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Lars Karlsson - Seven Songs and Clarinet Concerto

Composer Lars Karlsson
Performer Christoffer Sundqvist
Gabriel Suovanen
Lapland Chamber Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2286 SACD
EAN 7318599922867
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2018
Total time 54'44

Lars Karlsson was born in 1953 on Åland, an archipelago in the Baltic Sea which forms part of Finland although its population is Swedish-speaking. He soon moved to Helsinki, however, in order to study at the Sibelius Academy, where his teachers included Einar Englund and Einojuhani Rautavaara. Since 1976,&&& he has himself been teaching at the Academy. Following his own distinctive route on the Finnish contemporary music scene, Karlsson composes in a neotonal vein and has been called a ‘romantic modernist’ – as well as a ‘modern romanticist’. His work list includes all genres from chamber music and solo works to orchestral works, and he has also composed extensively for voices. Two of his later works are recorded here, in performances conducted by John Storgårds with whom Karlsson has collaborated extensively, both as conductor and violinist. Storgårds and his Lapland Chamber Orchestra have previously recorded four discs with music by Kalevi Aho for BIS – discs which have received critical acclaim and international distinctions such as the prestigious German ECHO Klassik award. Here they are joined by Gabriel Suovanen and Christoffer Sundqvist, the soloists for whom Lars Karlsson composed his Songs to texts by Lagerkvist and Clarinet Concerto. The song cycle charts what the composer calls ‘a life-journey’, setting texts by the Swedish poet and Nobel Prize laureate Pär Lagerkvist. In the Concerto, Karlsson instead revisits his own production, exploring an interest for fourths and fifths which was particularly strong during the early part of his career, but also reusing themes from other works, for instance in the folksong-like second movement.
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  Lars Karlsson
  Seven Songs to texts by Pär Lagerqvist 25'37
01 I. Lento doloroso (Ångest, ångest är min arvedel…) 4'52
02 II. Presto nervoso (Ingenting är som du…) 3'09
03 III. Lento lirico (Det är vackrast när det skymmer…) 4'02
04 IV. Presto furioso (Som ett brinnande skepp…) 2'47
05 V. Lento e un poco rubato (Som en våg…) 3'36
06 VI. Allegro (Du är min Afrodite…) 2'19
07 VII. Lento (Mitt träd är pinjen…) 4'52
  Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra 27'18
08 I. Lento – Allegretto 13'16
09 II. Andante 8'50
10 III. Presto 5'12
  Album total 54'44
ComposerKarlsson, Lars
BaritoneSuovanen, Gabriel
ClarinetSundqvist, Christoffer

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