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Wallin & Buene: Violin Concertos

By Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra

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By Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta, Oyvind Bjora, and Peter Herresthal. By Eivind Buene and Rolf Wallin (1957-). Classical. Hybrid SACD. Naxos #BIS-2242. Published by Naxos (NX.BIS-2242).

Item Number: NX.BIS-2242

Following his 2001 album of works by Arne Nordheim, Norwegian violinist Peter Herresthal and BIS have collaborated on the project 'A String of Releases' - recordings of contemporary violin concertos, in several cases written especially for Herresthal. Featured composers so far have been Olav Anton Thommessen, Henrik Hellstenius and Orjan Matre - all from Norway - as well as Thomas Ades and Per Norgard. Utterly fearless in his approach to these complex works, Herresthal has received recognition for his recordings, earning a Spellemannprisen (the 'Norwegian Grammy') as well as being shortlisted for a Gramophone Award. The present, amply-filled addition to Herresthal's 'string' features the composers Rolf Wallin (b. 1957) and Eivind Buene (b. 1973). Wallin - one of Scandinavia's leading composers - has for Herresthal made a version of Under City Skin, his 2009 concerto for viola and ensemble. The work is a poetic and sonic journey through an imaginary cityscape, with the solo violin and the string orchestra playing off and with a pre-recorded soundtrack. Buene's Violin Concerto was also conceived with Herresthal in mind. With suggestive individual titles - Falling Angels, Sound Asleep and Among Voices - its three movements are each scored for a different combination of chamber orchestral forces. They can be played separately, but together they form a haunting triptych of melancholy and memory.

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