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Ragnhild Berstad: Respiro – Norwegian Radio Orchestra

RAGNHILD BERSTAD: Respiro · Anstrøk · Krets · Respiro · Zeugma · Toreuma · Verto ·more… Emutatio

Arditti String Quartet · Affinis Ensemble · Kyberia · Norwegian Radio Orchestra · Christian Eggen, conductor · Lars Hilde, clarinet · Berit Opheim, voice · Lene Grenager, cello · Cathrine Nyheim, percussion · Oslo Chamber Choir · Eivind Aadland, conductor

– she’s a composer worth getting to know; and this disc is an excellent introduction. [International Record Review]

kr 139

The music of Ragnhild Berstad

Ragnhild Berstad (b. 1956 in Oslo) was relatively late in starting her career as a composer. In return, her dedication to creating a unique sonic space has been total, and the production from early –90s and up until today easily places her among the most interesting younger Norwegian composers today. On Respiro Berstad proves capable of maintaining unity in the diverse settings of the music. Through works written for everything between solo clarinet with electronics and the full symphonic orchestra – the core of her project always comes across to the listener. As she herself puts it: ‘I want to create a sonic space that insists on a presence and an auditive consciousness. Music has an inherent ability to reveal the extended moment.’ In many ways Berstad has taken the full consequence of what possibilities there lies in recording technique – this is music with the microphone as a key player.

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Ragnhild Berstad (b. 1956 in Oslo) was relatively late in starting her career as a composer. In return, her dedication to creating a unique sonic space has been total, and the production from early –90s and up until today easily places her among the most interesting younger Norwegian composers today. On Respiro Berstad proves capable of maintaining unity in the diverse settings of the music.

The fact that Berstad’s music finds its way to many different types of ensembles and performers is very encouraging. Both the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Affinis and Oslo Chamber Choir participates on this recording. The Arditti Quartett also contributes with a sparkling performance of Toreuma from the world premiere at the Ultima-festival 2001.

Berstad is not likely to be out of work in the future either. Commissions from Oslo Sinfonietta, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Presence festival in Paris 2005 are just some of the new things she is working on right now.

Release date: 22.09.2003

EAN : 7044581350218

Cat.No.: ACD5021

Priskategori : CD