by Bent Sorensen
Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
2. Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra "Serenidad" by Bent Sorensen
Performer: Martin Fröst (Clarinet)
3. Concerto for Trumpet by Bent Sorensen
Performer: Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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