Territorial Songs

Works for recorder composed by Sunleif Rasmussen
Worldwide release April 9th 2021

Since his emergence on the musical scene in 2002 when his Symphony No. 1,
“Oceanic Days” was the winner of The Nordic Council Music Prize, Faroese composer
Sunleif Rasmussen has continued to make a name for himself and his island
home on the world music scene. Among his many striking compositions is a growing
corpus of works featuring the recorder. Beginning with his expansive concerto
for recorders and large orchestra, Territorial Songs (2008-09), Rasmussen sought
to expand the instrument’s persona and possibilities, freeing it from its historic
associations with the music of the Renaissance and Baroque, pushing it into new
territories. In this mission, the composer has been exceptionally fortunate to have
as muse and musical partner one of the greatest recorder players ever, Michala
Petri.
The current project represents an overview of works composed from 2009 to 2020.
All are scores featuring the recorder: as concerto soloist with a symphony orchestra,
(Territorial Songs), a string ensemble (Winter Echoes), an obbligato in a complex
choral setting (“I” ), chamber music (Flow), and unaccompanied (Sorrow and
Joy Fantasy), each work a milestone in Rasmussen’s musical development . As
always, Michala Petri brings each score to life with consummate artistry and is perfectly
matched by each of the ensembles performing with her. The entire package
is recorded and mastered in the DXD (DigitaleXtreme Definition) state-of-the-art
sound and will be made available in standard HD resolutions and SACD.

  • Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder.. Since youth she has followed her wish for musical expansion in various ways, through commissioning more than 150 new works, - including more than 30 recorder concertos, through dialogue with other musical cultures and through developing new playing techniques.

    Recorder

    Michala Petri

  • The Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 mountainous islands located halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the Northeast Atlantic. Existing under Danish control since 1388, they are currently a self-governing nation under the external sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark and possess a distinctive Nordic language and culture. Owing both to their isolated geography and the influence of Danish culture, Faroese art music is still a relatively new phenomenon, though the islands boast a variety of rich vocal music traditions, both in terms of a distinctive hymnody and many ballads and folks songs, which were until the lifting of the Danish ban in 1938, the only means of preserving the Faroese language.

    Composer

    Sunleif Rasmussen

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