“To say that the phrasing, musicianship and ensemble work between these two musicians is superlative is an understatement.” (Examiner, USA)
“The playing is superb” (Music Web International UK)
“Ein seltener Glücksfall musikalischer Symbiose: Anna Paradisos herrlich „beredtem” Spiel und Laurins mutiger Agogik und feiner Artikulation ist eine Neudeutung zu verdanken, die frei von jeglichem historisierenden Purismus so klingt, als habe man das Stück gerade zum ersten Mal gehört.” (Klassik-Heute)
“Irresistibile il duo formato dal grande virtuoso del flauto dolce e da sua moglie, giovane e stimata clavicembalista. Negli assoli … i due artisti hanno dato prova dello straordinario talento che li contraddistingue.(Press room Festival Leonardo Leo, Italy)”
DUO with DAN LAURIN
Dan Laurin recorders, Anna Paradiso harpsichord and piano. In 2008 Anna began to play with her husband, Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin, with concerts in the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, Italy, UK, Germany, Finland, Slovenia, France and for the Swedish and the Japanese TV and recordings (so far seven) for the Swedish label BIS. Having the unique privilege of communal daily practice as a starting point, Dan and Anna are engaged in a wide range of styles and composers, from the early baroque era to the high-baroque, from 1900 British music to contemporary music written for the duo, both with harpsichord and piano (by composers such as Fredrik Österling, Vito Palumbo, Daniel Börtz, Ingvar Karkoff, Christopher Elg, and more). For baroque music especially, Dan and Anna believe that the study of original sources on performance-practice and basso continuo is fundamental. The rhetorical gestural expression is also very central, since baroque composers and theoreticians looked at the music as a language and at the composition as a speech, with all its rules and structures dictated by the classical rules of rhetorics (Aristoteles, Cicero, Quintilian) . As the sources tell us, music must move, delight and astonish. At the center of all these human passions stands the performer, with his freedom of creating and choosing in the making.
The duo gives also lectures and work-shops in conservatories and in master-classes around the world on themes, such as: classical rhetoric and J.S. Bach, the ‘Affetti’ theory in early Italian baroque, baroque articulation, baroque improvisation, ‘what is baroque’, etc.
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French Delicacies and Italian Fireworks – history of a musical war (music by Hotteterre, Blavet, Royer, Scarlatti, Roman, Veracini, Corelli)
Johan Helmich Roman i Världen – en alldeles sann historia om ett svenskt geniJohan Helmich Roman in the World – an absolutely true story of a Swedish genius (music by: Roman, Mancini, A. Scarlatti, L. Leo, A. Corelli)
French Decadence, German Eloquence and English Elegance (music by CPE Bach, Bowen, Forqueray, Blavet, JS Bach, Murrill)
Songs of Yesterday – an Arcadian Dream (1900 music for recorder and keyboards composed for British recorder player Carl Dolmetsch: Bowen, Berkley, Rubbra, Murrill, Leigh, Scott).
The Sonata Story (music by Fontana, Frescobaldi, Corelli, D. Scarlatti, Rubbra, JS Bach, Österling)
Italian Sounds – the Birth of the Sonata (music by Fontana, Castello, Frescobaldi, Pandolfi Mealli, Berardi, Salvatore)
link to Dan Laurin: www.danlaurin.com
“Compelling soloists with virtuosity and insight to burn … a hugely impressive debut disc”(BBC Music Magazine)
PM is a splendid quartet of players who together make music of the highest caliber and most splendid beauty … the gorgeous tone they produce and the irrepressible exuberance of their performances … I whole heartedly recommend this release for more than an hour’s worth of unalloyed bliss”(Fanfare, USA)
Das Ensemble bündelt noch einmal höchste Lebendigkeit und spielerische Leichtigkeit… Nomen est omen: Diese CD ist paradiesisch!(Klassik Heute, Germany)
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Paradiso Musicale is a baroque ensemble formed by: Dan Laurin, recorders, Henrik Frendin, baroque viola, Anna Paradiso, harpsichord, Mats Olofsson, baroque cello, and, as new member of the ensemble, Jonas Nordberg, luta.
The group first came together in 2007. Discovering a shared pleasure in fine wines and haute cuisine – and in not taking ourselves or each other too seriously – we formed what we like to think of as a luxury ensemble, working in a liberating environment, providing opportunities for experiments with unusual repertoire or playing techniques, and where a concert certainly is an occasion for reflection and emotions, but also for having fun for performer and audience alike.
Paradiso Musicale’s combination of instruments is one for which there are very few original works. We are thereforefree to play the music that we like, whatever it may have been scored for. A rather Baroque approach, in point of fact. The ultimate goal is to achieve the feeling of a jam session when we perform. Consequently, our take on concepts such as authenticity and textual fidelity is less than dogmatic: in the end it all comes down to the creativity and critical thinking of the individual.
PROGRAMS (under construction):
The Father, the Son & the Godfather (music by Telemann, JS Bach and CPE Bach)
Contained in PM’s debut recording for BIS
The CD was also BBC Classical Magazine “choice of the month” in Feb. 2012
C.P.E. Bach’s Trio Sonata for bass recorder, viola and basso continuo formed the centre piece when Paradiso Musicalemet with BIS’ recording producer Marion Schwebel in Länna Church, north of Stockholm. Around it the players have arranged pieces by C.P.E.’s father Johann Sebastian and his godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann into a varied and attractive programme which also illustrates the different professional and aesthetic strategies adopted by these composers.