Nordic NoirDecca Classics
Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen will release a brand new solo albumcalled Nordic Noir on September 15 on Decca Classics. It showcases her passion for contemporary music and celebrates her native culture. For the album, Mari commissioned new music from a host of composers – many of whom have written scores for TV and film – including Frans Bak(The Killing), Uno Helmersson and Johan Söderqvist (The Bridge). The new recording also includes original compositions and arrangements by Arvo Pärtand Ólafur Arnalds, evoking the mood now recognized around the world as "Nordic Noir."
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Mari is almost like sound therapy / Violinist.com
At the emotional heart of the album is Bach's Chaconne in D minor, whose serenity Samuelsen has chosen to counter with the nervous agitation of "Knee Play 2" from Philip Glass's "Einstein on the Beach." The rest of the program grew organically from the seeds of Bach and Glass, tracing themes of change and renewal, from the increasingly complex variations of the Chaconne to the expansive melodic developme...
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