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Refractions

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1970
Release date2013-01-01
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz

Music Web International, June 2013: "From the first entry of Berit Norbakken Solset’s solo in the Ave Maria I was hooked, and I hope you will be too".

The cause of mirages as well as rainbows, refraction is an optical phenomenon which under certain circumstances allows us to see objects that are actually hidden behind the horizon – distant islands across a wide sea, or the sun before it has actually risen. The reason is that rays of light change direction as they pass from one layer of the atmosphere into another, or from one medium, such as air, into another, such as water. The same principle applies to sound waves, and in a sense one might say that music in the early 20th century did pass from one medium to another, from late Romanticism into an unknown future.
Refractions allows us to sample that transition in the field of choral music, through the prisms of four different temperaments – those of Alban Berg, Anton Webern and the Norwegian composer Fartein Valen, all born in the mid-1880s, and of the somewhat younger Olivier Messiaen. A number of the works are on sacred themes – including those by Valen – while others are at least nominally secular, although a spiritual dimension is often present. One instance of this is the celebrated Cinq rechants for twelve mixed voices, Messiaen’s fascinating musical expression of the Tristan myth in which love crosses the border between life and death – a mystical power that cannot be expressed in words.
Refractions is the fourth disc to appear on BIS with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and their conductor Grete Pedersen, and follow on Grieg interpretations ‘of breathtaking beauty’ (Le Monde de la Musique), a programme inspired by Norwegian folk music containing ‘some of the most striking and moving singing put down on disc for years’ (Gramophone), and most recently a disc of works by Brahms and Schubert, on which the choir, according to the reviewer for All Music Guide ‘sings with pristine intonation and purity, yet its tone is full, warm, and colourful.’
 
Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Valen, Fartein
  Ave Maria, Op.4
01 Ave Maria, Op.4 05:33 $ 1.33 USD
 
 
  Composer: Messiaen, Olivier
  Cinq rechants for 12 mixed voices a cappella (1948) 19:06
02 I. 04:41 $ 1.12 USD
03 II. 03:21 $ 0.80 USD
04 III. 04:20 $ 1.04 USD
05 IV. 02:38 $ 0.63 USD
06 V. 04:06 $ 0.98 USD
 
 
  Composer: Webern, Anton
  Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen, Op.2
07 Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen, Op.2 02:48 $ 0.67 USD
 
 
  Composer: Webern, Anton von
  Zwei Lieder, Op.19 02:08
08 1. Weiß wie Lilien. Lebhaft, leicht und frei 01:07 $ 0.27 USD
09 2. Ziehn die Schafe von der Wiese. Sehr gemächlich 01:01 $ 0.24 USD
 
 
  Composer: Valen, Fartein
  Hvad est du dog skiøn, Op.12
10 Hvad est du dog skiøn, Op.12 03:11 $ 0.76 USD
 
 
  Composer: Valen, Fartein
  Kom regn fra det høie, Op.25
11 Kom regn fra det høie, Op.25 03:33 $ 0.85 USD
 
 
  Composer: Berg, Alban
  Die Nachtigall
12 Die Nachtigall 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
 
 
  Composer: Valen, Fartein
  Der 121. Psalm
13 Der 121. Psalm 12:49 $ 3.08 USD
 
 
  Composer: Messiaen, Olivier
  O sacrum convivium
14 O sacrum convivium 05:44 $ 1.38 USD
 
  Album total 57:38
ComposerBerg, Alban
Messiaen, Olivier
Valen, Fartein
Webern, Anton
Webern, Anton von
ConductorPedersen, Grete
ChoirDet Norske Solistkor
OrchestraDet Norske Solistkor

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