Music Of Poul Ruders, Vol. 6
Label: Bridge Records
Vassily Primakov, piano, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Thomas Søndergård, conductor; Bel Canto (2004): Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin; Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean (2004): Mikko Luoma, accordion, iO String Quartet;
With the international success of his operas and symphonic works during the past decade, the Danish composer Poul Ruders has been acclaimed as a major figure in today's musical world. Volume 6 of Bridge's Poul Ruders series presents the premiere recordings of recent solo, chamber and orchestral compositions. The newest work is Ruders's Piano Concerto No. 2, a brilliant 24-minute composition in three movements. The work was recorded by its first executants, the Russian/American piano virtuoso Vassily Primakov, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Søndergård. Bel Canto was composed by Ruders for the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition. The short work is introverted in nature, and is in effect a study in sustained playing and refined tone. Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean is arguably Ruders's finest chamber work- a 33 minute, nine movement piece, inspired by the writings of the late Carl Sagan. In this piece, Ruders produces a stunning variety of textures and expression from his five performers.