Hvoslef Chamber Music Project

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BEAUTIFUL SONG, A ROLLING BOTTLE, DAVID AND GOLIATH … “Hvoslef Chamber Works No. III” is the third in a series of nine CDs with Ketil Hvoslef’s collected chamber music. The idea of collecting all of Hvoslef’s 38 chamber music works on CD was conceived by violinist Ricardo Odriozola and pianist Einar Røttingen, who share many years of collaboration with the composer. Ketil Hvoslef (b. 1939) is a productive, versatile and undogmatic composer, who — now well into his seventies — continues to write music at a furious pace. Hvoslef’s style is characterized by an economy of means, the accumulation of latent energy, rhythmical ingenuity and, often, an element of humour. The album presents two works for the classical duo of violin and piano, and three works featuring unusual combinations of instruments. “Kvartoni” was written for soprano, recorder, guitar and piano. In the words of the composer: “I use playing techniques on the piano that bring it close to the guitar both technically and in sound.” About his “Kirkeduo” for guitar and organ, the composer says: “The combination of acoustic guitar and church organ evokes immediate associations with David and Goliath. The solution lies in the fact that the church organ has, in most cases, also fine transparent voices. […] The guitar is used as much as possible in accordance with the instrument’s character (after all, it sounds best that way).” “Sextet (Post)”, for flute, clarinet, horn, violin, guitar and piano, was commissioned by an organisation that was closed down before the work was completed, hence the subtitle “Post”. In “Bel Canto”, for violin and piano, a beautiful song is presented in a partially threatening environment, while in the three-part “Inventiones” we meet the ghost of Mozart and a bottle that rolls along the floor and down the steps of a bus. The recordings draw from the vast pool of performers in Bergen, where the composer lives and works. The performers are primarily from the Grieg Academy (University of Bergen/Bergen University College) and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The project was made possible with support from Arts Council Norway and the University of Bergen. REVIEWS «LAWO continues its series devoted to the chamber music og Ketil Hvoslef with its most diverse instalment yet. [...] As before, the commitment of these Bergen-based musicians has done Hvoslef proud, with Ricardo Odriozola’s detailed booklet-notes incorporating wry observations by the composer.» Richard Whitehouse – Gramophone, april 2017 review_LWC1117_Gramophone.pdf «The performances on this disc are all excellent. [...] The recorded sound is also excellent. As with the Kirkeduo, the balance engineers have worked wonders throughout. [...] I look forward to future releases in this project, especially to the recordings of Hvoslef’s three string quartets.» Stuart Sillitoe – MusicWeb International, mai 2017 review_LWC1117_musicwebinternational.pdf
Bonus content included for FREE with purchase of complete release:  Booklet (PDF)
1. Inventiones I 00:08:39 1.80 USD
Main artist Hvoslef Chamber Music Project
Composer Ketil Hvoslef
Performers Ricardo Odriozola | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Inventiones II 00:03:40 1.50 USD
Main artist Hvoslef Chamber Music Project
Composer Ketil Hvoslef
Performers Ricardo Odriozola | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Inventiones III 00:05:31 1.50 USD
Main artist Hvoslef Chamber Music Project
Composer Ketil Hvoslef
Performers Ricardo Odriozola | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Kvartoni 00:10:47 2.00 USD
Main artist Hvoslef Chamber Music Project
Composer Ketil Hvoslef
Performers Einar Røttingen | Hilde Haraldsen Sveen | Frode Thorsen | Stein-Erik Olsen
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Bel Canto 00:12:41 2.00 USD
Main artist Hvoslef Chamber Music Project
Composer Ketil Hvoslef
Performers Ricardo Odriozola | Einar Røttingen
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Kirkeduo 00:12:02 2.00 USD
Main artist Hvoslef Chamber Music Project
Composer Ketil Hvoslef
Performers Egil Haugland | Karstein Askeland
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Sextet (Post) 00:11:31 2.00 USD
Main artist Hvoslef Chamber Music Project
Composer Ketil Hvoslef
Performers Ricardo Odriozola | Einar Røttingen | Stein-Erik Olsen | Gro Sandvik | Diego Lucchesi | Ilene Channon
Producers Vegard Landaas