Knut Erik Sundquist


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020181042
Catnr: LWC 1092
Release date: 13 November 2015
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€ 19.95
Lawo Classics
Catalogue number
LWC 1092
Release date
13 November 2015

About the album

Tundra is a project featuring exclusively Russian music and is Knut Erik Sundquist and Nils Mortensen’s second duo CD release.
Although average listeners may not be so familiar with names such as Serge Koussevitzky, Reinhold Glière and Anatoly Alexandrov, they will be surprised at how romantic, virtuoso and soulful the music really is.
As a preliminary phase of this recording project, we embarked on a concert tour to some very remote places, taking along a Steinway grand piano plus one of the world’s best piano technicians, Daniel Brech from Germany, and photographer Trym Ivar Bergsmo. We held concerts in the engine room of Slettnes lighthouse on the northernmost point of the Norwegian mainland, in Nesseby Church, and in Sevettijärvi Bar deep in the Finnish woods. Some of the photographic results can be seen on the CD cover and in the booklet.
The recording was made in Sofienberg Church in August 2014, and we used LAWO Classics’ ‘new’ Steinway dating from 1892. The sound of the instrument is perfectly suited to this music.
Although average listeners may not be so familiar with names such as Serge Koussevitzky, Reinhold Glière and Anatoly Alexandrov, they will be surprised at how romantic, virtuoso and soulful the music really is.


Knut Erik Sundquist - Double bass
Knut Erik Sundquist (b. 1961) is one of the leading double bassists of our time. He studied in Vienna under Professor Ludwig Streicher, before assuming the position of assistant principal double bass with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1993 he moved back to his beloved northern Norway, more precisely, Harstad, from where he manages his international activities as soloist and chamber musician.
Sundquist is a welcome guest at, among others, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, and the Lucerne Festival, in addition to chamber music festivals in Norway.
His CD Reverie, featuring music of Giovanni Bottesini (2011), has received glowing reviews in Norway and abroad. His previous release on the LAWO Classics label, Duo Brilliante (LWC1080), has also met with enthusiastic response from critics and listeners alike.
Knut Erik Sundquist teaches at the University of Tromsø in Norway.
Nils Anders Mortensen - Piano
Nils Anders Mortensen was born in Flekkefjord in 1971. He began playing piano at age three, and in 1986 he won the Norwegian Young Pianist Competition. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, École Normale in Paris, and Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. Other important teachers have been Tatjana Nikolajeva and Hans Leygraf.
In 1996 Nils Anders Mortensen was the recipient of the prestigious Concerts Norway “Debutant of the Year” award. He has won international prizes and grants. In 1998 he won the Mozarteum Prize in Salzburg. In 2004 Mortensen received the Robert Levin Memorial Prize.
Mortensen has appeared as soloist with Norway’s leading orchestras. He recorded piano concertos of Geirr Tveitt with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. His solo album Im Freien (LWC1032), featuring music of Debussy, Grieg, and Bartok, was released in 2012 to glowing reviews. Mortensen has also released four recordings with mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland on the LAWO Classics label: Früh (LWC1033), Sæle jolekveld (LWC1040), Grieg (LWC1059) and Young Elling (LWC1072). His latest release is the solo recording In finstrer Mitternacht (LWC1084) with music of Brahms.


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