Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra: Opus 250 | Lawo Classics LWC1089

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra: Opus 250

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Label: Lawo Classics

Cat No: LWC1089

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th November 2015

Contents

Artists

Ilze Klava (viola)
Christian Stene (clarinet)
Hakon Kartveit (timpani)
Bergen Philharmonic Horn Section
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Andrew Litton
James MacMillan
Edward Gardner

Works

Berg, Olav

Viola Concerto

Paus, Marcus

Timpani Concerto

Soderlind, Ragnar

Horns in Landscapes for 6 horns and orchestra

Ulvo, Therese Birkelund

Shadows and Shields for clarinet and orchestra

Artists

Ilze Klava (viola)
Christian Stene (clarinet)
Hakon Kartveit (timpani)
Bergen Philharmonic Horn Section
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Andrew Litton
James MacMillan
Edward Gardner

About

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its proud, 250-year-long history in 2015 with an anniversary project and CD release “OPUS 250”.

This splendid anniversary celebration is about a great symphony orchestra, its instrumental ensembles, and, not least, its brilliant musicians. Through solo concerts, chamber music, and other activities, in addition to what they do best of all as permanent members of the Bergen Philharmonic, they represent an orchestra that over recent years has celebrated remarkable artistic successes at home and abroad, on recordings, and in concert halls.

As a part of “OPUS 250”, the musicians of the orchestra have asked their favourite Norwegian composers to compose for them. Thus the four brand new works on this CD were not commissioned by a programme committee, a conductor or a director, but rather by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s own musicians. All the works have taken shape in a dialogue between the composers and the soloists.

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) has the status of a national orchestra, and as one of the world’s oldest orchestras it can trace its history all the way back to 1765. Edward Gardner succeeded Andrew Litton as Chief Conductor in October 2015. They both conduct on this recording, along with the Scottish conductor and composer James MacMillan.

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is very active as a recording orchestra and has over the past five years contributed to over 30 new recordings. “OPUS 250” is the orchestra’s first release on the LAWO Classics label.

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