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Lament - Norwegian choral works

Composer Nils Henrik Asheim
Lars Petter Hagen
Arne Nordheim
Performer Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
Daniel Paulsen
Terje Viken
Ensemble Allegria
Grete Pedersen, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2431 SACD
EAN 7318599924311
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Aug 2020
Total time 59'09

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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  Lars Petter Hagen
  Lament (2015) for choir, electronics and percussion solo 15'50
01 Untitled - Void - Untitled 7'25
02 Void 1'51
03 Lament 6'34
  Nils Henrik Asheim
  Muohta - Language of Snow (2017) for 8-part choir and string orchestra 20'41
04 ulahat 2'03
05 čađgit 0'43
06 áinnádat 0'47
07 časttas 0'52
08 muovllahat 1'27
09 rádnu 0'52
10 goahpálat 0'41
11 veađahat 1'15
12 doavdnji 0'54
13 seaŋaš 1'41
14 čiehpa 1'16
15 skárta 1'03
16 muohtaruivi 1'11
17 gaskageardni 0'40
18 jolas 0'58
19 sabádat 1'27
20 sievlla 0'46
21 njeađggahat 2'05
  Arne Nordheim
  Aurora (1984) ‘In memoriam Cathy Berberian’
22 Aurora, for SATB soli, chorus, percussion and electronics 21'27
  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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