Sebastian Fagerlund: Isola


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Sebastian Fagerlund: Isola



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27th June 2011




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Sebastian Fagerlund: Isola


Clarinet Concerto

Christoffer Sundqvist (clarinet)

Partita for string orchestra and percussion

Isola for symphony orchestra


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Born in 1972, Sebastian Fagerlund was recently described as ‘yet another obscenely talented young musician from Finland’ (MusicWeb International). The musicians of the eminent Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra revel in the composer’s striking gift for orchestration, in performances supervised by the rapidly emerging young conductor Dima Slobodeniouk, The clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvist’s playing served as inspiration for the composer as he wrote his colourful and eventful Clarinet Concerto.

Partita is a work consisting of three movements with titles that mirror the composer’s concerns: Cerimonia (Ceremony), Risonanza (Resonance) and Preghiera (Prayer).

Closing the disc is Isola (Island) which sprang from a visit by the composer to an island in the Turku archipelago formerly used to segregate lepers and the mentally ill from the rest of society - an ‘isle of the dead’ which today is an idyllic holiday location. A similar alternation of darkness and light, of movement and motionlessness, of violence and sensitivity, permeates Fagerlund’s tone poem.

Sebastian Fagerlund: Clarinet Concerto

I. Entrata

II. Rituale - Intermezzo I

III. L'ombra muta - Intermezzo II (Cadenza)

IV. Urbana

Sebastian Fagerlund: Partita for Percussion and String Orchestra

I. Cerimonia: Misterioso

II. Risonanza: Furioso

III. Preghiera: Intenso

Sebastian Fagerlund: Isola

I. Introduzione

II. Agitato capriccioso

Gramophone Magazine

September 2011

“Dedicated performances and fine recording quality give the music every chance to speak.”

BBC Music Magazine

September 2011


“a composer who can side with his great countryman Sibelius without the slightest need for self-protective irony. These are three strong, freshly poetic pieces, that make themselves understood directly without any kind of verbal conceptual help - and yet which also reward repeated hearings...Full marks to clarinettist Christopher Sundqvist, the Gothenburg Symphony and Dima Slobodeniouk for putting all this music across with such power, intelligence and refinement”

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