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Pas de Deux
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Composed and Orchestrated by:

Additional Music by:
Arvo Part
Giovanni Sollima
Ludovico Einaudi

Conducted by:
Vasily Petrenko
Clark Rundell

Performed by:
Mari Samuelsen
Hakon Samuelsen
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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Mercury Classics
(June 9th, 2015)
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Buy it... if you seek what essentially amounts to a 28-minute bonus James Horner score to appreciate after his death, the composer's predictable stylistic mannerisms beautifully expressed by the solo and ensemble performers.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear traditional thematic development equal to a film score or more than pensive, meandering material akin to a light 1990's drama for Horner until the rousing five-minute conclusion.
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WRITTEN 7/18/15
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Pas de Deux: (James Horner) The death of composer James Horner in a June 2015 plane accident represented one of the most sudden and devastating blows to the film music industry in its history, but if there was any consolation during this time of loss, it was the fact that Horner had been extremely busy in 2014 and early 2015 writing music for films and returning after many decades to the concert scene. The composer had become disillusioned with the methods and atmosphere of Hollywood over the prior ten years and had retreated into a pattern of writing music for only his established and trusted collaborators. It was in part out of this frustration with the industry that he decided to once again embrace concert writing in the 2010's, a return to his roots prior to film music stardom. After Horner scored Harald Zwart's remake of The Karate Kid in 2010, the director introduced him to the Norwegian sibling musical duo of violinist Mari Samuelsen and cellist Hakon Samuelsen. Zwart had set up a private performance by the pair for Horner at his home in 2011, an evening that the composer almost missed because of, forebodingly, problems landing his private plane. It was the bold attempt of the Samuelsens, both fans of Horner's film music, to ask him to write a piece specifically for them. With financing help from the Tom Wilhelmsen Foundation, the half hour of music resulting from Horner over a period from 2011 to 2014 was premiered in November of 2014, featuring the Samuelsens and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko. The work was released on album along with other contemporary music performed by the Samuelsens and accompanying ensemble shortly before Horner's death. Despite being the first significant double concerto for violin, cello, and full orchestra since Johannes Brahms's "Double Concerto in A Minor" dating back to 1887, a fact that Horner was very cognizant of, response to the premiere performance was mixed. The audience afforded it a standing ovation but several reviewers became bored with its rather tepid emotional restraint for most of its length. Nevertheless, there stood a rare chance that the piece would be performed again based on the composer's name and untimely death. Horner was encouraged enough by the process to be commissioned in 2014 to write a concerto for four French horns on behalf of his veteran collaborators with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. While that work was not released before his death, Horner saw these efforts as a way to bring his career in a full circle.



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Total Time: 56:28
• 1. Pas de Deux (Part 1) - composed by James Horner (9:20)
• 2. Pas de Deux (Part 2) - composed by James Horner (13:44)
• 3. Pas de Deux (Part 3) - composed by James Horner (4:43)
• 4. Fratres - composed by Arvo Part (10:29)
• 5. Violoncelles, Vibrez! - composed by Giovanni Sollima (11:11)
• 6. Divenire - composed by Ludovico Einaudi (7:04)
(27:45 by James Horner)

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The insert includes extensive notation about the concerto, composer, and artists (in three languages).
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