Celebrating 40 years in 2017, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra is releasing this album with four pieces by the composer who has written more music for the NCO than any other living composer – Eivind Buene!
‘Minute silence over lost time’
The title track Garland (for Matthew Locke) is inspired by the renaissance composer Matthew Locke (1621-77), written for and premiered by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. “His music represents a striking duality: On the one hand, a melancholy feeling of closure, as of an era coming to an end. On the other hand a will to express, as if the music itself struggles against this ending with pure and unbridled vitality.” Buene lets Locke have the last word in the piece “with a voice barely audible, as a whisper from the past.” In Palimpsest, the composer explores different structures in miniature – before towards the end of the piece, all the layers illuminate each another.
Buene describes Langsam und Schmachtend as a hallucination over the first minute of Richard Wagner’s opera ‘Tristan and Isolde’. The title is Wagner’s tempo marking for the prelude to the opera, and while working on this, Buene acquired a historic consciousness which became important for his music. Literature is also an important inspiration for Eivind’s music, and the piece Stilleben was written for The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra at a time when Buene was reading Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist. A fragment from our mutual musical memory is twisted and distorted, like a series of odd bodily gestures. The object finally reveals itself as the second movement of Mozart’s piano concerto no. 17.
In recent years, Eivind’s music has been performed by Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Cikada, and many others. This year, he is writing ensembles London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Musikfabrik, with performances at several international festivals. In 2018, Oslo Philharmonic will premiere a new work with lyrics and music. Buene also works regularly with improvising musicians and is continually developing new music that intersects between improvisation and classical notation. He has released several records, among them Possible Cities/Essential Landscapes, for which he received a Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) in 2012. In addition to music, Buene has also written three novels and a collection of essays.