Recording News from Divine Art: Music from Swedish composer Jonathan Östlund

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Divine Art Recordings Group is delighted to announce a double album featuring the works of young Swedish composer Jonathan Östlund, who has just returned to his homeland after a period working in London. The 2-CD set (also to be available digitally) includes vocal and chamber works, performed by a team of accomplished well-known soloists from several countries, and the excellent Cellini Quartet. The album was recorded at Greystoke Studios in London (with one track recorded in Moscow).  Östlund writes in a tonal, ‘post-modernist’ style, with many works being ‘Romantic’ in nature, descriptive pieces whose nature can be guessed from the titles, from the warm and harmonically complex ‘Fantasia on Scarborough Fair’  and “Miroir d’un Mirage’ to the sparkling and witty ‘The Wizard’.
Swedish born composer Östlund has manifested an avid interest for music from an early age and has pursued his passion with a BA and MA in Composition at Lulea University of Technology, in Sweden. He has studied under the artistic guidance of Prof. Rolf Martinsson, Prof. Jan Sandstrom and Prof. Sverker Jullander, and has so far completed approx. 80 works, including several orchestral pieces and a piano concerto, to be premiered in the near future.
Östlund was Finalist of the 2012 Oslo Grieg Festival and won the ‘Public’s Choice Award’ with the Sonata for Cello & Piano; ‘Night-struck’, premiered by Alexandr Zagorinsky and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. He was awarded First Prize in the Leicester Symphony Orchestra Composers’ Composition with his ‘Celebration Fanfare & Procession’ which was premiered during the Leicester Symphony Orchestra’s 90th Season Gala.
In the following year he was selected as Finalist in the Composers’ Competition of the Festival Mondial De L’Image Sous-Marine. Östlund’s music has been performed at the Cadogan Hall, London stage with a rich program incorporating 10 pieces in various constellations for flute, piano and string quartet, under the interpretation of Eleonore Pameijer, Blandine Waldmann and the Cellini Quartet.
The recordings were completed in June and the album, to be titled “LUNARIS” will be scheduled for release in the early spring of 2016 (divine art dda 21226).
Track list:
Lunaris ; Rêve et Lune ; La Féerique et Pierrot (Ruxandra Ibric Ciobanu, soprano, & Blandine Waldmann, piano)
Fantasia on Scarborough Fair (Eleonore Pameijer, flute, Lydia Hillerudh, cello & Yoana Karemova, piano)
Opus Pocus Fantienne ; Phantasion ; Rencontre (Eleonore Pameijer, flute, & Yoana Karemova, piano)
The Wizard (Eleonore Pameijer, flute, Ariel Jacob Lang, violin, Lydia Hillerudh, cello, & Blandine Waldmann, piano)
Air dans l’air (Eleonore Pameijer, flute solo)
Music at Moonrise (Ariel Jacob Lang, violin, & Blandine Waldmann, piano)
Lumière d’étoiles ; Miroir d’un mirage ; Winter Vigil (Blandine Waldmann, piano solo)
Night-Struck (Alexandr Zagorinsky, cello, & Einar Steen-Nokleberg, piano)
The Frog-Pond (Ursula Leveaux, bassoon, & Blandine Waldmann, piano)
Rêverie – Jeux de pluie (Cellini Quartet)

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