Anna-Lena Laurin: "Quests" (Vanguard Music Boulevard VMBCD135)
"Quests" features Gitta-Maria Sjöberg (soprano), with Ingar Bergby conducting the Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra. Produed by Anna-Lena Laurin. Engineered by Torbjörn Samuelsson.
"Concerto for Flute, Strings and Harp" features Magnus Båge (flute), Ingrid Lindskog (harp) and the Camerata Nordica conducted by Terje Tønnesen.
Produced & Engineered by Ulrich Schneider.
Graphic Design: Alexandra Liljebladh
Photos: Nadja Hallström
If you like Debussy's "Syrinx" and "Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun," you'll love the "Concerto For Flute, Strings and Harp." Laurin goes one step further. Call it "Nordic Impressionism," if you will.
"Quests" was originally composed as an opera monologue for soprano and piano and was written to the 200 years anniversary of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) in 2013. The duo piece was premiered by Gitta-Maria Sjöberg and pianist Linda Dahl Laursen with Margrethe II of Denmark in the audience and had lyrics by P. Golborne.
This expanded version, for soprano and symphony orchestra, was written with lyrics by AL Laurin herself, inspired by the philosopher’s thoughts, bringing up many existential questions. "Quests" is written with support from Musik i Syd.
With the kickoff in "Concerto For Flute, Strings and Harp" – commissioned by Camerata Nordica and Musik i Syd to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of Laurin’s home town Eslöv – Camerata Nordica started a long collaboration with premieres, commissioning, CD recordings and touring within Sweden as well as abroad, with Laurin.