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Album of the week in BBC Music Magazine

November 30, 2022

Album of the Week

BBC Music Magazine's album of the week is a new selection of chamber music by the Danish composer Paul Ruders. The Rudersdal Chamber Players give us compelling, persuasive versions of Ruders' Clarinet Quintet, Piano Quartet, and Throne for clarinet and piano.

Each of these three pieces, as our reviewer Steph Power explains, is 'a taut combination of clean lines and often dissonant, sometimes otherworldly chords built from seemingly small beginnings.'

In short, Ruders excels at enigma: and, says Steph, these performers 'embody the intimacy that enables its execution, while taking flight where needed.'
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Rehearsal for the upcoming release "The Corelli Connection" has started today

November 23, 2022

The Trio Michala Petri, Hille Perl and Mahan Esfahani has just started today the rehearsals for the upcoming recording of The Corelli Connection. The recording will take place in Garnisons Church in the center of Copenhagen with producer Mette Due. The release is scheduled to be April 2023.

The Digital EP MIRROR OF THE PAST is now released on all major digital platforms

November 4, 2022

“In 2006, a Chinese colleague in Shanghai gave me a wonderful bilingual book of poems from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). These poems have as a common theme man’s wonder at and deep dependence
on nature. In their apparently naive form, they explore the reverence humans used to have for nature, and give perspective to the distorted relationship we have today.” Lars Hannibal
The poems of ancient China have fascinated and inspired western composers and as far back as the 1830s when Carl Loewe (1796-1869) first set verses from Goethe’s Chinesisch-deutsche Jahres- und Tageszeiten. This love affair would culminate most famously in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. While nowhere near
as ambitious Mahler, Hannibal’s settings of Tang Dynasty poetry in Mirror of the Past do inhabit a similar emotional world as Mahler’s autumnal masterpiece, the contrapuntal interplay of percussion, voice, guitar, recorder and erhu sounding as if an ancient of painting has been brought to life. From the wistful elancholy of My Delayed Departure to the tolling of evening bells in The Dale of Singing Birds, Hannibal and friends take you on a fabulous journey through time and sound vivid captured in immersive DXD by the internationally celebrated master of sound, Preben Iwan. Joshua Cheek

The next OUR Recordings release ALBUM FOR ASTOR with accordeonist Bjarke Mogensen is now uploaded

October 15, 2022

All my life I have admired, studied and performed the music of the extraordinary Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992). It is a great pleasure to release a whole instrumental Piazzolla album for the centenary of his birth. I decided to base my tribute solely on Piazzolla titles but also dived headlong into designing a varied and comprehensive listening experience, an hour of interchanging accordion solos, instrumental duos, and pieces that I arranged for myself and a small group of mixed instruments.
The music is all Astor but with a touch of Bjarke here and there and maybe everywhere, in fact. There are no
singers involved, but Piazzolla’s music sings, and our instruments sing, and at every corner there is melancholy, tripping feet, fast figures, and an atmosphere of Buenos Aires. Bjarke Mogensen
All of Piazzolla’s more than 750 works are inextricably bound to an essential and unmistakable Argentinian identity. In commemoration of 100th anniversary of the birth of the genius of Nuevo Tango, the young Danish master of the modern accordion, Bjarke Mogensen, is joined by the award-wining percussionist Johan Bridger and winner of the title “Chromatic Harmonica World Champion”, and ‘New Jazz Star of The Year’ Mathias Heise. Together with members of The Danish Chamber Players they bring Piazzolla’s vibrant and sensuous scores vividly to life!

MIRROR OF THE PAST uploaded

September 9, 2022

It is a great pleasure to inform about our new OUR Recordings Digital EP: MIRROR OF THE PAST – music I have composed, based on four Tang Dynasty Poems. It has been great and inspiring to read the Tang Dynasty Poems which as a common theme has man’s wonder at and deep dependence on nature. In their apparently naive form, they explore the reverence humans used to have for nature, and thereby give perspective to the distorted relationship we have today. As such it is a comment to the environmental situation the world is facing today. The music is written for counter tenor (Stephen Yeseta) - erhu (Xu Ziling) - recorder (Michala Petri) - percussion (Gert Mortensen) and guitar (which I play myself).

New Digital EP: FOUR NORDIC SONGS TO OUR WORLD

August 14, 2022

It is a pleasure for OUR Recordings to announce that we have recorded FOUR NORDIC SONGS TO OUR WORLD with the Norwegian singer Birgitte Grimstad, together with Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal. The four "Old Songs" unfortunately have a great actuality - they speak about human greed, the current environmental situation and the stupidity of war. Birgitte Grimstad performs with an intensity that goes directly in to your heart and mind. The release will be September 2. and you can already now find videos on YouTube.

New exciting release with Poul Ruders Chamber Music with Rudersdal Chamber Players

August 4, 2022

It is a real pleasure for OUR Recordings to release 3 chamber music works by the Danish composer Poul Ruders - performed by one of Danmarks leading ensembles: Rudersdal Chamber Players. (More about the release and the ensemble on the website.) The Danish release will be August 23. - and the worldwide release will be September 2. The cover painting "PANTA REI" is by the Barcelona based Danish painter Lars Physant.

Global Music Award Silver Medal for "LUX AETERNA" and "QUATOUR POUR LA FIN DU TEMPS"!

July 14, 2022

OUR Recording is very happy to announce that our latest two releases 1) "LUX AETERNA" with Danish National Vocal Ensemble conducted by Marcus Creed and 2) "QUATOUR POUR LA FIN DU TEMPS" with Christina Åstrand, Johnny Tessier, Henrik Dam Thomsen and Per Salo have both received The Global Music Award Silver Medal.

OUR Recordings "Label of the Month" in the "Naxos Family" of distributed Label,

June 16, 2022

OUR Recordings is very proud to announce the Naxos group have choosen OUR Recordings a "Label of the Month" in the "Naxos Family" of distributed Labels. Also today we sent out our OUR Recordings Summer Newsletter.

Recording of 5 Chinese Tang Dynasty Poems with music by Lars Hannibal

May 24, 2022

Yesterday we recorded 5 Chinese Tang Dynasty Poems with music by Lars Hannibal for counter tenor (Stephen Yeseta), recorder, (Michala Petri), percussion, (Gert Mortensen) and guitar (Lars Hannibal) Due to the corona virus it was not possible for Chinese erhu player Xu Ziling to come to Denmark, so the erhu part will be recorded later. Producer Preben Iwan. Video Julie Malmstrøm Media. We are working on a late August release for this Digital EP release. The songs are all about the relationship between nature and the human being - and a strong comment to the actual climate situation.