Here is a composer with a reorientation towards tradition, harmony and melody. Norwegian composer Marcus Paus has made a name for himself over the last years through highly successful film scores and operas. This is his debut solo release as a composer – an inviting chamber music presentation.
The Cello Sonata – with low key lyricism and outspoken fuzz guitar
Through the five movements Paus explores only a very limited group of motifs – from a variety of perspectives. Moving from sombre sections to the outrageously wild virtuoso cello solo in the fourth movement – perhaps a reminiscence of Paus’ own Guinness World Record at the age of 16 (466,6 notes pr. Second, see youtube link) – this 32 minute long sonata is the composer’s most serious attempt at what he calls ‘a feeling of totality’ within one work to date.
Trauermusik and 4 Memento Mori
The cello opens the release alone with the meditative Trauermusik (mourning music) bringing the thoughts to works by J.S. Bach and Marin Marais. Following are the Four Memento Mori (remember the death) for solo piano. These miniatures were written for an exhibition called Death Passages with paintings by the artist Christopher Rådlund in 2007. Redeemed by the focused interpretations of Joachim Kwetzinsky it is as if Paus manages to retain the very living instant just at that threshold.
Marcus Paus · Johannes Martens · Joachim Kwetzinsky
Marcus Paus (b 1979) is one of the most frequently commissioned and performed Norwegian composers of his generation. Paus’ music has been performed by leading ensembles and musicians all over the world, in venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall. Paus studied composition at the Manhattan School of Music and has established himself as a composer with a reorientation towards tradition, harmony and melody. Cellist Johannes Martens (b 1977) is member of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, in addition to his work as a solo and chamber musician. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and with Truls Mørk. Pianist Joachim Kwetzinsky (b 1978) is a prominent and versatile pianist. Postgraduate diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg and Liv Glaser, and also studies with Jiri Hlinka. In 2009 he received the Robert Levin Prize.