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As Dreams

Composer Alfred Janson
Helmut Lachenmann
Per Nörgård (Nørgård)
Kaija Saariaho
Iannis Xenakis
Performer The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Oslo Sinfonietta
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2139 SACD
EAN 7318599921396
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Sep 2016
Total time 61'08

Although different in many respects – compositional approach, geographical origin, language – the works that make up this adventurous programme from the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and its artistic director Grete Pedersen are all, to quote Shakespeare, ‘such stuff as dreams are made on’. In various ways they refer to night and dreams, to the distant past or to an uncertain future. With composers from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany and Greece, and texts ranging from fragments of ancient Assyrian and Sumerian (in Xenakis’s Nuits) and the 8th-century Wessobrunner Prayer (Lachenmann) to poems by Balzac (Saariaho), Nietzsche (Janson) and Rilke (Nørgård), the concept of ‘here and now’ becomes blurred and, indeed, dreamlike. The choir and Grete Pedersen released their first disc for BIS in 2007 – an all-Grieg programme awarded a Diapason d’or and with interpretations described in Le Monde de la Musique as ‘so beautiful as to make you lose your breath’. The five titles that have followed since then range from the folk-inspired ‘White Night’ (‘some of the most striking and moving singing put down on disc for years’, Gramophone) and most recently a programme combining works by the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt (1915 – 2014) with motets by Bach (BIS-2184). Meeting the different challenges posed by such varied repertoire with flawless and always idiomatic performances, the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir is a wonderful instrument in the hands of Grete Pedersen. On the present disc musicians from Oslo Sinfonietta join the team in the accompanied works, which include Nørgård’s Singe die Gärten for eight-part choir and 8 instruments and Janson’s Nocturne for double choir, 2 cellos, harp and 2 percussionists.
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  Per Norgard (Nørgård)
01 Drømmesange (Dream Songs) 13'13
  Helmut Lachenmann
02 Consolation II (Wessobrunner Gebet) 6'19
  Alfred Janson
03 Nocturne 9'02
  Kaija Saariaho
04 Überzeugung 1'44
  Per Norgard (Nørgård)
05 Singe die Gärten, mein Herz, die du nicht kennst 10'58
  Iannis Xenakis
06 Nuits 8'38
  Kaija Saariaho
07 Nuits, adieux 9'45
  Album total 61'08
ComposerJanson, Alfred
Lachenmann, Helmut
Norgard (Nørgård), Per
Saariaho, Kaija
Xenakis, Iannis
ConductorPedersen, Grete
ChoirDet Norske Solistkor

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