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By Lars Lien. By Various. Classical. Hybrid super audio CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.LWC1095).

Item Number: NX.LWC1095

"Phonetix" is Lars Lien's first solo release on the LAWO Classics label. The driving force behind the project is Lien's interest in exploring the saxophone's vocal capacity, with music and texts touching on universal and existential questions. Fifteen years ago saxophonist Lars Lien and soprano Siri Torjesen began their collaboration with a performance of the work "Sister Song." The music was composed by Hakon Berge and the text written by Paal-Helge Haugen. This first performance of the work took place in a forest setting in Olavsdalen outside of Kristiansand. In Lien's words: "Already at that time I understood the many similarities between the saxophone and the human voice. Timbre, vibrato, dynamic tension and flexibility are all qualities shared by a singer and a saxophonist." Soprano Berit Norbakken Solset and Lien are both enthusiastic about the music of Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist. The unpolished, almost naked quality of her musical expression rooted in Swedish traditional music produces fascinating and distinctive results. The recording features altogether three works of Rehnqvist, together with specially written works by Mark Adderley and Lars Skoglund, and the magnificent "Contrapunctus" by Bjorn Kruse. The singers are joined by organist Anders Eidsten Dahl and percussionist Teodor Berg.

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