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Trio Brax
Various composers

Trio Brax

Trio Brax

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Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020182704
Catnr: LWC 1248
Release date: 24 February 2023
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Label
Lawo Classics
UPC
7090020182704
Catalogue number
LWC 1248
Release date
24 February 2023
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About the album

New Music for New Ensemble
Trio Brax is a chamber music ensemble based in Tromsø, Northern Norway, founded in 2015. In this first recording they showcase music by the three Norwegian composers; Kjell Habbestad, Håvard Lund, and Helge Iberg, as well as music by Paul Hindemith.

With the unusual combination of viola, tenor saxophone, and piano, Trio Brax is an odd flower in the world of classical chamber music. The highlighting of two instruments that are not commonly identified as solistic is intriguing and offers a different palette to the listener. While other conventional piano trios can pick and choose from a wide range of well-known classical works, there used to be just one famous work written for the ensemble type of Trio Brax; Trio Op. 47 by Paul Hindemith from 1928. Well, until now!

Challenging three of Norway's leading contemporary composers to plunge into this universe initially discovered by Hindemith, a new and exciting repertory has emerged. As the combination of the three instruments opens for brand new timbres, musical landscapes and dynamic voyages, the three new works display a wide range of musical colours. We are presented with music that is playful without being experimental, expressive as well as virtuosic on multiple levels.

Artist(s)

Trio Brax

Trio Brax is a chamber music ensemble based in Tromsø, Northern Norway. With the unusual combination of viola, tenor saxophone and piano, the trio represents a distinctive direction in the Norwegian chamber music tradition.   They have built their repertory in close collaboration with some of Norway’s leading contemporary composers. The result is playful without being experimental, as well as expressive and virtuosic on multiple levels. While classical music for regular piano trios traditionally points towards older works, the instrumentarium of Trio Brax is open to brand new sounds and musical landscapes. Musicians: Julia Neher, viola Ola Asdahl Rokkones, tenor saxophone / tenor saxophone without mouthpiece Sergej Osadchuk, piano
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Trio Brax is a chamber music ensemble based in Tromsø, Northern Norway. With the unusual combination of viola, tenor saxophone and piano, the trio represents a distinctive direction in the Norwegian chamber music tradition.
They have built their repertory in close collaboration with some of Norway’s leading contemporary composers. The result is playful without being experimental, as well as expressive and virtuosic on multiple levels. While classical music for regular piano trios traditionally points towards older works, the instrumentarium of Trio Brax is open to brand new sounds and musical landscapes.
Musicians: Julia Neher, viola Ola Asdahl Rokkones, tenor saxophone / tenor saxophone without mouthpiece Sergej Osadchuk, piano
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Julia Neher (viola)

Ola Asdahl Rokkones (tenor saxophone)

OLA ASDAHL ROKKONES – ALTO SAXOPHONE Ola Asdahl Rokkones (b. 1983) is one of few saxophonists working within the fields of both classical music and jazz. He has studied with several acclaimed teachers including Lars Lien, Vibeke Breian, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and John-Pål Inderberg. In 2012 he received the culture prize of Tromsø Municipality, and in 2018 he was the laureate of the artist grant of the Troms region. In 2019 he was selected as one of the four recipients of the Barents Scholarship, “for valuable and outstanding contribution to the cultural life and cooperation across borders in the Barents Region”. In 2022 he was awarded an artist grant from Ingerid, Synnøve og Elias Fegerstens Stiftelse.   As a classical musician, he has appeared...
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OLA ASDAHL ROKKONES – ALTO SAXOPHONE Ola Asdahl Rokkones (b. 1983) is one of few saxophonists working within the fields of both classical music and jazz. He has studied with several acclaimed teachers including Lars Lien, Vibeke Breian, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and John-Pål Inderberg. In 2012 he received the culture prize of Tromsø Municipality, and in 2018 he was the laureate of the artist grant of the Troms region. In 2019 he was selected as one of the four recipients of the Barents Scholarship, “for valuable and outstanding contribution to the cultural life and cooperation across borders in the Barents Region”. In 2022 he was awarded an artist grant from Ingerid, Synnøve og Elias Fegerstens Stiftelse.
As a classical musician, he has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras in Norway, Russia, Germany and France, among them Arktisk Filharmoni, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mariinsky Symphonic Orchestra. With various constellations he has toured internationally, and performed in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, France, Austria, Russia, Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Turkey, and Brazil. He has commissioned and premiered music by numerous composers, such as Alexander Aarøen, Alexander Manotskov, Terje Bjørklund, Agnes Ida Pettersen, Tine Surel Lange, Herborg Rundberg, Rakel Nystabakk, Helge Iberg, Kjell Habbestad, Martin Romberg, Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, Erik Stifjell, Lars Skoglund, Håvard Lund, Bodvar Drotninghaug Moe, and Bjørn Breimo.
His discography includes eleven releases of various genres, including the albums Trio Brax (LWC1248) with Julia Neher and Sergej Osadchuk, and Norwegian Saxophone (LWC1162) with Fabio Mastrangelo and the St. Petersburg Northern Sinfonia.
Ola Asdahl Rokkones is an endorsed artist and official ambassador of Henri Selmer Paris Saxophones.

