"Shades & Contrasts" - Christina Sandsengen


At just 27 years old, Norwegian guitarist Christina Sandsengen has already established herself as one of the leading European guitarists of her generation. Her debut release for Odradek pays tribute both to her Scandinavian roots and to the great Iberian guitar tradition, represented by such classics as Francisco Tárrega’s Lágrima and Isaac Albéniz’s Asturias. In addition, Sandsengen’s programme of expressive and colourful 19th and 20th century repertoire features music by two South American mavericks: Nitsuga Mangoré, the self-styled “Paganini of the guitar from the jungles of Paraguay” whose Bachian depiction of a gloomy Cathedral is contrasted with Água e Vinho from the pen of the uniquely creative Brazilian Egberto Gismonti. Latin flamboyance makes way for a Nordic nocturne in the jazzy Late at Night by legendary Norwegian guitar pedagogue Sven Lundestad. Performed with a deeply lyrical feel for melody and an unerringly virtuosic sense of tension, Sandsengen’s recording is an intensely personal statement. As she says: “in hearing it, you know me”.

Christina Sandsengen

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