Thoresen - Ravel - Anvik Vebjørn Anvik
- Lasse Thoresen (1949):
- 1Invocations of Pristine Light08:35
- 2Invocations of Rising Air08:21
- 3Invocations of Crystal Waters05:27
- 4Stages of the Inner Dialouge11:26
- Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937):
- 5Miroirs, Noctuelles04:42
- 6Miroirs, Oiseaux tristes04:06
- 7Miroirs, Une barque sur l'océan07:05
- 8Miroirs, Alborada del grocioso06:50
- 9Miroirs, LA vallée des cloches06:20
Info for Thoresen - Ravel - Anvik
This is the first solo album by the Norwegian pianist Vebjørn Anvik. The album was recorded in the beautiful acoustics in one of the oldest concert venues in Oslo, famous for its lovely sound, Den Gamle Logen. The repertoire chosen for this project is the combination of Lasse Thoresen and Maurice Ravel.
Vebjørn Anvik, who has on a number of occasions given brilliant interpretations of my music, has told me that for this album release he has chosen a Ravel piece that represents Impressionism, and that this style and its subsequent derivatives throughout the years have certain features that he and others find similar to some of my works. He has asked me to comment on this.
Impressionism was far from my mind when I began composing. My first and most formative compositional ideal during my teenage years was Fartein Valen, a Norwegian pioneer of modernism, who wrote motif-based, atonal music that was o en very rigorously structured. His education and musical forebears place him firmly in the Brahms-Beethoven-Bach tradition of composers who favoured a strict structural basis for their compositions and who were partial to an organic development of form. My ideals in the area of compositional technique are found in this group, in other words they are German, not French. …
Vebjørn Anvik, piano
(b. 1962) is a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He studied piano with Eline Nygaard, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg and Peter Feuchtwanger, and a ended master classes given by Elisabeth Leonskaja and Hans Leygraf. He garnered rave reviews for his debut recital in Oslo in 1981, and has since then held a number of solo concerts and performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. In 1993 Vebjørn Anvik received a prestigious Norwegian award, the Levin Prize, for his piano playing. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at a large number of Norwegian and European music festivals. Among his recordings is Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365, on the Chandos label, with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Håvard Gimse/Iona Brown. Vebjørn Anvik is the pianist in the Grieg Trio, founded in 1987. With this ensemble he has toured throughout Europe, Asia and the USA, won several national and international awards, and made a variety of CD recordings. In addition to performing, he teaches at the Norwegian Academy of Music.