Title - 'James Horner: Pas de Deux'
Artist - Mari & Hakon Samuelsen
With an amazing debut album for Mercury Classics, and flowing with the quality, love and devotion it obviously took for them to create this delightful, crisp album, James Horner: Pas de Deux is dynamic sibling duo Mari and Hakon Samuelsen's finest hour.
The remarkable rise of Norwegian siblings Mari and Hakon Samuelsen is the result of their characteristic mixture of artistry and enterprise. For more than 20 years on stage, the brother and sister-phenomenon have connected with audience and musicians across the world. The chief aim of the Samuelsen's is to enlarge and expand the repertoire for cello and violin.
Indeed, this autumn, the duo will give the world premiere performance of this new double concerto, Pas de Deux written specifically for the two of them by Oscar-winning composer, James Horner. The concert will mark the opening of the 175th anniversary season of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and will be conducted Vasily Petrenko.
Sadly, James Horner will no longer be in attendance as just a few days ago it was announced that he had died in a private plane crash. Unexpectedly timing this new CD's release for the same month in which he passed, Mari & Hakon Samuelsen took to social media to comment: "We were absolutely devastated by the terrible news of James Horner’s tragic accident.
James was an incredible composer and dear friend who touched our lives in a beautiful way. We will miss him badly. Our thoughts are with his family."
As previously noted, James Horner: Pas de Deux is centered around the world premiere recording of Oscar-winning star composer James Horner's (Titanic, Avatar) new work, Pas de deux, a concerto for Violin, Cello and orchestra written especially for them.
The Norwegian brother and sister have been shown great honor from the regional government and have received several Culture-prices over the years. Listening to this, well, now "tribute" to the late James Horner and you can see why the accolades have been flooding in for the duo. In short,
Mari and Hakon combine highest artistic standards with entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm and drive to create projects that bring classical musical to a wide as possible an audience.
Horner must be very honored to be looking down and listening to this delightful rendition of his Pas de Deux composition, and, I'm sure, will be at that show in Autumn, looking down, smiling.