Lars Lien

Out of Step

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020182599
Catnr: LWC 1237
Release date: 02 September 2022
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Lawo Classics
Catalogue number
LWC 1237
Release date
02 September 2022

About the album

"This recording is the culmination of a process spanning several years, in which the performers delved into the works of composers found right in their own backyard. The facts are that all but one of the composers on this recording were born in the 1940s (the exception here is Mark Adderley, who was born in 1960). All of the composers are Norwegian, except for Anders Eliasson from Sweden and Adderley, who is half English, half Swedish, and has lived in Norway since 1981. Three of the composers have worked as professors at the Norwegian Academy of Music, an institution that has been at the forefront of the education of Norwegian composers since its establishment in 1973. These facts have not in themselves been instrumental in the choice of repertoire; rather it was more important that the works were composed for saxophone and piano, and that we as performers believed that they were works that deserved to be realized into sound, and given attention beyond their catalog listings in various music libraries. The works become audible and alive through such a recording, rather than existing only as visual notations in the composers’ manuscripts. There is so much fantastic music created in Norway and the Nordic countries that we wanted to bring some of it to light in order to make musicians and audiences, potentially all over the globe, more aware of the high quality of works from these countries. The recording also documents some of the different artistic directions and variations to be found among Norwegian and Nordic composers around the turn of the millennium."

– Lars Lien


Lars Lien — Saxophone
Lars Lien is a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music where he studied with Harald Bergersen. He has been active with several ensembles such as Saxofon Concentus, Affinis Ensemble, and the Oslo Sinfonietta and has performed as soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic, Oslo Sinfonietta, BIT20 Ensemble, and the Arctic Philharmonic, among others. Lien is the founder of the saxophone quartet NoXaS, which recently released a new CD recording. He has twice been named “Performer of the Year” by the Norwegian Society of Composers, once with Saxofon Concentus, and again with Affinis Ensemble. He has participated in a number of CD recordings with various chamber ensembles such as Saxofon Concentus, NoXaS saxophone quartet, Affinis Ensemble, Asamisimasa, BIT20 Ensemble, and Oslo Sinfonietta. His recording Phonetix was released on the LAWO Classics label in 2016. Lien has performed concerts and held masterclasses in the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia, USA, and in all of the Nordic countries. Dedicated to the development of new works for saxophone in various constellations, he has collaborated with a great number of Norwegian composers throughout his musical career. Lien is Associate Professor of Classical Saxophone at the Academy of Music, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway.

Sergej Osadchuk — Piano
Sergej Osadchuk studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Pavel Messner (student and assistant to Emil Gilels) and has thus continued the long-established Russian piano tradition. He has had an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist, and has been a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Radio Orchestra, Jönköping Symphony Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Arctic Philharmonic, and Oslo Camerata, among others. He combines his concert career with teaching and has given masterclasses in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and Russia. Osadchuk has released a number of CD recordings in collaboration with various artists including Morten Carlsen (viola) and Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo-soprano). Osadchuk is Professor of Piano at the Academy of Music, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway.


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