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Very good news for the fans of Truls (I´m one since many years :) ) He is back playing: tonight in Stuttgart with the Radio Symphony Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt, Shosta, Concerto nº1. He seems to be recovering from a serious disease for what he stop to play since April 2009.

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Thanks Martina, tell me something after.

Hi Christian

I had a fantastic evening listening to a great Cellist playing my faevorite Cello concerto! Completely satisfied :)

Applaus didn´t stop, he had to come back in about 5 times until he gave in an played an encore. He chose a slow, very melancholic piece, Britten I believe. To me it´s always amazing how a single player can grab fully grab the audience, make them freeze, forget to brathe...

hope he comes back.

I also hope to find a recording of him playing Shostakovich Cello concerto.

And of course, the cello sounds fantastic too

Martina

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There are many examples of Truls Mork on YouTube.Just search for 'Truls Mork'.

J. S. Bach - Suite Pour Violoncelle Bwv 1009 is excellent.

One candid 'Comment' from a Bach listener on YouTube describes him well... "Dude's Great!

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‘Historic comeback’ for Truls Mørk

January 27, 2011

He’s considered one of the best cellists in the world, but famed Norwegian musician Truls Mørk was forced out of action during the past two years by a mysterious ailment that left him unable to play. On Wednesday night, he made a triumphant return on home turf, at Oslo’s Konserthuset (Concert House).

Truls Mørk could finally play Dvorak's Cello Concerto once again, on stage with the Oslo Philharmonic Wednesday night. PHOTO: Stephanie de Bourgies/Virgin Classics

Those of us lucky enough to get tickets were treated not only to Mørk back on stage playing Dvorak’s demanding Cello Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, but also to him being named the winner of the annual Sibelius Prize. It’s awarded to those who have made a major contribution to promote contact between Finnish and Norwegian musical life. Previous winners include conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, soprano Randi Stene and pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Håvard Gimse.

Now it was Mørk’s turn to receive the award and a check for NOK 100,000, after violinist Stephan Barratt-Due of the Sibelius foundation called his comeback “historic.”

Mørk was also rewarded with lengthy applause as soon as he entered the stage after the intermission, but before even starting to play, and with sustained standing ovations after finishing Dvorak’s lengthy but romantic concerto from 1895, conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen.

It all made for a warm welcome for the 49-year-old Mørk, who has suffered through many dark days since first falling ill while on a concert tour in Japan in April 2009. Doctors first thought he had contracted the borrelia virus through a flea bite. Mørk lost all energy, couldn’t tolerate light or read, or get his fingers to work on the cello. Last year he was finally diagnosed with a rare form of encephalitis which doctors could treat, and after months of physiotherapy and rehabilitation to overcome paralysis in his shoulder, he could finally play again.

He’d had to cancel so many concerts, including hoped-for comebacks last fall in London and Paris. He finally could make a brief appearance in November and has played four concerts abroad in the past two months, including one in Helsinki.

His appearance Wednesday night was his first full concert back home in Norway in two years, and another was planned for Thursday night. Mørk, Norway’s only Grammy Award winner, is also a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Norges Musikkhøgskolen) in Oslo, and has continued his work there as well.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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