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A CREOLE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen is celebrating 40 years as a musical artist with the release of his ninth solo album, “Creole Connections”. Here the listener is presented with music from Latin America, with special focus on the Brazilian composer of tangos, Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934). His “Odeon” is as familiar to pianists in Brazil as “The Entertainer” is to pianists in the USA. Larsen eagerly wishes to make Nazareth’s music more widely known in Norway, and he is the first Norwegian pianist to record works by the composer. The album also features works of Louis M. Gottschalk (1829-1869), originally from New Orleans and called “Chopin of the Creoles”, together with music from Cuba and later tangos of Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992). Morten Gunnar Larsen (b. 1955) is best known as a performer of classic jazz piano and ragtime. He has distinguished himself with earlier releases such as “Fingerbreaker” on Decca/Universal, and he has received Spellemannsprisen, Norway’s Grammy, and a number of foreign prizes. Larsen’s first public performance was in 1974, while studying classical piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He debuted in Oslo’s jazz milieu, appearing at Club 7 and New Orleans Workshop, among others. Since then he has performed throughout much of the world. “Creole Connections” is Larsen’s first release on the LAWO Classics label. REVIEWS «Larsen’s reputation as a superb pianist precedes him and this disc fulfills that promise. Dynamics are at times breathtaking, with fortes that are strident and pianissimos that are ethereal, all captured in intimately recorded sound from a concert grand piano. We will all be rewarded by Norway’s proposed enlightenment. Highly recommended.» Jack Rummel - Ragtime Music Reviews reviews_LWC1070_Ragtime_Music_Reviews.pdf «This is winning stuff with more similarities to ragtime than you might expect. It’s remarkable to think that, at the time, nobody was writing even remotely similar music in Europe. […] Speaking of the performer, Morten Gunnar Larsen is a perfect fit for this music. He has an absolute ball playing everything on the disc, and is as deep inside the Creole musical language as anybody can be. It’s an ideal match, especially with the presence of a piece written for Larsen.» Brian Reinhart – MusicWeb International musicweb-international.com
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1. Odeon – Tango Brasileiro 00:02:50 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Ernesto Nazareth
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
2. Labirinto – Tango Brasileiro 00:03:42 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Ernesto Nazareth
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
3. Batuque – Tango Caracteristico 00:03:59 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Ernesto Nazareth
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
4. Carioca – Tango 00:04:19 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Ernesto Nazareth
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
5. Danza, Op. 33 00:06:17 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
6. O, Ma Charmante, épargnez-Moi! – Caprice 00:02:37 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
7. Suis Moi! – Caprice 00:03:23 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
8. Mazurk 00:04:18 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
9. Retrato de Alfredo Gobbi – Tango 00:04:13 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Astor Piazzolla
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
10. La muerte del angel – Tango 00:04:09 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Astor Piazzolla
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
11. Danza No. 2 – For Morten Gunnar Larsen 00:02:01 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Hal Isbitz
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
12. Maria Antonieta Pons 00:05:01 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer David T. Roberts
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
13. Te Quiero Tanto! 00:01:12 1.50 USD
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Composer Ignacio Cervantes
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
14. A La Antigua 00:01:56 1.50 USD
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Composer Ernesto Lecuona
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
15. La Comparsa 00:01:55 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Ernesto Lecuona
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
16. Tenebroso – Tango 00:03:06 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Ernesto Nazareth
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
17. Nenê – Tango 00:02:56 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Ernesto Nazareth
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
18. Turbilhão de beijos – Valsa Lenta 00:07:49 1.80 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Ernesto Nazareth
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
19. Vem cá, branquinha – Tango 00:02:38 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Ernesto Nazareth
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen
20. Venezuelan Little Tune 00:03:07 1.50 USD
Main artist Morten Gunnar Larsen
Composer Lionel Belasco
Performers Morten Gunnar Larsen