Encores - Alfvén, Etc / Kroumata Percussion Ensemble
The percussion ensemble Kroumata has been astounding audiences around the world for over 25 years. The concert halls that they have visited during their tours of over 35 countries include the Lincoln Center in New York, Berliner Philharmonie and Wiener Konzerthaus as well as less conventional venues such as a quarry in Northern Sweden and their own headquarters, a former cinema in central Stockholm. Many audiences - and buyers of their several BIS recordings - have met Kroumata as soloists with symphony orchestra, others perhaps as an integral part in a performance of modern dance, performing works as diverse as Sofia Gubaidulina, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Steve Reich, Toru Takemitsu and Sven David Sandström. On this disc we meet a different Kroumata, as the ensemble performs some of their favourite encores, ranging from a Bulgarian dance to foxtrot, from the lyricism of Alfvén's 'Skogen sover' to the sultriness of a tango. Most of the pieces have been composed or arranged by members of Kroumata, and fully exploit all colours, nuances and spectacular effects of this colourful and spectacular ensemble, supported by guest artists such as baritone Håkon Hagegård and the folk musician Ziya Aytekin, who adds his Turkish flutes to the palette.
Catalog Number: BIS-SACD-1452
Composer: Anders Holdar, Anders Loguin, Charles Leslie Johnson, Felix Arndt, George Hamilton Green, Hugo Alfvén, Johan Silvmark, John Eriksson, Leif Karlsson, Torbjörn Engström, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kroumata Percussion Ensemble
Performer: Håkan Hagegård