Bjørn Kruse: Song for Winter – Norwegian Soloists' Choir

BJØRN KRUSE: Songs for Winter · Renn over meg som regn (Pour over me like rain) · Songs for Winter · Vindsalme for dei døde (Wind-Hymn for the Dead) · Elementer (Elements) · Kvinnen med Hermelinen (The Lady with the Ermine) · Vindsalmemore… for dei døde (Wind-Hymn for the Dead)

Njål Sparbo, baritone · Siri Torjesen, soprano · Norwegian Soloists' Choir · Reza Aghamir, conductor · Grete Pedersen, conductor · Terje Kvam, conductor · Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen, percussion · Nils Sletta, recitation

Transcending the genre-specific and production-technical problems characteristic of contemporary choral writing, composer Bjørn Kruse manages to create a happy synthesis of music, text and mimesis in the works contained in this recording.

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Penetrating a mysterious and primal landscape

The voice´s expressive possibilities and nuances have always fascinated composers, inviting them to investigate expressive registers well beyond the pale of words, to penetrate a mysterious and perhaps primal landscape. At the same time, in contrast to the resonances of aesthetic exclusivity that cling to purely instrumental music, vocal and in particular choral music frequently evokes pop and amateur musical culture. Many composers want to carry off just such stylistic crossovers, however few does this as well as Bjørn Kruse. With long experience within the pop-music scene as a composer, arranger and musician, Kruse´s familiarity with this music is extensive – complimented by an equally deep-seated respect for the distinctiveness for the art-music´s tradition´s possibilities.

Underpinning this album is Kruse´s own philosophical and aesthetic world-view – humanistic and existential – raising questions relating to the essence of being human. Transcending the genre-specific and production-technical problems characteristic of contemporary choral writing, Kruse manages to create a happy synthesis of music, text and mimesis in the works contained in this recording. The diverse musical-technical and textual choices of his works relays rich perspectives over the landscapes of Bjørn Kruse´s exploration – performed by The Norwegian Soloist Choir, Oslo Cathedral Choir and NRK´s Studio Choir.

Arild Erikstad |Bjørn Kruse |Grete Pedersen |Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen |Nils Sletta |Njål Sparbo |Norwegian Soloists’ Choir |Reza Aghamir |Siri Torjesen |Terje Kvam

Release date: 14.01.1999

EAN : 7044581350003

Cat.No.: ACD5000

Priskategori : CD