"The Journeyman's Test"
Accordion Duo CD featuring Lars Røyseng and Stian Aase
Reading from the CD notes: Lars Røyseng and Stian Aase
are amongst the leading musicians on the accordion in Norway.
During their studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Røyseng/Aase
duo was born, and this is their first release. They have held
over 300 school concerts for the Norwegian "Rikskonsertene"
as well as concerts in Bulgaria, Iceland, Italy, Sweden, the Czech
Republic and Germany. Twice, the duo has received prizes in the
international accordion competition in Castelfidardo, Italy. Røyseng/Aase
have also won the Norwegian championships three times. In autumn
of 2006, they participated in the television show "Kjempesjansen"
on NRK1 that had almost 1 million viewers. The duo received many
praises for both their performance in this talent show, and for
the great publicity they gave the accordion.
It is easy to believe these two musicians are so highly recognized
after listening to this very outstanding CD "The Journeyman's
Test" and hearing not only that piece but also the several
other satisfying musical offerings.
This is one CD which will appeal to many types of accordionists,
whether amateur or professional. In fact the music will find approval
by the general audience as well, since the repertoire is quite
varied, both lively and sentimental. Each and every selection
is performed extremely well. All of the arrangements are fine!
Both the musicianship and technical attributes of these two performers
is more than adequate to give great satisfaction to all listeners!
I found it also quite entertaining...a recording which I believe
you will want to listen to many times. It is understandable why
they have earned many awards and the praise of listeners, including
all those of the young people in the schools where they have given
so many concerts.
Included on the recording are:
The Journeyman's Test (J.A. Lie), is an exciting opening piece
for any program, great bellows strength shown throughout;
Mischievous Tunes (V. Gridin) a Russian standard which many will
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 (E. Grieg/Arr. L. Røyseng)
featuring the Prelude, Sarabande and Rigaudoun from the famous
string orchestra suite now well adapted for the duo;
Traningo - Introduction and Tango (A.-M. Saira), a very intriguing
composition, lovely throughout with beautiful Left Hand work,
non-intrusive percussive accents and a piece with some surprising
Dance of the Grasshoppers (V. Vesterinen/Arr. A. Grothe), will
make you want to dance since it is truly "toe-tapping"
music performed with great care;
Moldovian Dance (A. Balan) featuring typical dance and harmonic
elements for that region;
Concerto, Op. 3, No. 8 - Allegro, Larghetto e spiritoso, Allegro
(A. Vivaldi/J.S. Bach/Trans. By R. Jung) performed in great Vivaldi
style and finesse;
Close Your Eyes and Listen (A. Piazzolla/Arr. A.-M. Saira) one
of the most beautiful of Piazzolla's works, played with great
The Sound of Saratov (A. Shalajev) offers another proof of the
musical artistry shown throughout the CD by this duo. It is a
great finale piece for the CD program.
The repertoire includes music the duo has been using since they
started the duo 10 years ago and the listener becomes well aware
of this great asset since the two musicians do indeed play extremely
well together and in a finely balanced sound. Øivind Farmen
recorded, edited and mixed the recording. I admired all of their
musical efforts and believe you will, also.
CD Label/Company: AskerLadden Kulturverksted
One may learn more about the artists at http://www.duojupiter.com
Reviewed by Joan
Cochran Sommers - January, 2009.