Born in 1972, Sebastian Fagerlund was recently described as yet another obscenely talented young musician from Finland (MusicWeb International). The musicians of the eminent Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra revel in the composers striking gift for orchestration, in performances supervised by the rapidly emerging young conductor Dima Slobodeniouk, The clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvists playing served as inspiration for the composer as he wrote his colourful and eventful Clarinet Concerto. Partita is a work consisting of three movements with titles that mirror the composers concerns: Cerimonia (Ceremony), Risonanza (Resonance) and Preghiera (Prayer). Closing the disc is Isola (Island) which sprang from a visit by the composer to an island in the Turku archipelago formerly used to segregate lepers and the mentally ill from the rest of society - an isle of the dead which today is an idyllic holiday location. A similar alternation of darkness and light, of movement and motionlessness, of violence and sensitivity, permeates Fagerlunds tone poem.
Dedicated performances and fine recording quality give the music every chance to speak. --Gramophone,Sept'11
Full marks to clarinettist Christopher Sundqvist, the Gothenburg Syphony and Dima Slobodeniouk for putting all this music across with such power,intelligence and refinement,and to BIS for demonstration-quality recordings. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11
Slobodeniouk obtains thrilling playing from his Gothenburgers,who have to leap through some pretty virtuosic hoops,and no one will be suprised to read that BIS has captured it all in first-rate sound.Snap this one up. --IRR,Oct'11