NEO reflects the use of classical forms in the 20th century – ‘neo classical’. It points to the future, and in music saw composers throwing off the romantic era’s excesses and striving for a new clarity and stability. However, the term NEO in this musical context shouldn’t always be seen as a case of ‘out with the old, in with the new’. The heritage of earlier romantic styles – Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov can be detected in the music by Scriabin, Prokofiev and Shostakovich on this album. In an uncertain and turbulent world, the old ways can be a comfort and provide a sense of stability.
The CD "Firebird" reflects the unpredictable character of the magical glowing bird in Slavic folklore. The bird can be both a blessing and a curse to its captor. Each piece is rich in complexity with unexpected musical elements – contrasting innocence with danger, stillness with flight, weakness with power, and contemplation with drama.
Special thanks to Marios Papadopoulos, the sound engineers Toni Paris and Ian Watson, the Bergen City Council for the funding received and the KNS classical label for publishing.
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Movement & Piano Performance: Oda Voltersvik
Director & choreographer: Mary Ellen Beaudreau
Director of photography & Video Editor: Claudia Lucacel
Creative design: Oda Voltersvik & Mary Ellen Beaudreau
CD "Khoreia" ("Dance") by Volt & Potenza Duo
Primo: Oda Voltersvik Secondo: Giulio Potenza
Velut Luna Label, released April 2016
Click to listen to samples of three tracks:
* R. Schumann: Ball- Scenen Op.109: Preambule
* Philip Martin: `Electric Prisms` (CD commission, 2015)
* E. Grieg: Holberg Suite Op.40: Rigaudon