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  •  1. Part 1 9:20  PAS DE DEUX  2. Part 2 13:44  Pas de Deux  3. Part 3 4:38  Mari Samuelsen, Hakon Samuelsen, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko  Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) 4. Fratres for violin, string orchestra and percussion 10:25  Mari Samuelsen, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell  Giovanni Sollima (1962 - ) 5. Violoncelles, Vibrez! 11:06  Alisa Weilerstein, Hakon Samuelsen, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell  Ludovico Einaudi (1955 - ) 6. penire 7:04  Mari Samuelsen, Hakon Samuelsen, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell


  • Mari Samuelsen plays on a G.B. Guadagnini violin, Turin 1773, Hakon Samuelsen plays on a Francesco Ruggieri cello, Cremona 1687, both instruments generously loaned to them by the Anders Sveaas Charitable Foundation.
    Recording: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 11/2014 (Horner); Liverpool, The Friary, 1/2015
    Executive Producer: Dr. Alexander Buhr
    Recording & Production Engineer: Simon Rhodes
    Recording Equipment & Organisation: Philip Siney

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    The following articles were written in May, shortly after the Nordic premiere of Pas de Deux in Stavanger. They have been left unaltered as a reminder of the bright and eventful time in the months preceding James Horner’s death, both for the musicians and fans alike. We also present here, our final interview with James Horner, conducted on the morning of May 14. 2015, together with Mari and Håkon Samuelsen. A huge thank you to Mari Samuelsen, Håkon Samuelsen, Torodd Wigum, Eric Rigler and Clara Sanabras for your time and your kindness in talking with me for these interviews. Also a[...]

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    This article was written in May 2015 and was to be part of our special dossier on Pas De Deux and the concert in Stavanger for the first issue of Allegretto.   Now that James Horner feels he has more or less achieved what he wanted to achieve in film scoring, he makes a foray into the concert hall, a world he grew up in but said his goodbyes to well over three decades ago. Of his own admission, it is with a sense of trepidation that he embarks on this career shift, learning from fellow film composers before him that it[...]

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    NORWEGIAN PREMIERE OF PAS DE DEUX - REHEARSAL

    The Stavanger Concert House is an impressive-looking building even from the outside. Opened in 2012, the Fartein Valen concert hall with its 1500 seats has already been renowned internationally for its impressive acoustics. What a great place for a night of James Horner music, including the Nordic premiere of Pas de Deux. James Horner Film Music has been fortunate to enjoy a very good relationship with Mari and Håkon Samuelsen, even preceding the Pas de Deux premier in Liverpool last fall. Once again, we have been allowed to watch up close as this unique event comes together.   As previously reported, James Horner[...]

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    PAS DE DEUX: THE TRAILER

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    61, Happy Birthday Maestro! Remember when we celebrated James Horner's 60th birthday on 14 August 2013 by publishing a long nostalgic article remembering good times past, and sprinkled with a hint of pessimism about the composer's future of his career. (See here) A year later, the gloom changed into impatience, joy and excitement. Impatience because we are only a few weeks away from the premiere of the Double Concerto Pas de Deux. The piece for four horns will then follow next spring. Joy because his music will resound again in theaters with Gabriele Muccino's film by Fathers and Daughters and with the documentary[...]

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