Bjørn Kruse, Fredrik Fors, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Chronotope: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020181516
Catnr: LWC 1129
Release date: 08 September 2017
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€ 19.95
Lawo Classics
Catalogue number
LWC 1129
Release date
08 September 2017

About the album

The title Chronotope is a term used by the Russian literary philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) to describe how an awareness of time and space (chronos and topos) is represented in language and discourse. I find that the term also naturally applies as a model to the experience of temporal and spatial dimensions in musical "discourse", where the immediate memory of events in the past, and the expectations of events in the future, fills and enriches the moment of listening. Music creates its own chronotope, a spacious ‘now’, colored by the sensory perception of a past, present, and future.

The collaborative efforts of soloist Fredrik Fors, conductor Christian Eggen and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra excellently work in bringing out the work’s conceptual intention and musical character. Fredrik embodies all that I could ever wish for in a soloist. He possesses a perfect virtuoso technique along with a beautiful, lyrical clarinet sound; he fuses these qualities into a powerful and intense expression that elevates the work beyond my dreams and creates a convincing ownership to the performance. Truly a co-creative music artist!
Der Titel Chronotop ist ein Begriff, der vom russischen Literaturphilosophen Michail Bachtin (1895-1975) verwendet wurde, um zu beschreiben, wie ein Bewusstsein von Zeit und Raum (Chronos und Topos) in Sprache und Diskurs dargestellt wird. Ich finde, dass der Begriff natürlich auch als Modell für die Erfahrung der zeitlichen und räumlichen Dimensionen im musikalischen "Diskurs" gilt, wo die unmittelbare Erinnerung an Ereignisse in der Vergangenheit und die Erwartungen an die Ereignisse in der Zukunft den Augenblick füllen und das Hören bereichern. Musik schafft ein eigenes Chronotop, ein geräumiges "Jetzt", gefärbt durch die sinnliche Wahrnehmung einer Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft.
Der Solist Fredrik Fors, Dirigent Christian Eggen und das Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra arbeiten hervorragend daran, die konzeptionelle Intention und den musikalischen Charakter des Werkes umzusetzen. Fredrik verkörpert alles, was ich jemals von einem Solisten wünschen kann. Er besitzt eine perfekte virtuose Technik mit einem schönen, lyrischen Klarinettenklang. Er verschmilzt diese Qualitäten zu einem mächtigen und intensiven Ausdruck, der die Arbeit über meine Träume hinaus hebt...


Bjørn Kruse (born 1946 in London, England) studied at UCLA, California, and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, where he taught from 1976. He became Professor of Composition in 1997 and is today Professor Emeritus. His list of works numbers more than 150, from chamber and choral music to larger orchestral works and four operas. In addition to composing and lecturing on fine arts topics, he works with painting, having had his latest major exhibitions at Galleri Albin Upp in Oslo, in 2009 (Chaos and Order) and 2010 (Time and Space). His latest book is Thinking Art – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Applied Aesthetics, released in November 2016.

Fredrik Fors is one of Scandinavia's leading clarinetists. In addition to being a soloist and chamber musician Fors has held the position of co-principal clarinetist of the Oslo Philharmonic since 1995.

Fors made his debut as a soloist in 1989 with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Concerto Op. 5 by B.H. Crusell. Since then he has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Orchestra (ORF), Norrköping Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic, Presidential Orchestra of Istanbul, Orchestre National de Lille and the Gävle Symphony.

Fors is an active chamber musician and has performed at festivals around the world, and he is also solo clarinetist of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

In 1993 Fors received the Juventus Prize awarded by the Council of Europe and Foundation Claude Nicolas Ledoux.

He has previously recorded two recital CDs for the Harmonia Mundi and 2L labels together with pianist Sveinung Bjelland.

Fors studied at the Royal Academy of music in Stockholm with Sölve Kingstedt receiving his Soloist Diploma in 1996. He currently teaches at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has held masterclasses all over the world.



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