Danish Bjarke Mogensen (b. 1985) is the new star of the accordion in a country where there are already fine accordion traditions. On this CD Bjarke is accompanied by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rolf Gupta in new Danish accordion concertos by Per Nørgård, Ole Schmidt, Anders Koppel and Martin Lohse – the last two written specifically for the young soloist.
The winner of numerous international competitions, the brilliant young accordion player Ksenija Sidorova here presents her debut recording; a recital for solo classical accordion. A particularly accomplished artist, Ksenija has collaborated with many leading musicians (including the Belcea Quartet, and Valergy Gergiev with the CBSO), and won numerous awards and accolades. Still an underexploited resource in western classical music, the accordion has had a fast-increasing amount of music written for it since the mid-20th Century. Here, Ksenija Sidrova brings a varied recital featuring some of the best contemporary compositions for the classical accordion, alongside transcriptions of well-known works.
Angelo DiPippo, arrranger and conductor has been rated as one of the best arrangers on both sides of the Atlantic. His arrangements have been featured on hundredths of recordings and performances with such stars as, James Earl Jones, Robert Merrill, Eddie Fisher, Donald O' Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Billy Eckstine, etc.