BLUE – Compositions and Arrangements for Guitar & Recorder by Lars Hannibal – Feat. Michala Petri; Agnete & Amalie Hannibal Petri – PRESS INFORMATION


BLUE  – Works for Guitar & Recorder by Lars Hannibal
Performed by Lars Hannibal (guitar); Michala Petri (recorders);
Agnete Hannibal Petri (cello); Amalie Hannibal Petri (voice)
Catalogue No.: 8.226914  Bar Code: 6369436914278
Single CD/Digipak/Full Price
Release Date 2nd October 2020 (Physical Distribution via Naxos)


Twilight on a Ground; Evening in the Garden; BLUE on the Ground; Autumn Rain (quartet); Dreams; Sunset Dance; Springtime Sun (quartet); The Moor (recorder solo); Waves on a Ground; The Magic of Thoughts (quartet); 8 Danish Songs arranged for recorder and guitar – [Thorvald Aagaard: Silent the sparrow sits by a twig; Thomas Laub:It is white out here; Carl Nielsen: Wond’rous air of evening; Thomas Laub: Still, my heart, now sets the sun; Franz Gebauer: Just where the way beats a bay; Carl Nielsen: I know a lark’s nest (guitar solo); Oluf Ring: The time gets near; C.E.F. Weyse: Quiet is the night (guitar solo)]
All tracks for recorder and guitar unless where specified

Concept Overview

In releasing an album entirely of his own music, Guitarist, Lutenist and composer Lars Hannibal reflected upon an extraordinary – and somewhat unorthodox musical career. While studying classical guitar and lute with the great masters of the art, Hannibal lived a rich double life playing in a variety of bands and creative ensembles in artistic foment of ‘60s and ‘70s Counter Cultural Århus. It was during this time that Hannibal began finding his own creative voice, exploring the exciting intersections between Baroque and Classical form, the direct earnest expression of Danish folk music, the ear-pleasing appeal of popular song and the expressive possibilities of modal jazz.
Hannibal has also found great joy in arranging music for the different ensembles he’s performed with, resulting in hundreds of arrangements for various instrumental combinations with guitar. Finally, as one of the most active musicians in Denmark, Hannibal has been a champion of living composer, including many of Denmark’s finest, including Jørgen Jersild, Palle Mikkelborg, Herman D. Koppel, Thomas Koppel and Vagn Holmboe.
When assembling this program, it was only natural that Hannibal would draw on both his original works and his arrangements of Danish song. As a special treat, Hannibal, ever the mutli-faceted musician, the Neo-Classic composer, the pop songsmith, the faithful arranger of Danish folk song also takes pride in being Hannibal the Poppa, with his daughters, Agnete and Amalie and his life-long musical companion, his former wife Michala Petri joining him on his musical journey!
A filmed overview from Lars Hannibal (by the way he prefers to just be called Hannibal) about BLUE can be viewed here:

Artist Biography

LARS HANNIBAL was born in 1951 and began playing the guitar at the age of 15 as many others of his generation. He studied at The Royal Academy of Music in Århus from 1972-1980, which also included 3 years of lute studies with Toyohiko Satoh in The Hague. For seven years Lars Hannibal was also a teacher at The Royal Academy of Music in Århus. In 1991 he formed a duo with recorder virtuoso Michala Petri, with whom he still tours, and together they have recorded several albums. In 2004 Lars Hannibal launched an intercultural project with Chinese musicians under the name: Dialogue – East meets West. In 2006 he founded his own label OUR Recordings with Michala Petri. Lars Hannibal works as a chamber musician as well as an accompanist and performance partner with the famed Danish actress Ghita Nørby.
For 50 years, Michala Petri has been one of the most universally recognized and beloved recorder players in the world. She has performed almost 4.000 concerts and has a discography of more than 70 critically acclaimed and award-winning recordings. Michala Petri was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1958 to musical parents. A child prodigy, she first picked up a recorder at the age of three and by the time she was ten, she made her concerto debut in Tivoli Concert Hall and began her formal studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. By the time she was seventeen, she was already making recordings with the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields.
Her repertoire spans the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras and extends into contemporary and improvised music and multi-media. This versatility, together with a flawless technique, an insatiable curiosity, and the ability to make an emotional connection with her audiences has contributed to her special appeal as an artist. Her list of collaborators reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of late 20th century classical music, including such legendary artists as Sir Neville Marriner, Claudio Abbado, Sir James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Henryk Szeryng, Pinchas Zukerman, Maurice Andre, Joshua Bell, Mahan Esfahani, Hille Perl and Keith Jarrett.
Agnete Hannibal Petri (b. 1994) is the eldest daughter of Lars Hannibal and Michala Petri. Growing up in Kokkedal, she played piano from age 6. As a child in a family of musicians, music has always appeared as
an opportunity for Agnete Hannibal Petri to travel the world with her family and meet new people who shared a similar fascination of the subject.
In 2018 she started playing the cello, which she is currently practicing. She is thrilled to be making her recording debut release on Blue, playing music by Lars Hannibal.
Agnete Hannibal Petri’s interest in music spans across many fields. She has a bachelor in musicology with a
certificate from the University of Copenhagen, where she studied from 2015-2019. Although not a professional
musician, she can be found listening, singing and playing with different people in various ensembles in and around the Copenhagen music scene. Since 2015 she has worked in the music industry with various bands and as part of the adventurous Copenhagen-based independent label and publisher Escho.
Amalie Hannibal Petri (b. 1996) has worked in different artistic fields throughout her life. She started performing at the age of seven as a part of a children’s elite drama school, Eventyrteatret, in Copenhagen. For the next eight years she studied drama, dance and singing – both as a part of an ensemble and as a solo performer.
As a teenager she began to explore her own voice. Soon she was writing her own songs, playing concerts and recording music with various bands. She has been doing so ever since. In the spring of 2018, she studied at the LungA art school in Iceland. Here she began to combine the many different forms of artistic expression in her life – beginning her journey as an interdisciplinary artist.
It’s safe to say that a substantial part of Amalie’s creativity consists of exploring the energies that exist between creative fields and which can inspire fresh or unexpected modes of creative output. This has resulted in her solo project, Polly, where she composes and articulates her musical vision through fusing various performing arts disciplines such as dance, dramaturgy and scenography.
In late 2018, Amalie began studying at the Music Performance programme at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, majoring as a singer – and her ability is very clearly demonstrated in “Autumn Rain” – one of the stand-out tracks on this album.

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