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Secret Memories – Dan Styffe

BERNARD SALLES: I – Dan Styffe · III Thierry Barbé · GIACINTO SCELSI: Mantram · GYÖRGY KURTÁG: Message-consolation à Christian Sutter. Alio modo · LERA AUERBACH: Memory of a Tango · OLAV ANTON THOMMESSEN: A Lyrical Duet ·
R NØRGÅRD: Secret Voices (arr. for violin and double bass) · ROLF MARTINSSON: Double Bass Concerto No 1 · TEPPO HAUTA-AHO: Poetic Caprice

Dan Styffe, double bass · Peter Herresthal, violin · Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra · Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

Together with his fellow musicians and chief conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, he premieres a great new work for the instrument.

kr 139

Double bass from solo to concerto

Dan Styffe is ranked among the foremost of the double bass players today. His ability to communicate musical refinement through the double bass is renowned. His new release contain material from solo, though chamber and up to the concerto format. The main work on his fourth solo CD Secret Memories is the grand new solo concerto by Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson, dedicated to Styffe and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under its chief conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Furthermore he join forces with the outstanding violinist Peter Herresthal for two pieces, including Per Nørgård’s ‘Secret Voices’ in its first recording for violin and double bass. Solo works include works by Lera Auerbach, Giacinto Scelsi and György Kurtag.

Dan Styffe plays a double bass built by Gaspar da Salo (late 16th century) lent out by Dextra Musica, a company owned by DnB NOR Savings Bank Foundation.


The world premiere recording of Rolf Martinsson’s double bass concerto marks the high point of Dan Styffe’s new release ‘Secret Memories’ – fully packed with new music for the double bass.

Rolf Martinsson’s concerto for Dan Styffe and his Gaspar da Salo

The Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson (1956) enjoys a world wide recognition as a truly outstanding writer for the orchestra. His music is characterised by a powerful stylistic awareness and exceptional musical craftsmanship. Recently his Clarinet Concerto for Martin Fröst has received great praise. In his Concerto for double bass he not only wrote specifically for Dan Styffe, but also for the ca. 1580 Gaspar de Salo which he plays; a rare gem among double basses built by the ‘father’ of the instrument. The opening of the concerto prepares the scene for a tremendously virtuoso and spectacular concerto full of colour and excitement.

Duos by Nørgård and Thommessen

Inviting violinist Peter Herresthal into the music, Styffe presents two works for violin and double bass. Thommessen’s “Lyrical Duet” is indeed a conversation between the double bass and the violin, although rather more energetic than one might assume from the title. Per Nørgård, celebrating 80 years July 2012, reveals melodic fragments in his “Secret Voices”, melodies that seems to display different aspects of the way a musical progression can develop. This work was originally written for viola with the title “La melodia segreta”, but has been arranged for violin and double bass by the cellist Jakob Kullberg

Solo pieces – both archaic and plain out virtuosic

Six of the works on this release are for solo double bass. The size and volume of the double bass gives ample possibility for the composers to work with different aspects of sound colour and sound changes. Auerbah’s beautiful “Memory of a Tango”, Scelsi’s meditative “Mantram” and Kurtag’s poetic “Message” are outstanding examples of this. Hauta-aho and Salle also display the more virtuoso aspects of modern double bass playing in their pieces.

Release date:

EAN : 7033662013241

Cat.No.: PSC1324

Priskategori : CD

Link til booklet : nedlasting