HORNER Pas de Deux / Mari and Håkon Samuelsen

JAMES HORNER
Pas de Deux

ARVO PÄRT: Fratres
GIOVANNI SOLLIMA: Violoncelles, Vibrez!
LUDOVICO EINAUDI: Divenire
Mari and Håkon Samuelsen
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko
Int. Release 25 May. 2015
1 CD / Download
0289 481 1487 0
Mercury Classics


Track List

James Horner (1953 - )
Pas de Deux

1.
9:20

Pas de Deux

2.
13:44

Pas de Deux

3.
4:38

Mari Samuelsen, Hakon Samuelsen, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Arvo Pärt (1935 - )
Mari Samuelsen, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell

Giovanni Sollima (1962 - )
Alisa Weilerstein, Hakon Samuelsen, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell

Ludovico Einaudi (1955 - )
Mari Samuelsen, Hakon Samuelsen, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell

Total Playing Time: 56:17

. . . [Horner's] gift for poetic, atmospheric evocations here encourages imaginary visualisations within "Pas De Deux", which opens like sunrise. A dappling of sunlight followed by the full awed glory of illumination. The mood is romantic and floating, like a weightless dance, until rolling tympani in Part II usher in a more oceanic, dramatic mood.

. . . an amazing debut . . . flowing with the quality, love and devotion it obviously took for them to create this delightful, crisp album . . . [the Samuelsens] combine the highest artistic standards with entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm and drive to create projects that bring classical musical to as wide as possible an audience.

A thoroughly likeable disc.

. . . [Horner's "Pas de deux" is] a sweeping, rich and sonorous work, with strong themes and some beautiful orchestration . . . Performances by all concerned are excellent throughout.

Admirers of Horner's movie work will know what to expect: soaring post-Romantic orchestration that is easily redolent of the graceful pitch and yaw of a spacecraft or a tender moment between Leo and Kate . . . Giovanni Sollima's "Violoncelles, vibrez!" (with Alisa Weilerstein, no less) is great fun in its rhythmic effects.

The work begins strongly with a striking ascending theme . . . That opening melody instantly grabs the listener . . . This is followed by a meandering soundscape of lushly orchestrated music . . . The soloists are very prominent but blend reasonably well with the orchestra. The engineers effectively capture Homer's sound world . . . The music comes as close to the Horner sound transposed into the concert hall as seems likely, so Horner's many fans should enjoy it. So should anyone who is attracted to the Komgold and Barber Violin Concertos . . . [this work] could be an ideal vehicle to showcase the concertmaster and principal cellist of any orchestra.

It's as though the composer had deliberately set out to write a half hour's worth of the most bewitchingly beautiful music he could possibly manage, and form, virtuosity, and other technical niceties be damned. The astonishing thing is how well it all works. From the opening dialogue, framed by the sort of diaphanous backdrop of which Ravel would have been proud, "Pas de Deux" casts the sort of spell that really can't be explained as being more than the sum of its admittedly lovely parts.

[Horner]: Ein zartes, schüchternes Annähern von Violine und Violoncello vor einer Streicherkulisse, die wie aus einer anderen Welt herüberzuklingen scheint . . . Was hier so intim beginnt, entwickelt sich in drei in ineinander übergehenden Sätzen zu einem zunächst melancholischen, schließlich jedoch wild-leidenschaftlichen Pas de deux zweier Instrumente, die unbedingt miteinander wollen . . . unwillkürlich entstehen beim Hören vor dem geistigen Auge Bilder von Landschaften, durchaus von der norwegischen Heimat der Musikergeschwister Mari und Hakon Samuelsen geprägt: Die Gedanken schweben über endlose Weiten, stille Täler, tiefe Seen und beeindruckende, majestätische Bergpanoramen . . . "Pas de deux" läßt die beiden exzellenten Solisten gemeinsam mit dem Royal Philharmonic Orchestra unter der Leitung von Vasily Petrenko eine große, knapp halbstündige farbenreiche Rhapsodie singen. Eine Rhapsodie, die die Choreographie einer Liebeserklärung zweier Instrumente musikalisiert, die in einem Poème de l'extase mündet . . . ein mutiges postminimalistisches Konzeptalbum gestandener Komponisten. Hier trauen sich zwei junge Wilde aus dem hohen Norden Melancholie und Meditation durch den Katalysator musikalischer Hypnose zu schicken. Und das tun sie bei vollem Bewusstsein. Eine CD wie ein Statement!