Ssens Trio


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020182605
Catnr: LWC 1238
Release date: 10 June 2022
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€ 19.95
Lawo Classics
Catalogue number
LWC 1238
Release date
10 June 2022

About the album

Ssens Trio is out with its third CD release on the LAWO Classics label. While the debut album (LWC1122) featured trios of Beethoven and its successor (LWC1170) was devoted to Mozart, this release spotlights Norwegian music. With this deep dive into the Norwegian repertoire, Ssens Trio wishes to call attention to four works for string trio deserving of inclusion in the international string trio repertoire. The album is called “Ricercare”, the title of the last work on the CD, composed by Bertil Palmar Johansen, but it could have been used for the other three works as well.

“Ricercare” means to search out or explore, the very elements we find in Johan Kvandal’s String Trio, op. 12. The work stands out in Kvandal’s long list of piano pieces and songs from this period. It is his search to find his own musical expression in a new European music.

Finn Mortensen’s Trio, op. 3 was the first of his works ever performed in a public concert. The three instruments follow distinct lines in their dynamic interplay, each retaining its individual tone. We find many of the compositional means from this debut work further developed in Mortensen’s later works.

In Edvard Fliflet Bræin’s “Trio”, op. 15, variations are created by twisting and turning the musical motifs and themes. The entire work is composed in one movement, with a fresh rhythmic playfulness between the instruments, and with metric shifts and changes in sound and register.

Bertil Palmar Johansen’s string trio begins with an old-fashioned “Ricercare”, set up as an expansive instrumental narrative in which the texture alternates between free and strict linearity. Inherent in the work is a search for new paths in an effort to weed out our tonal expectations.

Ssens Trio (pronounced “Essence”) was established in 2014 by three musicians with a wealth of experience in the international music scene. Members of the trio are violinist Sølve Sigerland, violist Henninge Landaas and cellist Ellen Margrete Flesjø. Their previous release, “Mozart: Divertimento, Preludes and Fugues” (LWC1170) received glowing reviews and to date has been streamed over 3 million times on Spotify.


Sølve Sigerland, violin
Henninge Landaas, viola
Ellen Margrete Flesjø, cello

Ssens Trio (pronounced ‘Essence’) was established in 2014 by three musicians with a wealth of experience in the inter­national music scene.

The trio has appeared in concert with Geir Inge Lotsberg, Eivind Ringstad, Håvard Gimse and Leif Ove Andsnes, among others.

Their first CD, Beethoven: String Trios Op. 3 & 8 (LAWO Classics), received Pizzicato Magazine’s “Supersonic Award” and a prestigious ICMA Awards nomina­tion in 2018.

Fanfare Magazine wrote: “With abso­lutely no hesitation I will say that it goes right to the top of my Beethoven String Trios list.” (Jerry Dubins). And the follow­ing from a review in Pizzicato Magazine under the heading ‘Beethoven With A Communicative Joy of Music Making’: “Their performance is brimming with the joy of playing together. An outstand­ing ‘trialogue’, with each performer fully sensing the other. Through this interactive music making, which in the Adagio and Minuet movements invokes a remarkably intimate mood, Beethoven’s works gain in depth and sensuousness. And when one combines the sensitive playing with a wonderfully eloquent virtuosity, the way is clear for pure listening pleasure.” (Alain Steffen).

In 2019 Ssens Trio released a CD on the LAWO Classics label with music of W. A. Mozart.
This recording received glowing reviews in Classica (France), Fanfare Magazine and Pizzicato Magazine, among others, and it was nominated for the Opus Klas­sik Award in Germany and the ICMA (International Classical Music Awards) in 2020.


Play album


Verdi | Sibelius
Vertavo String Quartet
Clarinet Trios: Schumann/Bruch/Mozart
Oslo Philharmonic Chamber Group
Divertimento K. 563 / Preludes and Fugues K. 404a
Ssens Trio
String Trio Op. 3 & Serenade Op. 8
Ssens Trio
Sonatas for Viola & Piano Op. 120
Henninge Landaas / Tim Horton