8 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his first concert work in three decades, film-composer James Horner (Titanic, Braveheart, Avatar) has written a crowd-pleasing double concerto for Norwegian violin- and cello-playing siblings Mari and Håkon Samuelsen. Lush, romantic, virtuosic, and coupled with haunting works by Arvo Pärt, Giovanni Sollima (with cellist Alisa Weilerstein) and Ludovico Einaudi, Pas de deux makes quite an impact. This version boasts a bonus in Johan Halvorsen’s thrilling transcription for violin and cello of Handel’s Passacaglia.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

For his first concert work in three decades, film-composer James Horner (Titanic, Braveheart, Avatar) has written a crowd-pleasing double concerto for Norwegian violin- and cello-playing siblings Mari and Håkon Samuelsen. Lush, romantic, virtuosic, and coupled with haunting works by Arvo Pärt, Giovanni Sollima (with cellist Alisa Weilerstein) and Ludovico Einaudi, Pas de deux makes quite an impact. This version boasts a bonus in Johan Halvorsen’s thrilling transcription for violin and cello of Handel’s Passacaglia.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Good start...

JackRSkellington

I hope Horner writes more concert music-he's one of those composers whose concert style is the same as his film style. This will attract scorn from the classical conservatives, but for his fans it's bliss.
The concerto is a bit all over the place and the solo writing isn't very concertante. One could make the argument that his film music is of exactly the same quality as this concert effort. I think that's a good thing. In general there are bits of his other pieces to be found in this piece, but perhaps its closest relative is the wonderful score he wrote for Iris. Very happy about this release...not revolutionary, but beautiful and a promising "debut effort." I hope he writes more after the early traumatic concert experiences early in his life.

Exactly what you’d expect from Horner…but still good!

ginoc009

I’ve been listening to James Horner since I was 12 and while most of his themes are pretty much a variation of his Star Trek, Glory and Braveheart scores, he almost always writes music that soars. Pas de Deux is no different. All his recognizable motifs are in this piece but it still gives me chills and causes me to pick up the pace with what I’m doing. Plenty of other “respected” composers on both the classical and film score end of the symphonic spectrum don’t even rate that. If you like James Horner’s lush, sweeping style, this music is for you.

Exquisite

VanDave

Simply marvelous. Lush harmonies. Soaring in places, delicate in others. Bravo Mr. Horner!

About Mari Samuelsen

Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen has often been heard in concert with her brother, cellist Håkon Samuelsen. As she completed her education in the early 2010s, she began to emerge into a solo career.

Born in 1985, Samuelsen began playing the violin at age three and took lessons at a music school near her home in Hamar, Norway. Soon she attracted the attention of violinist Arve Tellefsen in Oslo and studied with him for ten years. The Mari-Håkon partnership flowered during their teens, when they presented novel concerts such as one in 2003 where they both played Stradivarius instruments. Samuelsen also took lessons at Oslo's Barratt Due Institute of Music and then moved to Zurich to study with Zakhar Bron at the Zurich University of the Arts. She received two master's degrees there in 2012 and has also taken master classes with Ana Chumachenco, Ivry Gitlis, Donald Weilerstein, and Pamela Frank.

Samuelsen has given solo recitals at New York's Carnegie Hall; Wolf Trap outside Washington, D.C.; the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris; and Zurich's Tonhalle. Her concerto appearances have featured collaborations with David Zinman, Seiji Ozawa, Vasily Petrenko, and Howard Griffiths, among others. Samuelsen has played in chamber ensembles with Leif Ove Andsnes, Igor Levit, and many other top players. Her recording debut came with Håkon Samuelsen in 2015 on the album Pas de Deux, featuring an original composition by the late American film composer James Horner; the work was one of his last before his death in a plane crash. In 2017 she once again joined Håkon for the recital Nordic Noir, where they were backed by the innovative Trondheimsolisten chamber orchestra.

Samuelsen plays a fine G.B. Guadagnini (Turin 1773) generously on loan from Anders Sveaas charitable foundation, Oslo, and a Dominique Peccatte bow on loan from Sparebanken Hedmark. ~ James Manheim

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1985

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