Garden of Devotion (2019)

Rolf Martinsson

Lisa Larsson, Netherlands Chamber Orchesta

Gordan Nikolic

Rolf Martinsson is one of Sweden's internationally leading composers. On this album five works are gathered.

One work is for soprano and string orchestra: Garden of Devotion is a collection of poems by Rabindranath Tagore set to music by Martinsson in 2013.

In To the Shadow of Reality, the soprano is istead accompanied by string quartet in these five songs with lyrics by Swedish poetess Karin Boye.

A.S. in memoriam is a piece for string orchestra. Composed in 1999; it is a homage to Arnold Schoenberg.

A piece called Landscape for solo violin is dated 2010 and takes its inspiration from The Strand, a painting by Edvard Munch.

The album closes with a work for chamber orchestra, Kalliope, composed in 2004.

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Lisa Larsson

Following an early career as a flautist, Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson  studied singing in Basel, Switzerland. During her first engagements, at the Zurich Opera, she worked with conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst  and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. After her debut with Riccardo Muti at La Scala  di Milano, she quickly established herself internationally, in particular  as a Mozart interpreter, performing Pamina, Susanna, Ilia, Zerlina, Zaide,  Servillia, Fortuna and Ismene. She has appeared at renowned European  opera-houses including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro la Fenice, the Bavarian State Opera, the Grand Théatre de Génève, the Opéra de Monte Carlo, the Leipzig Opera, the Theater Basel, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Danish Opera as well as at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Equally at home on the concert platform, Lisa Larsson is internationally renowned for her diversity and artistry. 

Recently added repertoire includes works by Brahms, Berlioz, Mahler,  Richard Strauss, Britten, Stravinsky as well as contemporary composers.  She has performed with many of today’s most notable conductors,  including Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, David Zinman, Edo de Waart,  Daniel Harding, Adam Fischer, Mikhail Pletnev, Antonello Manacorda,  Lawrence Renes, Massimo Zanetti, Louis Langrée, Andrew Manze,  Douglas Boyd, Juanjo Mena and Vassily Sinasky, in collaborations with  orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonics, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonics, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Stockholm Philharmonics, the Nederlands Philharmonics, the Hong Kong Philharmonics and the NHK Orchestra, Tokyo. 

Gordan Nikolic

He has conducted the Chamber Orchestra of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France, the Manchester Camerata, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, among others: during the 2005/2006 season, he conducted the Orchestre de Lille. Since 2004, he has been Artistic Director of the Nederlands Kamerorkest (= Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), which is based in Amsterdam. With this orchestra, he has programmed various memorable productions, such as Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat with kinetic painter Norman Perryman, and Weill's Die sieben Todsünden with theatre company Dogtroep. Nikoli´ c has already recorded several CDs with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, which include works by Britten, Bartók and Hartmann, among others. In 2000, he was appointed "Prince Consort Professor" for string ensembles at the Royal College of Music. Since September 2003, he has also been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music. In the Netherlands, Nikoli´c also teaches at the Rotterdam Academy for Classical Music. Gordan Nikolic´ has a special interest in chamber music, and is regularly invited to perform at various festivals. These include the Musique à l'Empéri Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Daytona Music Festival, Chaise-Dieu Festival and the London Proms, where he has performed with such musicians as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Pieter Wispelwey, Christophe Coin, Eric Le Sage, Maria João Pires, Mikhaïl Pletnev, Emmanuel Ax, Leif Ove Andsnes and Tim Hugh. Recently, he has joined the Vellinger String Quartet. He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bâle, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he played the Walton Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn. In 2003, he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, which was recorded for the ‘LSO Live' label, as well as Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 in five concerts in Holland. He gave the première of James MacMillan's Violin Concerto, Deep But Dazzling Darkness, under the baton of the composer with the London Symphony Orchestra. Gordan Nikolic´ has made many recordings for various labels (including Olympia, Lyrinx and Syrius), exploring the lesser-known violin repertoire. One of his recordings, dedicated to Vivaldi, was nominated "Recording of the Month" in Holland, and his Bach recording received an award from DRS3, Switzerland's cultural radio channel. Gordan Nikolic´ plays a Lorenzo Storioni violin dating from 1794.

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Garden of Devotion (2019)

Rolf Martinsson

Lisa Larsson, Netherlands Chamber Orchesta

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Listening to the towering crystal voice of Lisa Larsson carrying the five magical songs about 'unrequited love' to privileged heights, underpinned by the warm strings of The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, fulfilled its stage orchestra's role with verve and apparent pleasure. Everything works fine. I'm sure that in Lisa Larsson's interpretation of these five songs will win many hearts. No wonder. Both composer and dedicated soloist have been working together for a long time, whilst the optimum collaboration with the orchestra finds its origin from the time that Martinsson was Composer in Residence with The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, both belonging to the same cultural entity. (It may be of interest to note that under the pressure of economics, the two orchestras share everything, including the concert venue, but the strings). Bert van der Wolf is famous for the natural quality of Northstar recordings, with just enough ambient sound to make the listener feel like having the best seat in the hall. The orchestra and soloist in front and coming from 'surround' the natural reflection of the walls, thus creating a three dimensional soundstage. However, not so in 'Kalliope'. One wonders if this part has been engineered by different people, preferring a full surround sound picture, like 2L or even Tacet. Or has it been done deliberately by van der Wolf cs. to create the Goddesses omnium presence? It took me by surprise. Performance: 4.5 out of 5 stars Multichannel Sonics: 4 out of 5 stars

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Garden of Devotion (2019)

Rolf Martinsson

Lisa Larsson, Netherlands Chamber Orchesta

Cables: Siltech Mono-Crystal
Digital Converters: dCS, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Microphones: Sonodore
Monitoring Room: Avalon Acoustic & Musikelectronic Geithain
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: NedPho-Koepel, Amsterdam

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Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - Trust Love
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Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - Do Not Keep
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Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - Do No Go
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Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - My Heart
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Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - Lest I Should Know
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A. S. in Memoriam Op. 50a
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To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - Morgon
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To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - Hur kan jag saga
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To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - Fran en stygg flicka
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To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - Du ar min renaste trost
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To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - I rorelse
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Landscape Op. 84
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Kalliope Op. 66 - Calliope Intrada
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Kalliope Op. 66 - Urania
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Kalliope Op. 66 - Terpsichore
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Kalliope Op. 66 - Euterpe
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Kalliope Op. 66 - Polyhymnia
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Kalliope Op. 66 - Melpomene
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Kalliope Op. 66 - Klio
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Kalliope Op. 66 - Erato
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Kalliope Op. 66 - Thalia
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