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Choral Music - VALEN, F. / BERG, A. / MESSIAEN, O. / WEBERN , A. (Refractions) (Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Pedersen)

Choral Music - VALEN, F. / BERG, A. / MESSIAEN, O. / WEBERN , A. (Refractions) (Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Pedersen)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Norwegian Radio Orchestra


Pedersen, Grete


Grete Pedersen

Conductor

Norwegian Soloists' Choir


Oslo Sinfonietta, members



Venue:

Ris kirke, Oslo, Norway


Norsk Radio, Oslo, Norway



Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 56:03
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Choral Music - VALEN, F. / BERG, A. / MESSIAEN, O. / WEBERN , A. (Refractions) (Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Pedersen)

     
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FARTEIN VALEN

1 

Ave Maria, Op. 4

5:26
     
 

OLIVIER MESSIAEN

 

5 Rechants

 
2 No. 1. Hayo kapri tama 4:38
     
3 No. 2. Ma premiere fois terre 3:18
     
4 No. 3. Ma robe d'amour 4:17
     
5 No. 4. Niokhama palalan(e) souki 2:36
     
6 No. 5. Mayoma kalimolimo 3:54
     
 

ANTON WEBERN

7 

Entflieht auf leichten Kahnen, Op. 2

2:43
     
 

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

 

2 Songs, Op. 19

 
8 No. 1. Weiss wie Lilien 1:05
     
9 No. 2. Ziehn die Schafe 0:57
     
 

FARTEIN VALEN

10 

Hvad est du dog skion, Op. 12

3:07
     
11 

Kom regn fra det hoie, Op. 25

3:28
     
 

ALBAN BERG

12 

7 Fruhe Lieder (arr. C. Gottwald)

2:40
     
 

FARTEIN VALEN

13 

Salme 121

12:40
     
 

OLIVIER MESSIAEN

14 

O sacrum convivium!

5:14
     
 Grete Pedersen Conductor
 Pedersen, Grete


The cause of mirages as well as rainbows, refraction is an optical phenomenon which under certain circumstances allows us to see objects that are actually hidden behind the horizon – distant islands across a wide sea, or the sun before it has actually risen. The reason is that rays of light change direction as they pass from one layer of the atmosphere into another, or from one medium, such as air, into another, such as water. The same principle applies to sound waves, and in a sense one might say that music in the early 20th century did pass from one medium to another, from late Romanticism into an unknown future. Refractions allows us to sample that transition in the field of choral music, through the prisms of four different temperaments – those of Alban Berg, Anton Webern and the Norwegian composer Fartein Valen, all born in the mid-1880s, and of the somewhat younger Olivier Messiaen. A number of the works are on sacred themes – including those by Valen – while others are at least nominally secular, although a spiritual dimension is often present. One instance of this is the celebrated Cinq rechants for twelve mixed voices, Messiaen’s fascinating musical expression of the Tristan myth in which love crosses the border between life and death – a mystical power that cannot be expressed in words. Refractions is the fourth album to appear on BIS with the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and their conductor Grete Pedersen, and follow on Grieg interpretations ‘of breathtaking beauty’ (Le Monde de la Musique), a programme inspired by Norwegian folk music containing ‘some of the most striking and moving singing put down on disc for years’ (Gramophone), and most recently a disc of works by Brahms and Schubert, on which the choir, according to the reviewer for All Music Guide ‘sings with pristine intonation and purity, yet its tone is full, warm, and colourful.’

 "The ecstatic, tonality-bending music of the Norwegian Fartein Valen sits well with ethereal Webern plus better-known Messiaen, a challenge met by this fine choir." ****

John Allison - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) - October 2013


"...I suspect few classical music collectors will have much Fartein Valen in their collections, and the two pieces with orchestra on this disc are remarkable discoveries. Such a disc of relatively rarely heard vocal works may seem to be a bit daunting, but I would urge anyone to give it a try. From the first entry of Berit Norbakken Solset’s solo in the Ave Maria I was hooked, and I hope you will be too"
 
Dominy Clements - MusicWeb-International.com - 14 June 2013
 

 "... an unusually diverse and unhackneyed 20th-century programme."

Arnold Whittall - Gramophone magazine - May 2013  

 




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