Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Clemens Hagen + 1B1: Haydn Cello Concerto in C, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante


JOSEPH HAYDN: Concerto for cello and orchestra in C major · WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major

Clemens Hagen, cello · Jan Bjøranger, violin · Lars Anders Tomter, viola · 1B1

When Clemens Hagen finally decides to record the Haydn C Major, it goes without saying that the result is unlike anything else ever heard on record.
"When Clemens Hagen, cellist in the renowned Hagen Quartet, wanted to record Haydn's vitamin bomb of a cello concerto in C major, he could choose his partners from the very elite, and there are many to choose from. Instead he approached Jan Bjøranger and his ensemble 1B1. The explanation is obvious: Their musicianship is effortless, stringent, warm, "narrative" – the same qualities with which a string quartet develops their music. 1B1 is an orchestra that perfectly suits his sparkling, clear tone.”
 – Olav Egil Aune, Vårt Land

posted by 1B1 Admin 14.09.16 15:41

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rock that Flute

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Dan Laurin, Eagle recorder

Chiel Meijering, composer

Jan Bjøranger, conductor



Originally conceived by the maker Adriana Breukink in 2008, the ""Eagle"" recorder has rapidly developed into an instrument which combines a large sound with a wide range, making it ideal for playing with modern instruments. When the Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin first encountered it, he was fascinated but also puzzled. What kind of music could he play on this instrument? Coming into contact with the Dutch composer Chiel Meijering he soon found out. Meijering, who had started to write for the recorder as early as 1979 had developed a passion for the new model and was composing Eagle concertos with string accompaniment at a rapid pace. In fact, if there was a problem with repertoire for the Eagle, it was what to choose. As their correspondence developed, Laurin was struck by ...


posted by 1B1 Admin 28.07.16 19:24

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Vivaldi Recorder Concertos


Dan Laurin, recorder and musical direction
Jonas Nordberg, theorbo/baroque guitar
Anna Paradiso, harpsichord
Jan Bjøranger, leader


Early Music Review give the album 5/5 stars, and write:


Dan Laurin made two previous recordings of Vivaldi recorder concertos in the 1990s but now rejects these, as well as most other recordings of them, as being insufficiently operatic. Following his recording of The Four Seasons (BIS-SACD-1605) he identified similar dramatic writing in RV441 and in RV 443-5 (the concertos for flautino) and his aim on the present recording is to bring out this operatic quality with the freedom and spontaneity often found in modern recordings of the "Seasons” with solo violin. In this he is greatly aided by the Norwegian ensemble 1B1 (short for Ensemble Bjergsted 1) who play with tremendous verve and precision, driven along by the vigorous continuo playing of Anna Paradiso (harpsichord) and Jonas Nordberg (theorbo and ...


posted by 1B1 Admin 28.07.16 19:08

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Holberg Variations


The Holberg Suite occupies a unique position in Grieg's output and an unusual place in Norwegian music history. Holberg Variations are three very different approaches to this small piece of Norway. The ensemble 1B1 have teamed up with jazz musician and composer Erlend Skomsvoll and Norway's most exciting pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, in a tribute to Edvard Grieg. The album was launched with a concert 13. August at the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival. Read more at the Simax Classics webpage HERE

posted by 1B1 Admin 30.08.14 15:05

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bach and Telemann concertos for viola and bassoon


Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon

Lars Anders Tomter, viola

1B1 Chamber Orchestra • Jan Bjøranger, leader


Kuuskmann, Tomter and 1B1 bring you Bach you've never heard before! Purists within the early music community; prepare to frown! We claim that this is a natural continuance of the practice from Bach's own time.


Bach wrote 14 concertos for harpsichord around 1740 in Leipzig. That is; they are most known as harpsichord concertos - in reality they are arrangements of concertos for other instruments written as early as 1708. When working with the outstanding musicians of Collegium Musicum Bach re-worked his old concertos into new works, of course a completely standard procedure in those days.


Tomter and Kuuskmann continues a practice that challenges the notion of authenticity.


Professor Lars Anders Tomter is joined by the outstanding bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann. Not only do they ...


posted by 1B1 Admin 28.09.12 18:09