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Eivind Buene: Garland – Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

EIVIND BUENE: Garland (for Matthew Locke) · Langsam und Schmachtend · Palimpsest · Stilleben (for Laurenmore… Hartke)

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra · Terje Tønnesen, conductor

Hearing the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra as a 17-year old was a turning point for composer Eivind Buene. Now they record his music!

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The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra celebrates 40 years – with outstanding new music.

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! NCO has been an outstanding proponent for Norwegian musicianship and music throughout their existence. The collaboration with Eivind Buene (1973) has indeed been fruitful, and these works have been performed on several occasions all over the world. “I experienced orchestral contemporary music live for the first time with NCO, at the Ultima festival. Tønnesen was the soloist – Dionysian with his fiddle and black curls, and the music gave me a huge kick. That was a turning point in my 17-year-old life – it was then I realised I wanted to be a composer.”

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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.

Hallucination

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.

Eivind Buene

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.

Release date: 10.11.2017

EAN : 7044581350850

Cat.No.: ACD5085

Priskategori : CD