Mozart Violin Concertos - KV 216, 218, 219 (2006)


Marianne Thorsen, TrondheimSolistene

With this recording we wish to present a fresh version of the most elegant violin concertos in the history of music. While respecting the origin and tradition of this music, we have sought a new and dynamic musical experience rooted in our present time. To us, Mozart is as solid as rock, as soft as snow, and as clear as ice; this recording embraces the listener in a sonic world that invites him or her to participate actively in the experience, in close and mutual interaction with the soloist and the orchestra. Only in this way can we genuinely express our love of Mozart’s music.

This album from 2L was declared a "Record to Die For" by Stereophile Magazine and won the Spellemann-prize as Best Classical Album when it was first released in 2006. In only a decade this recording with Marianne Thorsen and TrondheimSolistene has manifested as a classic audiophile reference, the world's very first commercial recording in DXD resolution.

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Marianne Thorsen

Marianne Thorsen began playing the violin at the age of four at the municipal music school in Trondheim, where Bjarne Fiskum was her principal teacher. She studied with Felicity Lipman in London and later with György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1994 she graduated from the Royal Academy with a DipRAM. In 1998 Marianne was nominated Young Soloist of the Year by the Norwegian concert institution Rikskonsertene. She won the Carl F. Flesch Outstanding Merit Prize in 1992, the Emily English Award 1995 and the Concours Internationale de Violon de Sion-Valais 2003. Marianne has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Prague Philharmonia and the Oslo Philharmonic.

Marianne Thorsen is also a founding member of the Leopold String Trio. The trio has become one of Europe's leading chamber music ensembles and have given concerts at Carnegie Hall, Musikverein and the Concertgebouw. In 2000 she was appointed leader of the Nash Ensemble of London. Marianne is professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Department of Music at NTNU in Trondheim. On this recording she plays a Pressenda violin made in Turin in 1841.

photo: from booklet 2L038


The Trondheim Soloists (Trondheimsolistene) from Norway is one of the most exciting young ensembles performing on the international stage.

February 2011. A group of classical musicians from Norway is back at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, sharing the red carpet with the greatest names in musical entertainment. They’re not from a powerhouse orchestra in Oslo or Bergen, but from a picturesque town hemmed in by mountains and a fjord. They’re the Trondheim Soloists, accepting their fifth Grammy nomination in three years.

It’s the latest in a long list of accolades. The ensemble’s spirit, diligence and innovation are paying off again – this pure, lithe, unpredictable and idiosyncratic group fast building a reputation for quality and originality.

It started in 1988. The ensemble for training young string players soon became known for its energy and warmth. On its first foreign tour, London audiences wouldn’t stop clapping. The Trondheim Soloists turned professional, but the spirit of apprenticeship stayed: student musicians became part of its constitution.

Major collaborations followed. Anne-Sophie Mutter sought-out the ensemble’s energy and verve. Leif Ove Andsnes tapped into its smoothness and sensitivity. Folk and rock artists discovered its versatility and openness.

Trondheim, though, always shines through. They call it ‘the city with a heart’. And that’s precisely what you hear in the unmistakable Trondheim sound.


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Mozart Violin Concertos - KV 216, 218, 219 (2006)


Marianne Thorsen, TrondheimSolistene

Amplifiers: Millennia Media
Digital Converters: SPHYNX2 converters
Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Microphones: DPA
Recording Engineer: Hans Peter L’Orange and Morten Lindberg
Recording location: Selbu Church, Norway - May 2006
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD (the world's very first commercial recording in DXD resolution)

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