“Curiosity first of all”

Heres a brand new interview for the Italian Magazine StrumentieMusica.com:

https://www.strumentiemusica.com/in-evidenza/la-curiosita-prima-di-tutto-intervista-a-bjarke-mogensen/?fbclid=IwAR10hqmRLHise_Cwpzu3MDv-SDX29n7J_i3gs19fYnw1PVpPt4hPN35nQbQ

Helios and The Planets 2020

The first release of the year is out of the box!

Spectacular symphonic music, played on two classical accordions.

The Danish classical accordion duo MYTHOS with their unrivalled instruments offer their own impressive transcriptions of two iconic early-20th century orchestral portraits of heavenly objects, namely Nielsen’s Helios overture (1903) and Holst’s The Planets (1916). 

First, the sun on its course from dawn to dusk, as we follow it from Earth on a daily basis, and then the seven planets out there in space, each with a marked character of its own as imagined by astrologers from times immemorial.

Riveting music, played with force and finesse. Lend an ear, and enjoy! 

Svend Ravnkilde, 2020

Helios and The Planets is MYTHOS’ second album and the follow up on the release ‘Russian Orchestral Music’ with music by Stravinsky, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky (Orchid Classics, 2013). The album surprised both listeners and critics and was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Chamber Choice and Best of 2013 by Graham Rickson from The Arts Desk, https://theartsdesk.com as well as a nomination for Album of the Year on Danish Classical Radio P2.

MYTHOS comprises Bjarke Mogensen and Rasmus Schjærff Kjøller. Both were born and raised on the Island of Bornholm from where the coverphoto is taken. 

Album credits:

Sound Engineer and co-producer: Marc Casanovas (NorCat Lyd)

Cover photo: Lil Lacy
Backside photo: Julie Wouvenaar Tovgaard 

Text: Svend Ravnkilde
 

Accordion tuning by: Viktor Melnyk


Cover editing and layout: Ditte Bolt 

The album was generously supported by 

The Carl Nielsen and Anne-Marie Carl Nielsen Foundation 

The Augustinus Foundation

For more information about MYTHOS: 

https://www.facebook.com/MYTHOS.Classical.Accordion.Duo

Covid postponements and cancellations

Dear all

It is with great sadness that we musicians are unable to share our music on stage the next couple of months but it gives room for some really exiting new projects coming up. I will keep you updated on my Facebookpage as well as my Instagram when I will be performing next time. Until then all the events in my calendar until June can be considered postponed untill further notice. Fortuneately some unexpected great news has arrived which I will share with you in the next post coming up next week. Until then you can get a quick follow up on some of the events I have been participating in in the early months of 2020.

Standing ovation at Ruders premiere

Winner of the P2 Listeners Prize 2019

At a grand live broadcasted radio show this week in Musikkens Hus, Aalborg Bjarke Mogensen received the DR P2 Listeners Prize 2019. Bjarke was also nominated Classical Release of the Year for his album ‘Bjarke Mogensen plays Domenico Scarlatti’. What a grand evening!

Thank you DR P2 Radio for the nomination, and to thanks to everyone who voted for this album!

Bjarke Mogensen, usually plays music written in score, and more often than not it is music written less than 50 years ago, indeed frequently music commissioned for or by him : concertos, chamber music, solo pieces. He has, however, a great love for keyboard works from the Renaissance and the Baroque, and they frequently appear in his recitals - but it is only now that he launches his first recording of this type of music, a selection of 13 solo sonatas from the vast legacy of the inimitable Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757).

Nominated for Classical Album of the Year 2018!

2018 is about to reach an end but there is still important news to receive! My cd from january ‘Bjarke Mogensen Plays Domenico Scarlatti’ has been nominated Classical Release of the Year by Danish National Radio P2. You can even give me or the other nominees a vote for the Listeners Prize:

https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/kultur/klassisk/lyt-og-stem-hvem-har-lavet-aarets-klassiske-album

You can buy the album online at the this link:

 https://gatewaymusic.dk/album/25150


Bjarke Mogensen modtager Wilhelm Hansen Fondens Hæderspris 2018

Anders Koppel 71 – 2nd Accordion Concerto world premiere

Congratulations to Anders Koppel who today turns 71! Yesterday I had the privilige of premiering his 2nd Accordion Concerto at @Frederiksværk Musikfestival for a terrific audience with The Danish Youth Ensemble and conductor Morten Ryelund. The Concerto was generously supported by Oticon Fonden, Augustinus fonden & Statens Kunstfond. A huge thanks for the fundraising work to Lone Ricks. And a big thank you to Frederiksværk Musikfestival for hosting the performance of this great new piece.

Next two performances of the concerto in this coming week:

20/7 Sankt Nicolai Kirke, Bornholm
23/7 Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen

New Video Release by Ida Bach Jensen:

In between posts: A brand new video produced by Ida Bach Jensen:

Winter Impressions

It has been a busy couple of months since my last post so I have to divide this one up in bits starting of with a few impressions from my winter schedule in Portugal and Russia…

In february  I was invited to the festival Folefest by artistic leader and professor Paulo Ferreira to perform in the cities of Lisbon & Castelo Branco and give a Masterclass at the National Conservatory. Folefest proved to be a very unique festival celebrating the repertoire  originally written for the instrument. Accordionists in general, including myself sometimes feel the need to include transcriptions in our concerts in order to perform at mainstream venues and festivals. Experiencing this festival focusing exclusively on the accordions own repertoire was very heart warming. At my solo recitals I performed music by good ol’timers Martin Lohse, Christos Farmakis as well as a brand new solo piece by 60th jubilee Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen entitled ‘Ophelia’ written on the material of Svend’s concerto ‘Ofelia Danser’ for accordion & Sinfonietta.

Please visit the festivals website for more information:

http://www.folefest.com

Masterclass at the National Conservatoriy

In December I was travelling on behalf of the Erasmus + teachers programme where I had the privilege of giving a masterclass with the students of the legendary Gnessin Academy getting acquainted with professors from all over Russia. After the masterclass I was sitting in the jury of the national bayan and accordion competition for young bayanists and accordion players experiencing an incredibly high level of performances leaving an impression of a huge tradition of playing the instrument from a young age. I ended my stay with a solo recital with a handful of premieres by the composers Christos Farmakis, Nick Martin & Martin Lohse.