Minna Pensola – Oceano (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Minna Pensola – Oceano (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:10:07 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

Minna Pensola, violin, performs extensively as a chamber musician and soloist collaborating with conductors such as Sakari Oramo and John Storgards. She is a founding member of the string quartet Meta4, which performs regularly in musical centres around the world. Minna Pensola is also co-founder of the Punavuori Chamber Music Society and was artistic director of the Sysm”a Summer Sounds Festival between 2006 and 2012. She teaches at the Sibelius Academy. Minna Pensola studied at the Sibelius Academy, Musikhochschule Z”urich and European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) and enjoyed the valuable guidance of Kaija Saarikettu, Ana Chumachenko, Hatto Beyerle and Josef Rissin.

It is primarily for his large-scale orchestral works that Sebastian Fagerlund (born 1972) has attracted attention, but throughout his career he has also composed chamber music. In his production, orchestral and chamber music have a fruitful relationship in which a chamber work may contain the germ of ideas that then appear in a new form in an orchestral score. One example of this is Fuel – a set of six miniatures from 2010 – which grows out of the same basic material as Ignite, a work for large orchestra completed in the same year, although they differ greatly in scale and in character. Common to the two genres is also Fagerlund’s firm grasp of the capabilities of the instruments he is writing for.

Some of Finland’s leading instrumentalists join forces on the present album, with French horn player Herv’e Joulain making an appearance in Transient Light, which is dedicated to him. The six works were composed between 2007 and 2013 and are all for different constellations and of varying dimensions – from a brief duo in one movement (Scherzic) to a quartet in six (Verso l’interno). But there are also common features that recur throughout the programme; for example machine-like textures against which material with longer lines is reflected, and influences from other genres such as traditional music from the Middle East or rock. These do not appear as direct stylistic loans, however, but rather as elements embedded in Fagerlund’s own music.

1. Minna Pensola – Oceano: I. Sonore
2. Minna Pensola – Oceano: II. Agitato
3. Christoffer Sundqvist – Fuel: No. 1, Presto preciso
4. Christoffer Sundqvist – Fuel: No. 2, Molto ritmico e meccanico
5. Christoffer Sundqvist – Fuel: No. 3, Leggiero
6. Christoffer Sundqvist – Fuel: No. 4, Tranquillo poco rubato
7. Christoffer Sundqvist – Fuel: No. 5, Molto ritmico e meccanico
8. Christoffer Sundqvist – Fuel: No. 6, Esaltato
9. Herv’e Joulain – Transient Light
10. Christoffer Sundqvist – I. Meccanico con forza
11. Christoffer Sundqvist – II. Lento misterioso
12. Christoffer Sundqvist – III. Introduzione quasi libero – Esaltato
13. Atte Kilpelainen – Scherzic
14. Meta4 – I. Pr`ologo. Tranquillo
15. Meta4 – II. Danza I. Feroce
16. Meta4 – III. Danza II. Agitato
17. Meta4 – IV. Canto. Mesto
18. Meta4 – V. Danza III. Agitato capriccioso
19. Meta4 – VI. Epilogo. Tranquillo