The guitar as a solo instrument, for accompanying and as an equal partner among chamber musicians
For more than forty years, the prize-winning composer Lars Hegaard has been an important voice in Danish musical life. With the composer’s own instrument, the guitar, as the central focus, Jesper Sivebæk presents six of his most important chamber works on a new album.
The Octagonal Room album brings together first recordings of six works by the Danish composer Lars Hegaard (b. 1950). The common denominator for all six works is the guitar – Hegaard’s own instrument – and it features as the constantly recurring instrument on the album – as a solo instrument, for accompanying and in various chamber music ensembles.
The guitar centre stage
The guitarist Jesper Sivebæk is the central figure in Octagonal Room. The Danish, award-winning guitarist has acquired a comprehensive range of concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, is also the co-founder of the Scandinavian Guitar Duo and has given Danish first performances of guitar concertos of a number of high-profile composers.
On the new release, Sivebæk performs as a soloist in Four Rhythmical Pieces from 1999, as an accompanist for the mezzo-soprano Signe Asmussen in Trois Poèmes d’Arthur Rimbaud from 2003, and in various chamber works with such artists as the violinist Cæcilie Balling, the violist Tim Frederiksen, the cellist Morten Zeuthen and the Alba String Quartet.
Associations and contrasts
Lars Hegaard’s music has as its focal point how associations and contrasts develop in time and in relation to each other when individual occurrences and musical phenomena alternate. On Octagonal Room, his modernist expressiveness is to the fore with traces of both popular music and classical modernism, and the six different works provide a fascinating picture of the range and potential of the guitar.