«Cello and piano are equal partners on this disc, and both players find an admirable delicacy. Compelling interpretations of 20th-century Russian cello classics.»

FP – BBC Music Magazine, January 2018 review_LWC1131_BBC_music_Magacine.pdf

«This recording with the Sonata for cello and piano, op. 19, by Rachmaninov and the Sonata for cello and piano, op. 40, of Shostakovich is the perfect setting for Sandvik and Bjelland. The two musicians have learned to extract the Russian musical spirit with all the resources at their disposal.»
Carme Miró – Sonograma Magazine 29.11.17 review_LWC1131_sonograma_magazine.pdf

«Rachmaninov’s as well as Shostakovich’s cello sonatas are most representative works for the Russian chamber music of the first half of the 20th century. Both compositions express deep feelings. The Norwegian performers present powerful and genuine interpretations for both works, emphasizing the lyrical character of the sonatas.»
Uwe Krusch – Pizzicato 10.01.18

«[...] recommended to all Rachmaninov fans, and fans of cello music in general are likely to get their money's worth.»
Dr. Uta Swora –, 15.02.18

«These are two of the greatest cello pieces, and they are played here with polish and passion.»
D. Moore – American Record Guide, April 2018 review_LWC1131_AmericanRecordGuide.pdf


TV broadcasts

Shostakovitch and Rachmaninoff Cello Sonatas. Sveinung Bjelland piano.

Bloch, Prayer. Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Ari Rasilainen.

Shostakovich Trio Op. 8, Nr 1. Ilya Gringolts violin, Severin von Eckardstein piano (replacement for Heinrich Schiff).


Special projects with The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Bud Beyer theatrical direction (performed from memory). Project exploring new approaches to musical performance and new relationships between musicians and the audience.

Rodin’s ‘Gates of Hell’ Concert Exhibition / Shostakovich Chamber Symphony in C minor Op. 110a. Bud Beyer theatrical direction (performed from memory).

Richard Strauss, Metamorphosen. (performed from memory) The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.

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