Beautiful musical meditations over biblical texts. Recorded on the outstanding new Kuhn organ in rich acoustics of the renowned Uranienborg church. Three great works from the hand of Norwegian composer Kjell Mørk Karlsen.
Mediations for organ
While Messiaen’s nine meditations, La Nativité du Seigneur, revolves around the theme of Christmas, Kjell Mørk Karlsen (1947) in his seven Meditations on Christ has taken the life of Jesus, dwelling on important and decisive events. The Meditations on Revelations for organ is programme music in a traditional Romantic sense. The composer presupposes that the listener has read the Bible verses given in the individual headings, so that these may influence him while he is experiencing the musical content. To a certain extent, the text governs the development, but without detriment to the musical form.
Sonata “Daughter of Jephthah” for solo cello
Kjell Mørk Karlsen has used the biblical tragedy as a starting point for a Lamento, an elegy. The expressive introductory theme, which grows in intensity and stretches to heaven, portrays Jephthah’s prayer and promise to God. With this work Kjell Mørk Karlsen wanted to create “an echo of history’s eternal lament from all those innocents who have had to suffer”
Inger-Lise Ulsrud and Frida Fredrikke Waaler Wærvågen
Ulsrud is Professor for organ at the Norwegian Academy of Music and regularly gives master classes in improvisation. Currently she is also head organist at the Uranienborg Church in Oslo. Ulsrud has made many radio-, TV- and CD-recordings, including a Olivier Messiaen “Early organ works”. Since the age of 11, Waaler Wærwågen has won prices and scholarships including “Young Musician” in Tallinn, Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Porec, Arve Tellefsen Music Prize, RWE Dea Music Scholarship. She has made her mark as a soloist with orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and others.