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Remembering - Cello Concertos

Composer Per Nörgård (Nørgård)
Kaija Saariaho
Performer Jakob Kullberg
BBC Philharmonic
Sinfonia Varsovia
Szymon Bywalec, conductor
Michael Francis, conductor
John Storgårds, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2602 CD
EAN 7318599926025
Format CD
Release date Sep 2021
Total time 83'28

On Remembering, the Danish cellist Jakob Kullberg continues his collaborations with two of the foremost Nordic composers: Per Nørgård and Kaija Saariaho. Praised internationally for his performances of the modern cello concerto, Kullberg regards the concerto form as the encounter of an individual soloist with the sound world of a composer. With living composers this approach often results in an unusual degree &&&of collaboration, as the works gathered here bear witness to. Since 1999, Kullberg has enjoyed a close and unique partnership with Nørgård which has resulted in a large number of works.

Between, the opening work on the disc, hails from a time before this, but Nørgård’s viola concerto Remembering Child in its version for the cello is very much an example of Kullberg’s process. He has not only transferred the concerto to his own instruments, but has also – in consultation with the composer – written his own cadenza as well as added details to the score. Likewise, at a climactic point exactly halfway through Saariaho’s concerto Notes on Light, Kullberg creates an expressive space of his own, with a two-minute cadenza he has composed himself. In this work, as well as in Nørgård’s Between, Kullberg is supported by the BBC Philharmonic, with Sinfonia Varsovia appearing in the closing concerto.
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  Per Nørgård
  Between - Cello Concerto No.1 (1985) 28'59
01 I. In Between 11'10
02 II. Turning point 4'21
03 III. Among 13'28
  Kaija Saariaho
  Notes on Light for cello and orchestra (2006) 33'00
04 I. Translucent, secret 5'52
05 II. On fire 3'05
06 III. Awakening 11'30
07 IV. Eclipse 5'11
08 V. Heart of Light 7'22
  Per Nørgård
  Remembering Child for cello and orchestra (1986 / 2013) 20'09
09 I. 8'59
10 II. 11'10
  Album total 83'28
ComposerNørgård, Per
Saariaho, Kaija
CelloKullberg, Jakob
OrchestraBBC Philharmonic
Sinfonia Varsovia
ConductorBywalec, Szymon
Francis, Michael
Storgårds, John
ArrangerKullberg, Jakob

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