Garden of Devotion

Lisa Larsson, Netherlands Chamber Orchesta

19.9927.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

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.

Tracklist

1.
Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - Trust Love
06:19
2.
Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - Do Not Keep
03:44
3.
Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - Do No Go
04:35
4.
Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - My Heart
04:08
5.
Garden of Devotion Op. 97 - Lest I Should Know
03:46
6.
A. S. in Memoriam Op. 50a
10:32
7.
To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - Morgon
01:50
8.
To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - Hur kan jag saga
02:45
9.
To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - Fran en stygg flicka
01:52
10.
To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - Du ar min renaste trost
02:55
11.
To the Shadow of Reality Op. 96 (Till skuggan av en verklighet) - I rorelse
02:33
12.
Landscape Op. 84
04:45
13.
Kalliope Op. 66 - Calliope Intrada
03:21
14.
Kalliope Op. 66 - Urania
02:09
15.
Kalliope Op. 66 - Terpsichore
04:09
16.
Kalliope Op. 66 - Euterpe
03:30
17.
Kalliope Op. 66 - Polyhymnia
02:08
18.
Kalliope Op. 66 - Melpomene
03:22
19.
Kalliope Op. 66 - Klio
04:18
20.
Kalliope Op. 66 - Erato
01:56
21.
Kalliope Op. 66 - Thalia
03:17

Total time: 01:17:54

Additional information

Label

SKU

CC72754

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Genres

Cables

Siltech Mono-Crystal

Digital Converters

dCS, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Microphones

Sonodore

Monitoring Room

Avalon Acoustic & Musikelectronic Geithain

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

NedPho-Koepel, Amsterdam

Release Date March 1, 2019

Press reviews

HRAudio.net 4 out of 5

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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