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Refractions: Choral Works by Valen, Berg, Messiaen, Webern / Norwegian Soloists' Choir

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>Valen, Fartein : Ave Maria, Op. 4
>Messiaen, Olivier : Cinq Rechants
>Webern, Anton : Entflieht auf leichten Kahnen, for chorus, Op. 2
>Webern, Anton : Lieder (2), Op. 19
>Valen, Fartein : Hvad est du dog skion, motet for chorus, Op. 12
>Valen, Fartein : Kom regn fra det hoie, motet for chorus & clarinet, Op. 25
>Berg, Alban : Sieben fruhe Lieder, for 16 voices a cappella
>     Die Nachtigall
>Valen, Fartein : Psalm 121, for chorus & orchestra
>Messiaen, Olivier : O sacrum convivium!

Album Summary

>Valen, Fartein : Ave Maria, Op. 4
>Messiaen, Olivier : Cinq Rechants
>Webern, Anton : Entflieht auf leichten Kahnen, for chorus, Op. 2
>Webern, Anton : Lieder (2), Op. 19
>Valen, Fartein : Hvad est du dog skion, motet for chorus, Op. 12
>Valen, Fartein : Kom regn fra det hoie, motet for chorus & clarinet, Op. 25
>Berg, Alban : Sieben fruhe Lieder, for 16 voices a cappella
>Valen, Fartein : Psalm 121, for chorus & orchestra
>Messiaen, Olivier : O sacrum convivium!
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Fartein Valen's 'Ave Maria' is a colorful, hyperromantic setting, lush and full of strangely shifting harmonies and caressing melodic lines. 'How Fair Thou Art' is a motet, a love poem to the Son of God that borrows some phrases from the Song of Solomon written to the Shulamite. There's ecstasy in it as well. This is the first time Valen's 'Psalm 121' has been recorded in its original orchestration. This was recorded in Ris Kirke in Oslo, and there is plenty of ambience. The musicians are all fine - everything is very cleanly presented. Notes are in English, Norwegian, German, and French, with texts in the original languages and in English translation.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
The ecstatic, tonality-bending music of the Norwegian Fartein Valen sits well with ethereal Webern plus better-known Messiaen, a challenge met by this fine choir.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
An unusually diverse and unhackneyed 20th-century programme.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oslo, Norway.



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>Valen, Fartein : Ave Maria, Op. 4
  • Performers: Halvor Melien; Berit Solset; Oystein Stensheim; Camilla Revholt
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Norwegian Soloists' Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917-1921

>Messiaen, Olivier : Cinq Rechants
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Norwegian Soloists' Choir
  • Running Time: 18 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1948

>Webern, Anton : Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen, for chorus, Op. 2
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Norwegian Soloists' Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Webern, Anton : Lieder (2), Op. 19
  • Performers: Bjarne Sakshaug; Ingvill Hafskjold; Thomas Kjekstad (Guitar); Henrik Hannisdal (Violin); Hans Braein (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Members of the Oslo Sinfonietta ([Members])
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Valen, Fartein : Hvad est du dog skion, motet for chorus, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Norwegian Soloists' Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1930

>Valen, Fartein : Kom regn fra det hoie, motet for chorus & clarinet, Op. 25
  • Performers: Bjarne Sakshaug; Ingvill Hafskjold; Thomas Kjekstad (Guitar); Hans Braein (Clarinet); Henrik Hannisdal (Violin)
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Members of the Oslo Sinfonietta ([Members])
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Berg, Alban : Sieben frühe Lieder, for 16 voices a cappella :: Die Nachtigall
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Norwegian Soloists' Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1905-1908

>Valen, Fartein : Psalm 121, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Camilla Revholt; Oystein Stensheim; Berit Solset; Halvor Melien
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Norwegian Soloists' Choir
  • Running Time: 12 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Messiaen, Olivier : O sacrum convivium!
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Norwegian Soloists' Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937