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Per Nørgård & Poul Ruders: Works for Solo Cello

Wilhelmina Smith

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Cello Sonata No. 1  
1.1
I. Lento ma espansivo - Allegro non troppo
Per Nørgård; Wilhelmina Smith
6:06
1.2
II. Tranquillo
Per Nørgård; Wilhelmina Smith
5:51
1.3
III. Allegro con brio
Per Nørgård; Wilhelmina Smith
4:25
Cello Sonata No. 2 "In due tempi"  
1.4
I. Solo intimo
Per Nørgård; Wilhelmina Smith
10:51
1.5
II. Solo in scèna
Per Nørgård; Wilhelmina Smith
8:50
Cello Sonata No. 3 "What - Is the Word!"  
1.6
I. Prayer I
Per Nørgård; Wilhelmina Smith
2:20
1.7
II. Outcry
Per Nørgård; Wilhelmina Smith
3:12
1.8
III. Prayer II
Per Nørgård; Wilhelmina Smith
1:57
Bravourstudien  
1.9
I. Overture
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
2:20
1.10
II. Recitative
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
1:09
1.11
III. Serenade I
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
2:50
1.12
IV. Potpourri
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
0:51
1.13
V. Etude
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
1:25
1.14
VI. Intermezzo
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
1:36
1.15
VII. Fantasia
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
1:27
1.16
VIII. Serenade II
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
3:24
1.17
IX. Finale. Variation classique
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
2:49
1.18
X. L'homme armé
Poul Ruders; Wilhelmina Smith
0:51
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    62:14
Cellist Wilhelmina Smith’s second album on Ondine continues exploring contemporary Nordic repertoire for solo cello. In her new album Smith has focus on Danish contemporary composers, Per Nørgård (b. 1932) and Poul Ruders (b. 1949). Both Nørgård and Ruders are known for their large-scale orchestral works. Nørgård, in particular, is known for his eight symphonies and has been hailed by many as one of the greatest living symphonists. It is therefore intriguing to look closer to his two very early lyrical solo cello sonatas, early masterpieces written just before completing his 1st Symphony. In 1980, the composer revised his second sonata by adding an extensive second movement, almost an entirely new sonata, to the existing work. Nørgård’s 3rd sonata “What – Is the Word!” from 1999 is a short “Sonata breve” that takes its title from a quote by Irish playwriter Samuel Beckett. Another major Danish composer of our times, Poul Ruders (b. 1949), has also written 5 symphonies alongside several concertos and three operas. Ruders wrote his 10-movement Bravourstudien in 1976, just at the brink of a major stylistic change. This work is a set of variations on a Medieval folk tune “L’homme armé”. In this work, however, the original theme is heard at the very end of the work.
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