James Horner - Pas De DeuxUniversal Classics
The dynamic, genre-defying Norwegian duo are discussing their hugely successful first major commission, Pas de Deux. It's a hypnotic, post-minimalist concerto for violin and cello by the Academy Award-winning film composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar). It receives its world premiere recording here, and is partnered with hauntingly beautiful works by Arvo Pärt, Ludovico Einaudi, and Giovanni Sollima. Classical stars Mari and Håkon have performed individually at venues as prestigious as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall, and since their early twenties have also worked as a duo. They've had spectacular successes: in 2004 they founded an annual Christmas Concert in Norway which is now broadcast into over 116 million homes internationally. But the lack of duo repertoire has always been a problem. There is just one acknowledged concerto masterpiece for their instruments (Brahms's Double Concerto in A minor), and a handful of other lesser-known pieces to play.
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Mari & Hakon Samuelsen's classical-for-beginners playlist / theguardian
theguardian asked five musicians taking part in the Barbican's Sound Unbound festival to create a playlist for a newcomer to classical music.
The playlist from siblings Mari and Håkon Samuelsen's mix centuries, styles and instruments and includes pieces of music, both old and new, that we've either performed a lot or just love listening to. Some of the tracks have been part of...
What does 'Pure Minimalist Baroque' mean? Hakon & Mari Samuelsen explain / Classicfm
What other artists could successfully marry a solo Bach chaconne with cutting-edge minimalism? Cellist Håkon and violinist Mari Samuelsen bravely tack together mathematically opposite worlds like the French Baroque tradition and Philip Glass with ease. The dynamic, genre-defying Norwegian duo have just released their hugely successful first major commission - Pas de Deux, a post-minimalist conc...
Capital Public Radio: Sound Advice - The last concert work of James Horner
James Horner, Academy Award winning composer, died late last month when the two-seat plane he was flying went down in a field in Los Padres National Forest. The composer had just recently returned to writing music for the concert hall after a 30-year hiatus spent working in movies. In an uncanny quirk of timing, the premier recording of his first new concert work since the 1980's was releas...
Mari & Hakon Samuelsen - James Horner: Pas de Deux / WFMT 'New Release of the Week'
Pas de Deux (2014) was the first concert work in 30 years from the late Academy Award-winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar). The Concerto for Violin and Cello was commissioned and performed by the brother and sister duo of Mari (violin) and Hakon (cello) Samuelsen with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko. The album is completed with works by Pärt, Sollim...
Mari & Hakon Samuelsen: James Horner - Pas De Deux / KDFC 'CD Of the Week'
Classical musicians, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen are a genre-defying violin and cello duo from Norway. The siblings recently commissioned film composer, James Horner (Avatar, Titanic, Legends of the Fall) to write something especially for them. The result is Pas de Deux, the centerpiece of this new CD. Described as "hypnotic, post-minmalist", Pas de Deux is partnered with haunting works ...