Performed with a deeply lyrical feel for melody and an unerringly virtuosic sense of tension, Sandsengen’s recording is an intensely personal statement. As she comments:
“in hearing it, you know me”.
SHADES & CONTRASTS
Born in 1987, Norwegian guitarist Christina Sandsengen is already established as one of the leading European guitarists of her generation. Her debut release for Odradek pays tribute both to her Scandinavian roots and to the great Iberian guitar tradition, represented by such classics as Francisco Tárrega’s ‘Lágrima’ and Isaac Albéniz’s ‘Asturias’.
In addition, Sandsengen’s programme of expressive and colourful 19th and 20th century repertoire features music by two South American mavericks: Agustín Barrios Mangoré, the celebrated “Paganini of the guitar from the jungles of Paraguay” whose Bachian depiction of a gloomy Cathedral is contrasted with Àgua e Vinho (Water and Wine) from the pen of the uniquely creative Brazilian Egberto Gismonti.
Latin flamboyance makes way for a Nordic nocturne in the jazzy ‘Late at Night’ by her compatriot Norwegian guitar professor Sven Lundestad. The most substantial work is Carlo Domeniconi’s ‘Koyunbaba’ suite which Sandsengen says “captivates me with its wide spectrum of feelings and Turkish folk spirit”.
——————-The album has received remarkable reviews. See the reviews here. The album is released by Odradek Records in Germany, France, UK, USA, Canada, Japan and South Korea. It has also been released digitally and can be purchased on for example iTunes, or be listened to on Spotify. You can also get the album from your local record store or buy a physical copy on the internet (for example on Amazon or Presto Classical).