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Stained Glass - Dalene, Hadland

Stained Glass - Dalene, Hadland

BIS  BIS-2730

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Chamber


Works by Bacewicz, L Boulanger, Prokofiev, Pärt, Ravel

Johan Dalene (violin)
Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)


This recital brings together two established classics from the 20th century with lesser-known works from the repertoire for violin and piano. Alongside Ravel’s Sonata, a work that reveals the influence of jazz on the French composer, and Prokofiev’s wartime Sonata, Op. 94a, an idiomatic arrangement of its original version for flute, we find compositions by Arvo Pärt, Lili Boulanger and Grażyna Bacewicz, which, at times meditative, at times lyrical, at times folk-inspired, testify to the richness of this repertoire.

These works are here performed by Johan Dalene, the Swedish-Norwegian winner of the 2019 Nielsen Competition. The present disc is violinist’s fourth release on BIS, following a recording of the Nielsen and Sibelius Concertos named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and awarded the 2023 Swedish Grammis Award for Best Classical, the Tchaikovsky Concerto described as ‘one of the finest violin débuts of the last decade’ in BBC Music Magazine, and ‘Nordic Rhapsody’, a violin and-piano recital that was awarded distinctions such as Diapason d’or and Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice. As with that release, Dalene is given here the expert support of Christian Ihle Hadland who has also appeared on other much-lauded recordings, most recently one dedicated to Saint-Saëns’ violin sonatas.

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Comment by Jan Arell - September 6, 2023 (1 of 1)

I just randomly picked a recent Bis recording.
What are your reactions to Apple's acquisition of Bis Records?
I think it will work out fine for everyone involved, including us listeners.
Apple gets a prestige label for not that much money.
Bis gets continued releases of their often adventurous catalogue. Perhaps they may reach a much larger public as well.

As an avid Bis fan, I'm happy that Bis is taken over by a company that have moved the boundaries for good sound quality within the hemisphere that Apple works at. I do hope that Eclassical will be kept as it is. Spatial Audio is quite ok for earphones but for my main speakers, nothing compares to hi rez downloads från Eclassical (and others, of course).