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Nielsen opus 48

by Geir Inge Lotsberg

Prelude 04:20


Carl Nielsen wrote two pieces as violin solos at the request of the violinist Emil Telmànyi. Nielsen, who was himself a violinist, used the violin’s possibilities to their full extent. His creativity and instrumental knowledge resulted in two rich and unmistakably distinctive pieces.
Prelude and Variations on a Theme, opus 48, from 1923, was composed for the occasion of Telmànyi’s debut concert in London. The prelude is free and improvisatory. The various moods hint at the richness of expression in the main body of the work. The various harmonies of the prelude gather and form the foundations for the key in the theme - F major. Each of the eight variations is a fine character piece. They show how Nielsen with amazing imagination expresses his musical ideas. As a finale after the last variation a grandiose version of the theme returns with powerful double stopping.


released August 27, 2020

Design: Erik Johan Worsøe Eriksen
Recorded at Sofienberg kirke in Oslo, april 2020.
Neumann and AKG microphones, Nagra 6 recorder at 24/96.


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Geir Inge Lotsberg Oslo, Norway

Norwegian violinist Geir Inge Lotsberg was educated in Oslo studying with Leif Jørgensen. Additional studies in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh, Ana Chumacenco in Munich and Camilla Wicks in Houston.
He is a member of the Oslo String Quartet, Artistic director of the Trondheim Soloists and Professor at Barratt Due Institute in Oslo.
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