The meeting of Violin and Guitar was a marriage made in heaven, but it took a virtuoso master on BOTH instruments to turn it into a continental craze! And who was that master? Niccolo Paganini. Surprised? While known as a mysterious ﬁddler of near-supernatural abilities, it was said he was an even better guitarist! All told, Paganini penned dozens of sonatas, Grand Duos and extravagant sets of variations for the combination, not to mention trios and quartets. Four years after Paganini’s death in 1840, the Spanish virtuoso Martín Melitón Pablo de Sarasate y Navascués was born. Even though Sarasate composed no original works for guitar, the instrument’s sound, and the rhythms and melodies of Spain inspired every page of Sarasate’s music. Listening to Lars Hannibal’s arrangements, you quickly forget the composer originally wrote the part for piano or orchestra!
Violinist Kim Sjøgren and guitarist Lars Hannibal formed Duo Concertante in 1980. During the following 15 years the Duo played more than 1.000 concerts throughout Denmark and Europe. Duo Concertante’s 10th anniversary concert was held in Wigmore Hall in London. In addition to programming a rich variety of music, Sjøgren and Hannibal took a fresh approach to the standard classical concert format at the time, and casually engaged with their audiences with anecdotes and humour. Many established Danish composers wrote works for Duo Concertante, like Vagn Holmboe, Herman D. Koppel, Jørgen Jersild and Palle Mikkelborg. Altogether Duo Concertante recorded 10 CD’s, including 7 albums for EMI featuring music ranging from the contemporary works composed for the Duo as well as popular classics and cross-over projects with artists from other genres. This openness towards genres inspired the duo to form the Birth of a Quartet in 1988 together with trumpet player and composer Palle Mikkeborg and double bass player Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and a Trio with jazz violin player Svend Asmussen. Duo Concertante also recorded and toured with Danish pop singer Birthe Kjær.
KIM SJØGREN was born in 1955 and started playing violin at the age of 3. When he was only 12 years old, he was accepted as a student by The Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Denmark, where he had his debut appearance at the age of 17. After studying abroad for 3 years he joined the Royal Danish Orchestra, and at the age of 22 he became its concert master, the youngest ever in the history of the orchestra. Kim Sjøgren has recorded extensively on many labels, including his own But of Course label, both as a chamber musician with various ensembles, and as soloist with orchestra in the violin concertos by Carl Nielsen, Mozart, Beethoven, Max Bruch, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and his own violin concerto: Saxo Concerto. In addition to his violin concerto and other works for violin he has composed music for ﬁlm, TV and theatre. In 2004 Kim Sjøgren was appointed Professor of violin and chamber music at The Royal Academy of Music in Århus. Kim Sjøgren performs frequently throughout the world as a classical violin soloist and as a musical stand-up entertainer, combining humour and music.
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 7 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.
From 1980 to 1995, Kim and Hannibal, released ten CD’s. The track-list on this CD features newly remastered selections from two of those legendary albums!
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