Patientia (World Premiere Recording) & Philip Glass “The American Four Seasons”

Anja Lauvdal, Edward Gardner, Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Olga Jorgensen, Sara Övinge

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For her new album Patientia from Lawo Classics, violinist Sara Övinge brings us performances of Philip Glasss Concerto No. 2 ‘The American Four Seasons’ arranged for synthesizer and strings and the World Premiere Recording of Kjetil Bjerkestrand’s Violin Concerto No. 1 ‘Patientia’.  

Accompanying Ovinge on the album are the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, Olga Jorgensen, Synthesizer (Glass Violin Concerto “American Four Seasons”), Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Synthesizer (Bjerkestrand Violin Concerto) and Anja Lauvdal, Synthesizer (Bjerkestrand Violin Concerto).  The album is exclusively available in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 and DXD from NativeDSD Music! 

A theme that Sara aimed to pursue in the project was the juxtaposition of the Electronic and the Organic. Philip Glass’s 2nd Piano Concerto “The American Four Seasons” is arranged for Synthesizer and Strings. A kind of updated version of Vivaldi’s String Orchestra with continuo. But where previous recordings have gone for an Electronic sound resembling the Baroque Harpsichord, Sara wanted to create a more electro-acoustic soundscape, thus achieving a common thread between the two works. If you want to do this with the intellectual property of a living artist, you’ll of course have to ask for permission. In communication with Glass’s representatives it was made clear that the voice called “Keyboard” in the score was allowed to be a sound “chosen by own judgment and taste”.

Special Thanks to Tom Wei at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins for arranging for the use of a 1740s Carlo Bergonzi of Cremona on this album. This recording has been made possible with support from Arts Council Norway, The Audio and Visual Fund, Creo, The Union for Arts and Culture, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and The Savings Bank Foundation DNB.


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Sara Övinge, Violin
Olga Jorgensen, Synthesizer (Philip Glass Violin Concerto “American Four Seasons”)
Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Synthesizer (Bjerkestrand Violin Concerto)
Anja Lauvdal, Synthesizer (Bjerkestrand Violin Concerto)
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Edward Gardner, Conductor

Tracklist

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1.
Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Prologue
01:40
2.
Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Movement I
06:14
3.
Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Song No. 1
03:16
4.
Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Movement II
10:26
5.
Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Song No. 2
01:59
6.
Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Movement III
06:22
7.
Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Song No. 3
03:28
8.
Violin Concerto No. 2 - The American Four Seasons: Movement IV
06:54
9.
Violin Concerto No. 1 - Patientia: Våghals
06:00
10.
Violin Concerto No. 1 - Patientia: En & tyve
03:33
11.
Violin Concerto No. 1 - Patientia: Descent & Ascent
05:43
12.
Violin Concerto No. 1 - Patientia: Seven
05:20
13.
Violin Concerto No. 1 - Patientia: Ups & Downs
06:12
14.
Violin Concerto No. 1 - Patientia: Patientia
04:52

Total time: 01:11:59

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Financial Support

This recording has been made possible with support from Arts Council Norway, The Audio and Visual Fund, Creo, The Union for Arts and Culture, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and The Savings Bank Foundation DNB

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Thomas Wolden

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Vegard Landaas

Recording Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Recording Location

Sofienberg Church on August 2-6, 2021

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to Tom Wei at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins for arranging for the use of a 1740s Carlo Bergonzi of Cremona on this album

Release DateJune 23, 2023

Press reviews

Positive Feedback

Violinist Sara Övinge provides a master’s class in violin performance with tremendous technique and full-on, take-no-hostages, drive. She delivers the full package in performing the demanding, virtuosic and intricate solo violin passages–just Wow! The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra provides a rhythmic, fully complementary orchestral backdrop. (And, as a side note, you could have knocked me over with a feather when telling me the first work on this album was composed by Philip Glass. This composition is winning me over!)

The second work on this album, “Patientia” by Kjetil Bjerkestrand, is music I found myself coming back to several times over the weeks after I first listened to it. And each time, I found more to appreciate. It has layers upon layers of musical complexity to explore and to come to grips with. Each new listening session was rewarding as I became more aware of the warp and weave of his design. There is an underlying strength to this work, beyond the rhythmic complexity, that I’ve come to find most gratifying…

There is a fundamental profundity to this composition. The simplicity of certain elements is ultimately overtaken by this undercurrent. The music is therein both complex and ultimately quite straight-forward and satisfying. So, I encourage you to come back to this music for a second and a third or even a fourth time before passing judgement. I think you will be rewarded, as I have been.

Positive Feedback

‘Patientia’ is a stunningly good album. The more I listen, the more I hear. I’m on my fifth listen now and enjoying it more and more. And Sara Övinge is marvelous — thank you so much for this music!

Vanderholst Arts Management – VAM Artists

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Sara Övinge introduces her new recording ‘Patientia’ with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Edward Gardner conducting. Out on Friday whoop! on Lawo Classics.

The album includes a World Premiere of Kjetil Bjerkestrand’s Violin Concerto, written for Sara. Paired with Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, The American Four Seasons.

It’s fabulous and we implore you to listen!

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