Norgard / Nordheim / Saariaho - Cello Concertos | Aurora ACD5075

Norgard / Nordheim / Saariaho - Cello Concertos


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Label: Aurora

Cat No: ACD5075

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 28th August 2012



Jakob Kullberg (cello)
New Music Orchestra


Szymon Bywalec


Nordheim, Arne

Cello Concerto 'Tenebrae'

Norgard, Per

Cello Concerto no.2 'Momentum'

Saariaho, Kaija

Cello Concerto no.1 'Amers'


Jakob Kullberg (cello)
New Music Orchestra


Szymon Bywalec


‘Momentum: Nordic Cello Concertos’ presents outstanding Danish instrumentalist Jakob Kullberg performing the solo part in three major contemporary works for cello and orchestra. The release, on which Kulberg is accompanied by Poland’s New Music Orchestra conducted by Szymon Bywalec, also marks the 80th birthday of composer Per Nørgård.

Jakob Kullberg and leading Danish composer Per Nørgård began their collaboration 15 years ago and it has developed every year since, resulting in several works from Nørgård written especially for the cellist. One of these is the piece which gives this album its title, the Cello Concerto No.2 ‘Momentum’.

Written for and premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich, the late Arne Nordheim’s cello concerto ‘Tenebrae’, is perhaps best known through its recording by Truls Mørk. On this CD, Kullberg performs a new orchestration of the work for a smaller sinfonietta ensemble. The title denotes darkness and night - designating the Roman Catholic service of the same name.

The cello also holds a prominent place in the works of renowned Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. The title of her concerto is ‘Amers’ which means “sea marks” or “bouys”.

Jakob Kullberg has an amazing control of line, and is always bang in tune even in the most finger-twisting passages.” - Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph

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