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15 July 2024
Marcus Paus: Cabin Fever - Pandemic Works

Øystein Stensheim (tenor)
Stefan Ibsen Zlatanos (piano
Tora Røstvik (flute)
Bjarne Magnus Jensen (violin)
Ole Christian Haagenrud (piano)
Anders Kregnes Hansen (vibraphone)
Miriam Helms Ålien (violin)
Petter Richter (guitar)
Arctic Philharmonic
Henning Kraggerud (leader)

Whilst the 2020 pandemic lockdown curtailed many artistic activities, it conversely unleashed an extraordinary burst of creativity in leading Norwegian composer Marcus Paus. The fruits were numerous, spanning solo, chamber, vocal and orchestral genres. Collectively they present a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, dynamic rhythms, open sonorities, and poignant intimacy. It is music both immediate and highly personal. These discs host a galaxy of Norway’s finest musicians who obviously love every note!

2 CDs



Marcus Paus: Two Eldritch Songs for voice & piano (2020)

I. Polaris

II. The Nameless City

Marcus Paus: Sonata for solo flute on paintings by Félix Vallotton (2020)

I. The Wind

II. The Ball

III. Sunset

Marcus Paus: The Wounded Angel - Sonatina on paintings by Hugo Simberg for solo violin (2020)

I. The Steam of Life

II. The Garden of Death

III. The Wounded Angel

Marcus Paus: Sonata for Violin and Piano

I. Beyond the Wall of Sleep

II. The Silver Key

III. Dreams in the Witch House

Marcus Paus: Cabin Fever for solo vibraphone (2020)

Marcus Paus: Voyage for solo violin and strings

Marcus Paus: Decameron: Concerto Rifugio for solo guitar & strings (2020)

I. Overture

II. Cavatina I

III. Scherzo I

IV. Interlude I

V. Nocturne I

VI. Dreamscape

VII. Nocturne II

VIII. Interlude II

IX. Waltz

X. Scherzo II

XI. Cavatina II

XII. Interlude III

XIII. Finale

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Audun Strype & Trond Kjelsas
Front Cover Image: Christopher Radlund
Booklet design: Peter Seabourne
Recording Production: Marcus Paus
Total Time: 90:40
Release Date: February 2022

ØYSTEIN STENSHEIM is a sought after soloist in oratorios, operas and sacred works from baroque to contemporary music. He has been a member of Del Norske Solistkor (The Norwegian Soloist Choir) since 2011, and also frequently collaborates with ensembles such as TSOvokal, VocalArt, Barokkanerne, Oslo Circles and Trondheim Barokk.

STEFAN IBSEN ZLATANOS's versatility as a musician ranges from classical, jazz, pop and contemporary music to folk music from Norway and Greece. In demand both as a soloist, accompanist and choral and opera repetiteur, he serves on the faculty of The Norwegian Academy of Music's talent development program. Preludium, his first solo album, was released in 2016. 

TORA R0STVIK has won numerous awards as a flautist. She has performed as a soloist with various orchestras including the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, CoOperate Orchestra, The Norwegian Flute Ensemble, and most recently Antwerpen Camerata. She deputises with the Arctic Philharmonic, Antwerpen Camerata and LSO on a regular basis. 

BJARNE MAGNUS JENSEN is an accomplished and versatile violinist, embracing many different styles. He has performed at festivals such as Ris0r Chamber Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Kyoto International Music Festival and Cervantino Festival in Mexico. Jensen is also sought as guest concertmaster in many of the Norwegian orchestras, and he has been teaching at the Norwegian Academy of Music since 2011. 

OLE CHRISTIAN HAAGENRUD is one of Norway's most sought-after young pianists. A critically acclaimed chamber musician and accompanist, he regularly performs at major festivals in Norway and abroad. His accomplishments have earned him major awards and prizes. Highlights include performances with The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, and appearances at prestigious venues such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Brahms Saal Musikverein in Vienna, JF Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Shanghai Concert Hall. 

ANDERS KREGNES HANSEN is a Norwegian percussionist with a strong focus on contemporary music, performance and innovative genres. He is in high demand as both a chamber musician and soloist. Hansen works regularly with most of the professional orchestras in Norway, as well as in many different ensembles and chamber constellations. He has also contributed on several award winning recordings in contemporary, classical, jazz and pop/rock music. 

MIRIAM HELMS ALIEN, the recipient of numerous international awards and distinctions, is one of the most exciting young artists to emerge from Norway in recent years. She has performed as a soloist with many of the Norwegian orchestras, as well as with orchestras in Germany, Israel, Denmark, Italy, the Czech Republic and Russia. A dedicated and passionate chamber musician, Miriam regularly appears at festivals such as the Beethoven-Woche Bonn, Bergen Intl. Festival, Kissinger Sommer and Verbier Festival & Academy. She is also the founder and artistic director of the international chamber music festival "FESTIVAL TA" in her hometown of Alta, possibly the world's northernmost festival of its kind. An alumna of the Kronberg Academy and protege of Ana Chumachenco, Miriam plays the 1689 "Ragin" Stradivarius violin, generously on loan to her by Anders Sveaas Allmennyttige Fond. 

PETTER RICHTER is considered one of the leading Scandinavian guitarists. He has toured most of Europe, Asia and North America, and played venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie and Grosse Festspielhaus in Salzburg. He has a strong focus on chamber music, performing at highly regarded chamber music festivals playing both the guitar and the lute. He has served as an associate professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music since 2018. 

HENNING KRAGGERUD is both Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and an internationally renowned solo violinist. His extraordinary reach as an artist is a result of his versatility, passion for music, and intensely beautiful performances. His teaching and educational writings provide fascinating insights into his multi-faceted approach to music-making, while his composing, arranging and improvising - frequently woven into his programming - recall the spirit of the old masters such as Josef Suk and Eugene Ysaye. 

SH290     View Booklet     UPC: 8033776712909     

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