With both parents professional violinists, Swedish violinist Christian Svarfvar was exposed to music from a very early age.
Initially coming to attention via the appointment "Rising Star" by European Concert Hall Organisation. (ECHO)
Today he is one of Scandinavias most admired musicians with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings, including two albums with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
His solo concerts have taken him around the globe to many of the most prestigious concert halls; Concertgebouw, Bozar, Cité de la Musique, Musikverein, Kölner Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, and Carnegie Hall, to name but a few.
JS BACH RECOMPOSED
‘The Bach violin concertos are not only one of the Baroque period highlights, but are one of the foundations of the entire history of music’ writes Swedish violinist Christian Svarfvar on his new album of Bach Re Composed by fellow Swede Johan Ullén. ‘
It’s a whole world of beauty in 60 minutes. Then you may ask yourself: why recompose something that is already so perfect?’ The result is this brilliant album of re-composed Bach concertos, with a fearless and technically challenging stratospheric solo violin part contrasting with enriched cellos and basses.
Bach was forward-looking and his influence has traveled the centuries, influencing jazz, rock, and pop musicians as well as every classical composer who came after him.
Beloved Baroque violin concertos are given a thrillingly imaginative revamp
"The soaring quality of Svarfvar’s high range is impressively used in several movements – and the album is certainly worth listening to for Svarfvar’s performance alone"
"INTOXICATING ATMOSPHERE, DELICIOUS RUBATO AND LOVELY SOUND"
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
According to the Grieg, these three Violin Sonatas epitomize central stages in his artistic development: he called the first one "naive, rich in models; the second the national; and the third the one with the wide horizon". Grieg rated these three sonatas amongst his best works
The Financial Times chief critic, Andrew Clarke praised the album highly and gave it 5/5
CD | NOV 2018
BRUCH & STENHAMMAR
CD | APR 2016
APRÈS UN REVE
CD | NOV 2013
GRIEG VIOLIN SONATAS
Selecting works by these three French composers, the Swedish team of Christian Svarfvar and Roland Pöntinen have put together a recital framed by Fauré’s sonata and that by Ravel, composed some 50 years later and here serving as a reminder of the new influences that reached France in the meantime. The Strad described the CD as "Breathtaking performances" and called it “An outstanding release".
On his first album for Rubicon, Svarfvar teams up with London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Joana Carneiro.
They feature one of the best loved of all 19th-century concertos, Max Bruch's evergreen Violin Concerto No.1.
Wilhelm Stenhammar's warmly romantic Violin Sonata and Sentimental Romances complete the recording.
Gramophone wrote on the album that "Svarfvar radiates tenderness"
"Christian Svarfvar muses poetically over the opening solo of the Bruch Concerto. His dreamy approach is mesmeric, in any case. His tone gleams, and the way he tugs yearningly on the leading tones draws one in. Svarfvar´s playing radiates tenderness."
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