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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...
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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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Composer(s)

Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith studied violin at the Dr Hoch's Konservatorium of Frankfurt and played from 1915 to 1923 in the Frankfurt opera. From 1921 to 1929 he played viola in the Amar Quarter, where he was advocate for contemporary music. Throughout the years, he held multiple positions as teachers, but he remained most popular as a violist. During the Second Worldwar he fleed to the USA and was given the American nationality in 1948, Later, he returned to Europe to teach at the university of Zürich. His use rhythm, called 'Motorik' by himself (a combination of Motor and Musik) is piercing, and at times even tormenting. It echoes the arrival of industralisation and the motor, as Hindemith opposes any form of sentimentality, psychology...
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Paul Hindemith studied violin at the Dr Hoch's Konservatorium of Frankfurt and played from 1915 to 1923 in the Frankfurt opera. From 1921 to 1929 he played viola in the Amar Quarter, where he was advocate for contemporary music. Throughout the years, he held multiple positions as teachers, but he remained most popular as a violist. During the Second Worldwar he fleed to the USA and was given the American nationality in 1948, Later, he returned to Europe to teach at the university of Zürich.
His use rhythm, called "Motorik" by himself (a combination of Motor and Musik) is piercing, and at times even tormenting. It echoes the arrival of industralisation and the motor, as Hindemith opposes any form of sentimentality, psychology or personality. This way, Hinemith created shrill, neoclassicistic music (Gebrauchsmusik, music with a social or political aim). His body of works is quite extensive, with more than 100 compositions in all kinds of genres. Even though he was an advocate of contemporary music, he never felt affiliated with dodecaphony. He wrote several theoretic treatises, among which his Unterweisung im Tonsatz from 1937 in which Hindemith offers several systems in which the tension between intervals, harmony and melody is analysed and elevated into a compositional technique.


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Kjell Habbestad

KJELL HABBESTAD (b. 1955) is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, of which he is a graduate in church music and composition. His catalog of works includes 97 opuses including dramatic works (operas, oratorios), orchestral works, solo instrument concertos, chamber works for various combinations of instruments, works for organ and piano, and a large number choral works. Habbestad’s larger works include The Moster Pageant, which has been performed annually in an amphitheater at Moster, Norway (on the island of Bømlo), since 1984; the oratorios One Night on Earth (1983) and Adam and Eve (2008); the operas Hans Egede’s Night (1995) and Nenia— in Memory of Fartein Valen (2014), all with texts by Paal-Helge...
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KJELL HABBESTAD (b. 1955) is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, of which he is a graduate in church music and composition. His catalog of works includes 97 opuses including dramatic works (operas, oratorios), orchestral works, solo instrument concertos, chamber works for various combinations of instruments, works for organ and piano, and a large number choral works.

Habbestad’s larger works include The Moster Pageant, which has been performed annually in an amphitheater at Moster, Norway (on the island of Bømlo), since 1984; the oratorios One Night on Earth (1983) and Adam and Eve (2008); the operas Hans Egede’s Night (1995) and Nenia— in Memory of Fartein Valen (2014), all with texts by Paal-Helge Haugen. Also worthy of mention are the opera Karlstad 1905 — A Page in the History of Civilization (2016), and the musical The Count of Monte Cristo (2011), both with librettos by the composer.


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01.
Tres flores for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 97: I. Saxifraga squarrosa
04:57
(Kjell Habbestad) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
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Tres flores for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 97: II. Viola cornuta
06:51
(Kjell Habbestad) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
03.
Tres flores for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 97: III. Digitalis grandiflora
05:39
(Kjell Habbestad) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
04.
The Magpie & I
09:37
(Håvard Lund) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
05.
Ut å stjæle hester: I. The Sting
05:31
(Helge Iberg) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
06.
Ut å stjæle hester: II. The Ride
09:21
(Helge Iberg) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
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Trio for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 47: I. Solo. Sehr lebhaft, stürmisch
01:22
(Paul Hindemith) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
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Trio for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 47: II. Arioso. Sehr langsam
04:07
(Paul Hindemith) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
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Trio for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 47: III. Duett. Lebhaft
01:30
(Paul Hindemith) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
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Trio for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 47: IV. (Potpourri). Schnelle Halbe
02:41
(Paul Hindemith) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
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Trio for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 47: V. Lebhaft. Ganze Takte
01:47
(Paul Hindemith) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
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Trio for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 47: VI. Schnelle Halbe
01:36
(Paul Hindemith) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
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Trio for Viola, Tenor Saxophone and Piano, Op. 47: VII. Prestissimo
01:33
(Paul Hindemith) Trio Brax, Julia Neher, Ola Asdahl Rokkones, Sergej Osadchuk
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