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Christina Sandsengen - SHADES & CONTRASTS

Christina Sandsengen - SHADES & CONTRASTS

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD326
UPC: 855317003264
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  1. 01 – Carlo Domeniconi – Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19) – I Moderato
  2. 02 – Carlo Domeniconi – Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19) – II Mosso
  3. 03 – Carlo Domeniconi – Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19) – III Cantabile
  4. 04 – Carlo Domeniconi – Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19) – IV Presto
  5. 05 – Isaac Albeniz – Mallorca (Op. 202)
  6. 06 – Isaac Albeniz – Asturias (from Suite Espanola Op. 47)
  7. 07 – Francisco Tarrega – Lagrima
  8. 08 – Anonymous – Spanish Romance
  9. 09 – Sven Lundestad – Late at Night
  10. 10 – Dionisio Aguado – Andante & Rondo (Op. 2 No. 3)
  11. 11 – Agustin Barrios Mangore – La Catedral – I Preludio Saudade
  12. 12 – Agustin Barrios Mangore – La Catedral – II Andante Religios
  13. 13 – Agustin Barrios Mangore – La Catedral – III Allegro Solemne
  14. 14 – Egberto Gismonti – Agua e Vinho

CHRISTINA SANDSENGEN – Shades & Contrasts

Domeniconi, Albéniz, Tárrega, Lundestad, Aguado, Barrios, Gismonti

At just 27 years old, Norwegian guitarist Christina Sandsengen has already established herself as one of the leading European guitarists of her generation. Her debut release for Odradek pays tribute both to her Scandinavian roots and to the great Iberian guitar tradition, represented by such classics as Francisco Tárrega’s Lágrima and Isaac Albéniz’s Asturias. In addition, Sandsengen’s programme of expressive and colourful 19th and 20th century repertoire features music by two South American mavericks: Nitsuga Mangoré, the self-styled “Paganini of the guitar from the jungles of Paraguay” whose Bachian depiction of a gloomy Cathedral is contrasted with Água e Vinho from the pen of the uniquely creative Brazilian Egberto Gismonti. Latin flamboyance makes way for a Nordic nocturne in the jazzy Late at Night by legendary Norwegian guitar pedagogue Sven Lundestad. Performed with a deeply lyrical feel for melody and an unerringly virtuosic sense of tension, Sandsengen’s recording is an intensely personal statement, as she says “in hearing it, you know me”.

Booklet in English, Spanish and German.
Program notes by Joanna Wyld.

Reviews

FOUR STARS
“The gifted young Norwegian guitarist Christina Sandsengen pays homage to the dominant Spanish guitar tradition and a wider range of influences on a debut collection showcasing skill and no small virtuosity.”
The Independent - Andy Gill / 20 September 2014

“The recital opens with a terrific account of Domeniconi’s Koyunbaba… by turns emphatic, fragile, bold, tender and wild…”
Gramophone - William Yeoman / December 2014

“Norwegian guitarist Christina Sandsengen’s technique is flawless… But the best reason to purchase this disc is for the rarities… Wonderful.”
The Arts Desk - Graham Rickson / 6 December 2014

“… [a] divinely played and deeply moving program. If you love classical guitar, this disc is absolutely indispensable.”
Fanfare - Jerry Dubins / 12 July 2015

“She is at her most sensitive in the more soulful numbers… this accomplished recital certainly augurs well for the future…”
International Record Review - Julian Haylock / March 2015

“Shades & Contrasts is a quite stunning debut CD from the Norwegian guitarist Christina Sandsengen… These are outstanding performances, delivered with a flawless technique and sumptuous tone. Expect to hear a lot more of this artist.”
TheWholeNote.com / December 2015

“… she is a sensitive listener, who delves deep into the spirit of the music. With her precise, soft touch she unfolds a delicate and light sound…”
Pizzicato - Guy Engels / 11 March 2015

“Truly extraordinary… in every moment we have the feeling of being before an important and, above all, very personal guitarist.”
Scherzo - Josep Pascual / March 2015

“It’s an imaginatively planned recital program mixing the familiar and the unfamiliar… Odradek is a unique label since it is collectively owned and operated by the artists who record for it. It’s a non-profit, democratic, co-operative structure, and they make top-quality products.”
Fanfare - Martin Anderson / 29 January 2015

“When the spirited Iberian guitar tradition meets Scandinavian coolness, the resulting music is full of contrasts… performed by Christina Sandsengen with great sensitivity”.
hr2-kultur - Elke Ottenschzläger / 27 January 2015

FIVE STARS
“… a svelte style that releases the strength of this unpretentious, timeless instrument.”
Amazon Customer Review - DDH / 2 October 2015

FIVE STARS
“All I can say is simply amazing, every day listening music. Beautiful.”
Amazon Customer Review - Thomas Miccio / 4 October 2014

FIVE STARS
“Wonderful CD.”
Amazon Customer Review - Erik S. / 26 January 2015

01 – Carlo Domeniconi – Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19) – I Moderato // Carlo Domeniconi
  1. 01 – Carlo Domeniconi – Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19) – I Moderato // Carlo Domeniconi
  2. 02 – Carlo Domeniconi – Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19) – II Mosso // Carlo Domeniconi
  3. 03 – Carlo Domeniconi – Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19) – III Cantabile // Carlo Domeniconi
  4. 04 – Carlo Domeniconi – Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19) – IV Presto // Carlo Domeniconi
  5. 05 – Isaac Albeniz – Mallorca (Op. 202) // Christina Sandsengen - SHADES & CONTRASTS
  6. 06 – Isaac Albeniz – Asturias (from Suite Espanola Op. 47) // Christina Sandsengen - SHADES & CONTRASTS
  7. 07 – Francisco Tarrega – Lagrima // Christina Sandsengen - SHADES & CONTRASTS
  8. 08 – Anonymous – Spanish Romance // Christina Sandsengen - SHADES & CONTRASTS
  9. 09 – Sven Lundestad – Late at Night // Christina Sandsengen - SHADES & CONTRASTS
  10. 10 – Dionisio Aguado – Andante & Rondo (Op. 2 No. 3) // Christina Sandsengen - SHADES & CONTRASTS
  11. 11 – Agustin Barrios Mangore – La Catedral – I Preludio Saudade // Agustín Barrios Mangoré
  12. 12 – Agustin Barrios Mangore – La Catedral – II Andante Religios // Agustín Barrios Mangoré
  13. 13 – Agustin Barrios Mangore – La Catedral – III Allegro Solemne // Agustín Barrios Mangoré
  14. 14 – Egberto Gismonti – Agua e Vinho // Christina Sandsengen - SHADES & CONTRASTS