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the wind blows – music for choir

Catalogue numberBIS-2341 SACD
Release date2018-08-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time66:28

Born in 1937, Alfred Janson was a key figure among the young Norwegian composers who emerged in the beginning of the 1960s. With a background in jazz and popular music he seemed to represent a new era, and this was confirmed by works such as Construction and Hymn and Nocturne. And ever since then Janson has continued to write his own music, seemingly independently of the current ‘-isms’.

One of the cornerstones of his production has been vocal music, and this disc from the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and Grete Pedersen presents an opportunity to listen to his choral works from five decades. These reveal to the listener his free melodic gift and original approach to harmony, but also his keen instinct for good texts – the programme includes settings of poems by Shakespeare (Sonnet No. 76), Nietszche and Emily Dickinson, but also a lyrical hymn to Mother Earth and politically charged texts by contemporaries of the composer.

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and Janson have collaborated on numerous occasions, and two of the works recorded here were commissioned by the choir: the wind blows … from 2016 and Sonnet No. 76 (2000). Janson often allows for the possibility of including instruments in his works, and joining the choir are musicians from Oslo Sinfonietta, as well as Alfred Janson himself, playing his beloved plastic melodica.
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Extra material for download
01 I. Vi som är födda vid havet; II. Katarsis; III. Vägarna
vet jag därhemma
04:14 $ 1.06 USD
02 the wind blows – where it wishes 08:55 $ 2.14 USD
03 Nå er det fint å leve 03:53 $ 0.94 USD
04 Lille mor klode 04:51 $ 1.19 USD
05 Sarabande 11:53 $ 2.90 USD
06 Sonnet No. 76 05:48 $ 1.42 USD
07 Construction 08:18 $ 2.03 USD
08 Ky og vakre Madame Ky 04:32 $ 1.13 USD
09 Viska du vind 03:22 $ 0.84 USD
10 Nocturne 09:03 $ 2.28 USD
  Album total 66:28
ComposerJanson, Alfred
MelodicaJanson, Alfred
ChoirNorwegian Soloists' Choir, The
ConductorPedersen, Grete
LyricistDickinson, Emily
Hermodsson, Elisabet
Janson, Alfred
Nietzsche, Friedrich
Nyquist, Arild
Shakespeare, William
Sverdrup, Harald Ulrik
ViolinCarlsen, Maria Angelika
Follesø (Follesö), Annar
Heldal Lidsheim, Emilie
Øvinge (Övinge), Sara
CelloClemens Carlsen, Jan
Nesdal Sandnes, Ingvild
Rydsaa, Kjersti
PianoLien, Helge
VocalsBræin, Ditte M.
Holmgren, Olle
HornBøe (Böe), Bjørg (Björg)
Søfteland (Söfteland), Asgeir
PercussionKregnes Hansen, Anders
Paulsen, Daniel
Samkopf, Kjell
OrganBirkeland, Lars Notto
SoloistKrokfjord, Eirik
ArrangerEriksson, Gunnar
BassoonSnerte, Embrik
HarpBodtker, Ellen Sejersted

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