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Solo Perfomances 2018

Bjarke Mogensen – accordion

2018

“Sonatas Intertwined”

Domenico Scarlatti & Martin Lohse

The accordion is a unique solo instrument and one of the youngest instruments in the classical family. But thanks to a number of pioneering performers through the recent decades, contemporary composers are having a growing interest in using the accordion in a range of constellations, not least as a solo instrument. However, the possibilities of arranging music written for other instruments is sometimes very tempting. Already during my early teens I was hypnotised by the harpsichord sonatas of Domenico Scarlattis. I have performed this music ever since and few if any composers have stayed in my repertoire as steadily.

Martin Lohse is one of my closest composing collaborators. He has written a large collection of works for me and my accordion the the past 10 years.

Already at my debut concert from The Royal Academy of Music I decided to make a programme which had music of these two composers as its foundation making small suites of Scarlattis sonatas set up against the contemporary works of Martin Lohse.

This year I have decided to enhance this programme with new works written during the past year by 60th anniversary composer Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen and another longterm collaborator of mine, Anders Koppel whos concerto I will be premiering this summer in the Tivoli Concert Hall and Frederiksværk Musikfestival.

The programme can be heard at several concerts this year beginning with 2 recitals in Portugal at Festival Folefest in Lisabon 9th-13th of february. You can find all the dates in my calendar which has recently been updated with a series of new events:

 

Bjarke Solo Carnegie Hall

Flotte anmeldelser af ny CD

Det har været en fantastisk start på året. Først blev CD’en Bjarke Mogensen Plays Domenico Scarlatti Ugens CD på P2, og nu er der strøget 3 fine anmeldelser ind fra aviserne:

Politiken: 5 hjerter

http://www.pressreader.com/denmark/politiken/20180104/282102047057461

Fyns Stiftstidende: 4 hjerter

https://www.fyens.dk/kultur/Klassisk-Scarlatti-nu-paa-akkordeon/artikel/3214072

Bornholms Tidende:

http://tidende.dk/?Id=83775

Ugens CD på P2:

https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/kultur/klassisk/vi-anbefaler/bjarke-bliver-ramt-i-hjertet-af-scarlatti-musikken-rummer-baade

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).

New Scarlatti-release Album of the Week on National Danish Radio

On New Years Day I received news from P2 Klassisk that my Scarlatti Album was chosen Album of The Week. I feel so grateful and it is an immense joy to share this new release with so many listeners!

https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/kultur/klassisk/vi-anbefaler/bjarke-bliver-ramt-i-hjertet-af-scarlatti-musikken-rummer-baade

Order Album here:

https://gatewaymusic.dk/album/25150

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).

Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti

 

-Upcoming Album-
Bjarke Mogensen Plays Domenico Scarlatti
Release date 1-12-2017

In less than 2 weeks I will be presenting my brand new disc with music by Domenico Scarlatti. A composer for whose music I always had a very soft spot. It has been an extremely exciting proces and an inspiration to work with these incredibly original pieces and a huge privilege to have maestro Marc Casanovas working tirelessly by my side to make this happen. A huge thank you to Svend Ravnkilde for the album cover image and album liner notes. Cover design was made by Tina Damgaard.

Presentation concert in Frederiksberg Slotskirke 1/12 17.00.

17.00
Free Entrance

Special release concert offer: 100 DKK

DANSK:
Mit spritnye Scarlatti-album udgives d.1/12 og jeg kan ikke vente med at dele denne skive med jer! Release-koncerten finder sted om små 2 uger i Frederiksberg Slotskirke. Jeg glæder mig enormt til at præsentere denne musik til releasen i Frederiksberg Slotskirke d.1/12 2017 kl.17.00.
Manden bag pletskuddet til mit albumcover er Svend Ravnkilde, som ligeledes har bistået med en fremragende og koncis booklettekst. Ligeledes stor tak til tonemester Marc Casanovas.
Gratis Entré

 

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Portrait - Martin Mydtskov Rønne

Usedomer Musikfestival, Germany

The Usedomer Musikfestival had a Danish theme this year and I was lucky enough to be invited for a solo-recital. I brought works by Ole Schmidt as well as two of my main composer collaborators, Martin Lohse and Christos Farmakis and a fantasy on a Bornholm Folk Song  joined by cellist Josefine Opsahl. What a place, what an organization and what an audience! Currently on tour with KOTTOS in Greece which will have its own little update very soon. Next stop is a december visit to Moscow giving masterclass and a solo concert at the Gnessin Music Institute.

http://www.usedomer-musikfestival.de/index.php?id=2

Bjarke Mogensen & Lisbeth Balslev - Leaves

Leaves – The Colour of Falling – Upcoming tour-dates

Once again its time to prepare my quartertonal reedblocks for the upcoming tour with Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra. Tour Dates goes as follows:

02.03 – EINDHOVEN, NL – Muziekgebouw Eindhoven / Cross Linx | Info & Tickets

03.03 – GRONINGEN, NL – De Oosterpoort / Cross Linx | Info & Tickets

04.03 – ROTTERDAM, NL – De Doelen / Cross Linx Info & Tickets

05.03 – AMSTERDAM, NL – Muziekgebouw / Cross Linx | Info & Tickets

09.03 – LONDON, UK – Barbican | Info & Tickets

10.03 – BRUSSELS, BE – Ancienne Belgique | Info & Tickets

Bjarke Mogensen & Lisbeth Balslev - LeavesBjarke Mogensen, quarter tone accordion – Lisbeth Balslev, soprano at the Opera Leaves – The Colour of Falling premiered at Cph Opera Festival

KOTTOS-093-Edit - Small print

New KOTTOS disc Receives Radio Listeners Prize from Danish State Radio

Our new album from my quartet KOTTOS received the P2 Radio Listeners Prize. The other nominees included the outstanding Raphael De Burgos & The National Danish Radio Orchestra as well as Barbara Hannigan and Hans Abrahamsens new album Let Me Tell You which has already received worldwide acclaim. Needless to say we were in outstanding company which makes this prize even more surreal. The new album is in many ways exceptional consisting exclusively on our own compositions including three of these by yours truly.  Thank you everyone who took the time to leave us a vote!

Folk music from lands that never existed. Includes compositions by Bjarke Mogensen a.o.

Kottos (2016) Gateway Music

Order album here

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KOTTOS P2 Radio Nomination !

Great news for my quartet of great and curious musicians. KOTTOS has been nominated for the Danish P2 State Radio Listeners Prize for our new album released may 2016. Please take two seconds to leave a vote for us on this link :

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New Light Messiah – December Concerts

2 years ago the conductor and composer Bo Holten asked me if I wanted to do a completely new version together of Handels Messiah with his Musica Ficta a leading danish Vocal Ensemble. Using my accordion for such an epic masterpiece was very tempting but also quite a challenge so I came up with the idea of inviting my friends from KOTTOS . 8 singers singing all parts accompanied by a quartet of accordion, bouzouki, recorder & cello.
The premiere received great reviews last year a.o. 5 hearts in the National Newspaper Politiken.

Skt. Pauls Kirke, København – 15. december kl. 19.00
Skt. Nicolai Kirke, Rønne – 17. december kl. 16.00
Hans Tausens Kirke, København – 18. december kl. 16.00