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Havana · Rio · Moscow – Stein-Erik Olsen

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS: Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra · LEO BROUWER: Concerto Elegiaco (Guitar Concerto No. 3) · NIKITA KOSHKIN: Bergenmore… Concerto

Stein-Erik Olsen, guitar · Terje Mikkelsen, conductor · Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The playing is outstanding, as is the sound quality. Even in the densest passages, the solo instrument i audible and yet never unduly prominent. [Classical Guitar Magazine]

kr 139

Olsen and St Martin in the Fields with a phenomenal Villa-Lobos guitar concerto

Stein-Erik Olsen has released many highly acclaimed albums throughout his career. For his first guitar concerto recording he teams up with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, renowned for its outstanding sound – rooted in outstanding musicianship. These three works cover much of the expressive range of the 20th century Guitar Concerto in the hands of three masters of both writing for the guitar and contemporary composition. Each represents a quite different musical sensibility and cultural background.

Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote this Fantasia concertante in 1951 and dedicated it to Andrés Segovia. Leo Brouwer’s Concerto Elegiaco is influenced by Javanese gamelan music as well as by the Afro-Cuban intricacies of Brouwer’s native Cuba. Nikita Koshkin, born in Moscow, Russia, is a virtuoso guitarist but his international reputation has been established by his superb compositions performed world-wide.

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Stein-Erik Olsen has released many highly acclaimed albums throughout his career. For his first guitar concerto recording he teams up with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, renowned for its outstanding sound – rooted in outstanding musicianship.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The London-based orchestra is formed from a group of leading musicians. Originally directed by Sir Neville from the leader’s chair, the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble remains an Academy hallmark. This tradition continues today with virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell as Music Director.

Villa-Lobos’s Guitar Concerto from the original manuscript

Stein-Erik Olsen has previously performed Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Guitar Concerto on many occasions, but this time he has a copy of the original manuscript as a starting point, sent to him by the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio de Janerio. This has resulted in a number of new ideas for interpretation, and inspired a new reading of the whole piece for this recording. Leo Brouwer’s Concerto Elegiaco is an exiting and inventive, virtuoso composition. The second movement is nothing short of a musical gem, perhaps the most exquisite in the field of guitar concertos.

‘Bergen Concerto’ – dedicated to Stein-Erik Olsen

Nikita Koshkin, born in Moscow, Russia, is a virtuoso guitarist but his international reputation has been established by his superb compositions performed world-wide. The ‘Bergen Concerto’ was written for Stein-Erik Olsen in 2007. The piece is joyful and fresh – also with material clearly rooted in Koshkin’s homeland Russia.

Academy of St Martin in the Fields |Heitor Villa-Lobos |Leo Brouwer |Nikita Koshkin |Simon Kiln |Stein-Erik Olsen |Terje Mikkelsen

Release date: 10.10.2014

EAN : 7033662013135

Cat.No.: PSC1313

Priskategori : CD