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Albert Schnelzer - A Freak in Burbank

Composer Albert Schnelzer
Performer Ilya Gringolts
David Huang
Jakob Koranyi
Henrik Måwe
Cecilia Zilliacus
Västerås Sinfonietta
Simon Crawford-Phillips, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2483 SACD
EAN 7318599924830
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Mar 2022
Total time 77'34

Watch concert perfomances of:
A Freak in Burbank Burn My Letters

Born in 1972, Albert Schnelzer belongs to the most widely noticed Scandinavian composers of his generation. He has written in all genres, and the present disc includes a concerto as well as both orchestral and chamber works. Schnelzer’s orchestral output has attracted great attention, with A Freak in Burbank belonging to his most often heard works. &&&Inspired by Haydn as well as by the filmmaker Tim Burton, it has been played more than 70 times to date, in venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Royal Albert Hall. It here appears on disc for the first time, performed by the Västerås Sinfonietta conducted by Simon Crawford-Phillips.

The same team has also made the premiere recordings of two other works: Burn My Letters – a commission for Clara Schumann’s 200th anniversary – and the violin concerto ‘Nocturnal Songs’, composed for Ilya Gringolts. Interspersed with these are three chamber works – Dance with the Devil, Apollonian Dances and Frozen Landscape – performed by some of Sweden’s foremost instrumentalists.
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  Albert Schnelzer
01 A Freak in Burbank for orchestra 9'18
02 Dance with the Devil for piano 7'27
03 Burn My Letters - Remembering Clara for orchestra 13'00
  Apollonian Dances for violin & piano 13'36
04 I. The Birth of Apollo 7'36
05 II. Adolescent Apollo 6'00
06 Frozen Landscape for cello & piano 7'28
  Violin Concerto No. 2 (Nocturnal Songs) 24'52
07 I. Levitate 7'15
08 II. Bal des Ardents 4'26
09 III. Procession 6'56
10 IV. Run 6'15
  Album total 77'34
ComposerSchnelzer, Albert
OrchestraVasteras Sinfonietta
ConductorCrawford-Phillips, Simon
PianoHuang, David
Måwe, Henrik
ViolinGringolts, Ilya
Zilliacus, Cecilia
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