Legendary tango bandoneonist Per Arne Glorvigen is here with his debut album as a composer. An outstandingly virtuosic musician, well known for including his crazy humour in his artistic project. Cellist Andreas Brantelid is the ideal duo-partner on this disc – both of them joined by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra for a double concerto that takes you directly to Buenos Aires.
In his entertaining and informative liner note Per Arne explains that he has allowed himself to be inspired by how classical music throughout continuously has picked up influences from popular music. Debussy wrote cakewalks, Stravinsky ragtime and tango. Weill, Gershwin and Bernstein all makes the mix into stylistic trademarks of their own. On the other side you find Procol Harum, the Beatles and Pink Floyd all incorporating inspiration from Bach and other classical composers. ‘The final fusion between tango and classical music appeared with Piazzolla’s “Tango Nuevo”, which definitively took the tango out of the dance halls and into the concert halls. I see myself as a humble heir of all these fantastic composers mentioned above and I am proud to say that in “Dos Noruegos en Buenos Aires” I have quoted two composers: Bruce Springsteen and Olivier Messiaen’.
‘Two Norwegians in Buenos Aires’ – full of contrasts, ruthless, charming and beautiful
‘The title is a nod to Gershwin’s “An American in Paris”. With a little inflation and a change of direction, this becomes “Two Norwegians in Buenos Aires”, simply because there are two soloists. The first movement starts with an introduction on the bandoneon, the soul and sound of the city. The sound is like the place itself: full of contrasts, ruthless, charming and beautiful.’ The reviewer from Diapason was taken by this double concerto when he heard it in 2017: “One discovery: the composer talent of bandononist Per Arne Glorvigen who includes Andreas Brantelid’s cello in a super double concerto […] which, in a very personal manner, deeply felt and playful at the same time, catches the mood of the tango and the milonga.
Per Arne Glorvigen & Co
With a contagious mix of humour and seriousness Glorvigen takes hold of the listener immediately, radiating a primeval force both in person and through his music. Andreas Brantelid is among the most sought after Scandinavian cellists today. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra sits well among the top chamber orchestras of the world, with a special knack in bringing forward Norwegian composers and soloists. Liner notes in English, French, Spanish, Norwegan and Chinese.