Monday, June 15, 2015

New Album Releases: PAS DE DEUX (James Horner, Mari Samuelsen, Håkon Samuelsen)

Pas De Deux (James Horner, Mari Samuelsen and Håkon Samuelsen)
James Horner

Performed by
Mari Samuelsen
Håkon Samuelsen
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra


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Record Label:
Mercury Classics


Release Date
May 26, 2015

Order links, audio samples and track list after the jump.

James Horner, Mari Samuelsen and Håkon Samuelsen

Product Description: First concert work in over 30 years from the multi-million selling, Hollywood film composer James Horner presented by dynamic new brother-and-sister team Mari & Hakon Samuelsen

Dynamic sibling duo Mari and Hakon Samuelsen s debut album on Mercury Classics, scheduled for release in May 2015.

This album is centered around the world premiere recording of Oscar-winning star composer James Horner s (Titanic, Avatar) new work Pas de deux, a concerto for Violin, Cello and orchestra written especially for them.

Performing together since childhood the pair have dazzled audiences around the world as soloists and duo.

The piece received its world premiere in November 2014, at the 175th anniversary concert of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko.

The album also features three other celebrated contemporary composers; the meditative Fratres by Arvo Pärt, the rhapsodic Violoncelles, vibrez! by Giovanni Sollima (with cellist Alisa Weilerstein) and the minimalist smash-hit Divenire by Ludovico Einaudi.

Norwegian siblings Mari (violin) and Hakon (cello) have made a name for themselves on the international concert scene, both as soloists and as a duo, for their passionate performances of classicrepertoire. Equally they have proven themselves as restless musical entrepreneurs. For many years they have produced the Christmas Concert from Norway, presented by the princess of Norway, which has been TV broadcast to millions of households across Europe and via PBS in North America.

The concerto was commissioned by Mari and Hakon themselves, with the intention to expand the repertoire for violin and cello duo. It will be recorded for the sibling s debut release in 2015.

Mari and Hakon combine highest artistic standards with entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm and drive to create projects that bring classical musical to a wide as possible an audience.


1. Part 1

2. Part 2

3. Part 3

4. Fratres For Violin, String Orchestra & Percussion

5. Violoncelles, Vibrez!

6. Divenire

7. Passacaglia For Violin And Viola

8. Arabesque from Pas de Deux


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