Mari Samuelsen

September 7, 2019, 9:00 am

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Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen’s debut for Deutsche Grammophon is entitled simply MARI. Recorded with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra and conductor Jonathan Stockhammer, the album explores the contradictions of contemporary life – the fact that, despite the excitement of city life and the convenience of instant communication and express travel, many of us still feel a need to ground ourselves in the peace and quiet of the natural world. Mari herself was born in rural Norway and goes back to the family farm as often as her schedule allows. She was keen, therefore, to choose a selection of music echoing the conflicting pulls on our time and energy.