A unique release from the unmatched Henning Kraggerud celebrates Edvard Munch’s art – in music. 15 new solo pieces directly inspired by 15 of Munch’s paintings by composers including A.J. Kernis and Laurent Petitgirard. The Munch Suite is presented in a de-luxe edition for the 150th anniversary, including reproductions of Munch’s paintings. Limited Edition – physical release only.
10 different nationalities inspired by Edvard Munch
Composers were not hard to ask when it came to these commissions. The rather exotic challenge of writing music to a painting – and by Edvard Munch at that – does not come every day. But equally exiting was the idea of writing a solo piece for one of the most renowned young violinists today: Henning Kraggerud. This sublime recording was done in Rainbow Studios, engineered by Jan Erik Kongshaug.
‘Love’s Beach’. The exclusive premiere is developed further in concerts
The Munch Suite was given its premiere at Haugar Art Museum, near the Åsgårdstrand shores where Munch found his motifs for these paintings, during the exhibition ‘Love’s Beach’ in 2010. A small gallery, housing only 60 persons pr. concert, each piece was performed in front of ‘its own’ painting. In connection with the release of the Munch Suite on CD, Kraggerud has developed an exclusive concert performance where the paintings are projected in chamber halls – and the interest for the concept is massive. The prospect of experiencing musical interpretations of Edvard Munch’s artworks in real time, with the composer and soloist as curators, opens for uncharted and exiting connections between the artwork and the audience.
de Luxe Edition including many of Munch’s famous artworks
This beautifully designed silver foil / black matte box (210x152x42) is the perfect entourage for such a daring adventure into visual art an music as the Munch Suite. The CD itself is found supporting the 15 cards with information about the various pieces, and reproductions of Munch’s artworks: The Woman · The Dance of Life · The Meeting · The Ladies on the Bridge · Ashes · Evening · Young People on the Beach · Moonlight on the Beach · Beach · Bathing Woman and Children · Two Women on the Shore · Man and Woman on the Beach · Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones · Kiss on the Shore by Moonlight · Trees by the Beach