- 1Flute Mystery14:12
- 2Warning Zero10:02
- 4Vicino Alla Montagna12:24
- 5Flute Concerto - I. Memento07:16
- 6Flute Concerto - Ii. Reminiscence05:06
- 7Flute Concerto - Iii. Obituary01:51
- 8Flute Concerto - Iv. Awakening04:45
Info for Flute Mystery
Only the full symphony orchestra can impose the true emotional dynamics of the arctic nature. FLUTE MYSTERY is a collection of five orchestral works by Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg. In this distinctive and dynamic surround sound recording, the Philharmonia Orchestra with Emily & Catherine Beynon as soloists on flute & harp are conducted by the legendary Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Vladimir Ashkenazy: 'I am very fond of Scandinavian mentality, the way people express themselves and their spiritual world. It has always been a very special treat for me to conduct and play Scandinavian music and it is a particular pleasure to introduce to the world a very talented Norwegian composer Fred Jonny Berg whose music in its own way is a genuine reflection of his world.'
Berg's music is often described as melodious, accessible and dramatic, yet with a highly original quality. Berg himself tries to explain: 'It is really as simple as it is complicated - I breathe in what life has to offer, and breathe out what I have to offer life. I have given up trying to grasp what actually happens in the process from impression to expression.' In his music Fred Jonny Berg reveals himself as a person who has experienced that life consists of light and dark, but unlike the majority of us he approaches both with a similar undaunted decisiveness; it adds an extra quality to his music: the conviction of an eyewitness
Emily Beynon, flute (1, 5-8)
Catherine Beynon, harp (1)
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor (1, 5-8)
Fred Jonny Berg, conductor (2-4)
Fred Jonny Berg was born in Harstad, north Norway, on 27 May 1973.
Since the beginning of his composing career he has distinguished himself with his distinctively original voice which in many regards is at odds with the conventional trends and 'isms' of contemporary art in general.
As principally autodidact, he has acquired considerable knowledge of composing and performing on several instruments; he is the very archetype of a multitalented, musical polymath.
Fred Jonny Berg's artistic project is geared towards the one goal of producing a genuine, acoustical result. Like his colleague Iannis Xenakis he has a multi-faceted background which includes both practical and aesthetical disciplines. His wide experience of everything from electronics and visual media to local radio and musical-historical research has contributed to his broad field of expertise and understanding of a wide variety of subjects. This has benefited his music at many levels and is one of the reasons behind his distinctive originality as a composer.
His many diametrically different interests produce fascinating results in his compositional sound-world and in numerous other artistic areas such as film, writing and directing, and in his activities as a lecturer and business manager.
Berg's catalogue of works comprises about 200 titles, more than 70 opuses which include a number of commissioned works; over the years he has collaborated with many internationally renowned artists including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir James Galway and Leonard Slatkin.