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Lament - Norwegian choral works

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Catalogue numberBIS-2431 SACD
Release date2020-08-07
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time59:09

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and Grete Pedersen have made acclaimed recordings of music spanning a millennium – from chants by Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179) to the most recent compositions – and in styles ranging from folk songs to Bach motets and Berio’s Coro. On their new disc, the focus is on contemporary Norwegian music, with three works which all originate in words and challenge the relation between language and music. For his Lament from 2015, Lars Petter Hagen has chosen to set a short text by E. E. Cummings, written when the poet was 6 years old. The words of the poem are split up and stretched out into pulsating waves of grief, at once mysterious, beautiful and painful. Lament is scored for choir, percussion and electronics – elements which are in dialogue, yet resigned to remaining at a distance.

Awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2018, Muohta (Snow) consists of 18 sections, each setting a single word in Sámi, the language of the indigenous people in the north of Norway. The words are all related to snow, and composer Nils Henrik Asheim has found inspiration in how indigenous peoples live with nature, as opposed to seeking to control it. Aurora, finally, is a composition from 1984 by Arne Nordheim, who was for decades the face of Norwegian contemporary music. In Aurora, God’s downward gaze on mankind in Psalm 139 is juxtaposed with Dante’s gaze upwards, towards God and the heavenly light, in the final verses of the Divine Comedy. The words of the psalm are sung both in Latin and in Hebrew, while Dante’s canto is heard in Italian, with Nordheim making full use of the different sounds of the three languages.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Hagen, Lars Petter
  Lament (2015) for choir, electronics and percussion solo 15:50
01 Untitled - Void - Untitled 07:25 $ 1.80 USD
02 Void 01:51 $ 0.44 USD
03 Lament 06:34 $ 1.65 USD
  Composer: Asheim, Nils Henrik
  Muohta - Language of Snow (2017) for 8-part choir and string orchestra 20:41
04 ulahat 02:03 $ 0.49 USD
05 čađgit 00:43 $ 0.17 USD
06 áinnádat 00:47 $ 0.18 USD
07 časttas 00:52 $ 0.21 USD
08 muovllahat 01:27 $ 0.34 USD
09 rádnu 00:52 $ 0.20 USD
10 goahpálat 00:41 $ 0.16 USD
11 veađahat 01:15 $ 0.30 USD
12 doavdnji 00:54 $ 0.21 USD
13 seaŋaš 01:41 $ 0.40 USD
14 čiehpa 01:16 $ 0.30 USD
15 skárta 01:03 $ 0.25 USD
16 muohtaruivi 01:11 $ 0.28 USD
17 gaskageardni 00:40 $ 0.16 USD
18 jolas 00:58 $ 0.23 USD
19 sabádat 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
20 sievlla 00:46 $ 0.18 USD
21 njeađggahat 02:05 $ 0.58 USD
  Composer: Nordheim, Arne
  Aurora (1984) ‘In memoriam Cathy Berberian’
22 Aurora, for SATB soli, chorus, percussion and electronics 21:27 $ 5.25 USD
  Album total 59:09
ComposerAsheim, Nils Henrik
Hagen, Lars Petter
Nordheim, Arne
PercussionKjos Sorensen (Kjos Sørensen), Hans-Kristian
Paulsen, Daniel
Viken, Terje
ChoirNorwegian Soloists' Choir, The
ConductorPedersen, Grete
ElectronicsBraun, Jens U
Hagen, Lars Petter
StringsEnsemble Allegria

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