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White Night – Impressions of Norwegian Folk Music

Catalogue numberBIS-1871 SACD
Release date2011-01-24
Orig. sample rate88200Hz
Total time61:38

More than a century ago, the rhythms and harmonies of Edvard Grieg’s music enchanted a whole world. What Grieg himself readily admitted was that these rhythms and harmonies had been absorbed during his journeys along fjords and across mountains, and his encounters with fiddlers and folk singers – such as the dairy-maid Gjendine Slaalien, whose ‘bådnlåt’ (lullaby) Grieg turned into a piano piece. But although the most famous, Grieg is only one of many Norwegian composers who have found folk music a deep and decisive source of inspiration. Combining traditional folk songs with recent compositions springing from folk music, the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir on the present disc makes a compelling case for the powerful hold that this music has over the country’s cultural life, in performances that easily makes one understand why! The choir’s conductor, Grete Pedersen, has a constant eye open for the immediacy of folk music, but also its melancholy which, as she writes in her own introduction, ‘always shines through, whether the tune is a wedding march or a lullaby, and whether it accompanies a religious song or a tale of a maiden abducted by trolls.’ The choir’s previous recording for BIS was a programme of Grieg’s choral works, described as ‘a performance of breathtaking beauty’ in Le Monde de la Musique, and ‘a reference recording, the likes of which one doesn’t encounter every day’ on website Already on that disc the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir explored the music’s roots in folk music, and going a step further in this direction, Grete Pedersen has now invited one of Norway’s most respected folk singers, Berit Opheim Versto, and the fiddler and composer Gjermund Larsen to join her and the choir on their journey through ‘the intricate landscape of folk music’.
Extra material for download
  Composer: Larsen, Gjermund
01 Polonese (Polonaise) 05:52 $ 1.23 USD
  Composer: Traditional
02 Gropen, pols fra Verdal etter Asbjørn Indahl (Traditional
Dancing Tune)
01:50 $ 0.39 USD
  Composer: Traditional
03 Gjendines Bådnlåt, voggesang etter Gjendine Slålien
(Gjendine’s Lullaby)
03:38 $ 0.76 USD
  Composer: Traditional
04 Jeg lagde mig så sildig (I Lay Down So Late) 02:25 $ 0.51 USD
  Composer: Traditional
05 Jesus din søte forening å smake (Jesus, To Savour Your
Sweet Union)
03:05 $ 0.65 USD
  Composer: Traditional
06 Nådigste Jesus – Jesus styr du mine tankar (Merciful
Jesus – Jesus, Guide My Thoughts)
03:12 $ 0.67 USD
  Composer: Groven, Eivind
07 Margjit Hjukse, norsk folkevise, Op.48 07:57 $ 1.67 USD
  Composer: Larsen, Gjermund
08 Solbønn (Sun Prayer) 03:40 $ 0.77 USD
  Composer: Larsen, Gjermund
09 Solistvals (Soloist’s Waltz) 03:49 $ 0.80 USD
  Composer: Buene, Eivind
  Allsang 16:36
10 Preludium 01:43 $ 0.36 USD
11 Liksang 02:03 $ 0.43 USD
12 Allsang 03:21 $ 0.70 USD
13 Duo 02:01 $ 0.42 USD
14 Responsorium 03:03 $ 0.64 USD
15 Fragment 03:02 $ 0.64 USD
16 Salme 01:23 $ 0.29 USD
  Composer: Traditional
17 Med Jesus vil eg fara (With Jesus I Will Journey) 03:25 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Traditional
18 Bruremarsj fra Valsøyfjord/Aure (Wedding March from
03:37 $ 0.76 USD
  Album total 61:38
ConductorPedersen, Grete
ComposerBuene, Eivind
Groven, Eivind
Larsen, Gjermund
Fiddle / hardanger fiddleLarsen, Gjermund
ChoirDet Norske Solistkor
Folk singerOpheim Versto, Berit

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