Gunnar Berg

Chamber Music Works with Piano

Signe Asmussen, mezzo-soprano
Arne Balk-Møller, violin
Per Morten Bye, trumpet
John Ehde, cello
Erik Kaltoft, piano
Kenneth Larsen, clarinet
Signe Madsen, violin
Søren Monrad, marimba
Torben Snekkestad, saxophone
Niels Ullner, cello

Gunnar Berg, composer

About:

The Danish composer Gunnar Berg (1909-1989) was part of the international modernist milieu in post-war Europe, and his music has only recently become known and acknowledged in earnest in his native Denmark. This premiere recording of a number of Berg’s chamber music works with piano from the 1950s and 1960s offers unusual instrument combinations including saxophone, trumpet, bass clarinet and marimba; in addition, a mezzo-soprano sings in the major work Tøbrud (Thaw) from 1961: a piece whose title can now be said to have taken on symbolic meaning given the renewed interest in the composer.