This new CD features the highlights from two sold out concerts in “Store Studio” at the Norwegian Broadcasting in Oslo, March 2017. Håkon Kornstad with his ensemble, and the legendary Kringkastingsorkesteret (Norwegian Radio Orchestra aka KORK), conducted by Christian Eggen.
Undoubtedly one of Norway’s most exciting arrangers, Erlend Skomsvoll provides a beautiful and Steve Reich-esque version of Edvard Grieg’s “En svane”, while Giuseppe Verdi’s feisty canzone “Di tu se fedel” from the opera Un ballo in maschera is paired with high octane Charles Mingus-like meanderings.
In addition, the album features two instrumental tracks from the 2011 Kornstad solo album Symphonies in My Head — two improvised saxophone pieces tastefully adapted for orchestra. “Plystre” is given a symphonic overhaul by Kjetil Bjerkestrand, while "ABA" is adapted for cello quintet, rounding the album off in a tranquil way.
The concert will be aired on Norwegian TV on October 22, and also on Radio P2. Stay tuned!