Marius Noss Gundersen has composed music for solo guitar to some of the most prominent classical guitarists in Norway. On this album 5 guitarists have recorded their pieces. Christina Sandsengen, Randall Avers, Gjermund Titlestad, Thomas Kjekstad and Sven Lundestad.
This album is a showcase of a wide spectre of Marius’ music for solo guitar.
Seasons, composed for Christina Sandsengen: a suite in 4 movements that reflect the four seasons. The music is inspired by Norwegian folk music. SPRING is a little dance, SUMMER reflects lazy days by the sea, AUTUMN is rich in colours with falling leaves and WINTER begins with a clear Norwegian landscape where the snowy weather becomes more and more intense.
Musical Evolution, composed for Randall Avers: a set of variations on an original theme by Marius. Each variation is inspired by an era in music history: the Renaissance, the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Impressionism, Modernism, Blues and Jazz.
Preludes, composed for Gjermund Titlestad: 5 preludes with a nod to composers like Heitor Villa-Lobos and Augustin Barrios Mangore
Lament, composed for Thomas Kjekstad: composed after Trump won the election in 2016. Musically, the piece reflects my frustration and shocking reaction to what was happening around the world at this time, a lament.
Sonata - Echoes of Brazil, composed for Sven Lundestad: sonata in 4 movements where each movement is a musical reflection of places I have visited in Brazil. Musically, it is inspired by genres such as Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, etc.
"This album by guitarist Marius Gundersen has very special meaning to me. In addition to being the first time an artist dedicates an entire album to my work, Marius is an excellent interpreter.
His technique and musical sensibility make these pieces; originally written for solo guitar, gain even more quality and expression, become more impactful and attractive! Marius Gundersen comprehends in a particular and profound way the essence of Brazilian music that is embedded in the repertoire he has chosen. It is quite difficult to remain faithful to the cultural aspects of another country, from another continent, far from our own musical universe. I am very impressed with the way Marius approaches these nuances, magnifying the value of the work through his interpretation. Undoubtedly this album will be a reference for any guitarist, from any part of the world, who might want to record these pieces. Thank you, Marius, for this excellent performance!"
Marco Pereira Rio de Janeiro, March 10th 2019
To professor Sven Lundestad
Echoes of Brazil is a sonata in four movements.
1 - "Lapa" inspired by the vibrant neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro
2 - "Corcovado" Inspired by the mountain in Rio de Janeiro with known world wide for the statue of Jesus entitled Christ the redeemer
3 - "Farol de Itapuã Inspired by the lighthouse on Itapuã beach in Salvador city
4 - "Maracanã"
Inspired by the football stadium in Rio de Janeiro