About the album
THE COMPOSER ABOUT THE RECORDING:
Con cierto toque de tango (With a certain hint of tango)
Orchestrating Argentine tango does present its challenges. One possible solution is to try to make the orchestra sound as much like a tango ensemble, an “orquesta tipica”, as possible. Another option is to cut a few corners and translate it into an easier language for the more conventional orchestra to decipher. A third is to invent new, unfamiliar solutions. I've done a bit of all three here.
The violin concerto Con cierto toque de tango was commissioned by Hugo Ticciati for O/Modernt in Stockholm, a festival which focuses on reflections of the musical past in the present, an agenda consistent with my own. The title translates to “with a certain hint of tango”. Musically, there’s probably more than just a hint of tango in this concerto, considering that the movements are named after the Argentine dance forms - milonga, zamba and tango.
The concerto is written with one foot firmly planted in Norway, far away from the tango tradition. This gives me a certain freedom to experiment but also provides another more glaring necessity to find those moments and elements that provide the right connection to this tradition. I am delighted to have the likes of Henning Kraggerud on hand to perform the concerto!
I have certainly run the gamut of styles as a composer – everything from tango & salsa to waltz & pols (Norwegian folk dance), from electronica & hiphop to music for films, theatre and dance. With this orchestral album you’ll get an insight into my musical universe “with a certain hint of tango”.
– Sverre Indris Joner
11Vino y se fue
13Violin concerto 'Con cierto toque de tango' I. Milonga
14Violin concerto 'Con cierto toque de tango' II. Zamba
15Violin concerto 'Con cierto toque de tango' III. Tango
110Mi viejo dolor
111Concerto grosso I. Andante violento
112Concerto grosso II. Adagio introvertido
113Concerto grosso III. Allegro disfrasado