Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Rock Score; Cello Concerto No. 1; Transe-Choral

Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Rock Score; Cello Concerto No. 1; Transe-Choral

by Juha Kangas
     
 

In these three works for strings, Pehr Henrik Nordgren displays his exhaustive catalog of technical devices and impressive sonorities, but demonstrates that he has too few musical ideas, insufficient methods to develop them, and little concept of form. The various sounds Nordgren requires of the string orchestra are not novel, since every harmonic, tremolo, snap… See more details below

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In these three works for strings, Pehr Henrik Nordgren displays his exhaustive catalog of technical devices and impressive sonorities, but demonstrates that he has too few musical ideas, insufficient methods to develop them, and little concept of form. The various sounds Nordgren requires of the string orchestra are not novel, since every harmonic, tremolo, snap pizzicato, and glissando has been heard before; and his juxtapositions of rich triadic harmonies in divisi voicings with abrupt atonal gestures in solo parts are stock-in-trade mannerisms of the avant-garde. Nordgren's distracted "Rock Score for 19 strings, Op. 100" (1997), and his desultory "Transe-Chordal for 15 strings, Op. 67" (1985), are easy to dismiss for their predictability, and perhaps more rightly bypassed for their shapelessness and disconnected meandering from event to event, without thematic continuity. The "Concerto No. 1 for cello and string orchestra, Op. 50" (1980), may be easier to accept because the solo part lends some semblance of organization to Nordgren's rambling thoughts, and focuses the listener's concentration adequately. Cellist Marko Ylönen plays with a rich, dark tone and melancholy expression, and Juha Kangas and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra provide a rather understated accompaniment. Yet this piece, like its companions, is too amorphous, lacking in substance, and ultimately forgettable for its vagueness. The reproduction is tolerable, but often too soft to hear without straining.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590013564
catalogNumber:
1356
Rank:
186618

Tracks

  1. Rock Score, for 19 strings, Op. 100  - Pehr Henrik Nordgren  - Juha Kangas  -  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Maarit Kytöharju
  2. Concerto for cello & string orchestra No. 1, Op. 50  - Pehr Henrik Nordgren  - Juha Kangas  -  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Marko Ylönen  - Maarit Kytöharju
  3. Transe-Chordal, for 15 strings, Op. 67  - Pehr Henrik Nordgren  - Juha Kangas  -  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Maarit Kytöharju  - Reijo Tunkkari  - Timo Kangas

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