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The Image of Melancholy - works by Holborne, Dowland, Biber, Buxtehude, Byrd, Valent et al. / Berit Norbakken Solset, soprano; Jon Balke, piano

Audio Samples

>Eike, Bjarte [Violin] : Savn, a tune for Signe
>Holborne, Anthony : Image of Melancholy
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Traditional, Norwegian : Bruremarsj fra Gudbrandsdalen (Wedding march from Gudbrandsdalen)
>Holborne, Anthony : Playfellow no 2 "Wanton"
>Traditional, Norwegian : Gjendines badnlat (Gjendines lullaby) (after Slaalien, Kaia Gjendine)
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Die Kreuztragung Sonata (The carrying of the Cross)
>     1st movement
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76
>Holborne, Anthony : Muy linda, galliard for lute
>Traditional : Joj Mati (Oh, mother, dear mother)
>Traditional, Swedish : Evertsbergs gamla brudmarsch
>Traditional, Norwegian : Bansull
>Holborne, Anthony : Mr. Holborn's Last Will and Testament
>O'Cathan, Rory Dall : Give me your hand
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Balke, Jon : Introducing Susanne, a meditation on Susanne un jour
>Sommer, Johann : Susanna paduanna, for lute
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Susanna Fair, for consort
>Byrd, William : Ye sacred muses "Elegy for Thomas Tallis"
>Gow, Niel : Lament for the Death of his Second Wife

Album Summary

>Eike, Bjarte [Violin] : Savn, a tune for Signe
>Holborne, Anthony : Image of Melancholy
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Traditional, Norwegian : Bruremarsj fra Gudbrandsdalen (Wedding march from Gudbrandsdalen)
>Holborne, Anthony : Playfellow no 2 "Wanton"
>Traditional, Norwegian : Gjendines badnlat (Gjendines lullaby) (after Slaalien, Kaia Gjendine)
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Die Kreuztragung Sonata (The carrying of the Cross)
>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76
>Holborne, Anthony : Muy linda, galliard for lute
>Traditional : Joj Mati (Oh, mother, dear mother)
>Traditional, Swedish : Evertsbergs gamla brudmarsch
>Traditional, Norwegian : Bansull
>Holborne, Anthony : Mr. Holborn's Last Will and Testament
>O'Cathan, Rory Dall : Give me your hand
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Balke, Jon : Introducing Susanne, a meditation on Susanne un jour
>Sommer, Johann : Susanna paduanna, for lute
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Susanna Fair, for consort
>Byrd, William : Ye sacred muses "Elegy for Thomas Tallis"
>Gow, Niel : Lament for the Death of his Second Wife
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

  • A disc of music highlighting the linkage between music and melancholy.
  • Baroque violinist Bjarte Eike conceived of and personally selected the music for this project, performed with his band Barokksolistene and special guests keyboardist Jon Balke and violist Milos Valent.
  • The disc's music is free of era restrictiveness, ranging from the Renaissance era right through today.

MusicWeb International, 27th January 2014
The recording is perfect, the music capable of transporting us to far away - geographically, but also more importantly on those priceless inner wanderings which can show us more about ourselves than we imagined.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
The results will appeal to anyone keen on folk and fusion or those looking for an alternative approach to early music. The lush, up-front recording, with its potential for 5.0 surround sound, means one can positively wallow in exquisite misery.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
It is a well thought-out collection of both modern and traditional music, centered on melancholy and under the direction of Bjarte Eike. He characterizes these works as "sad songs" and identifies them as always having been the most moving for him. This is a compelling and moving program. The playing is rich and gorgeous, to say nothing of creative. I hope listeners will reward Bjarte Eike for the effort and thought that went into this release.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
There is sweetly fragile singing from soprano Berit Norbakken Solset...With its authenticity and quiet ability to move, it is one to lose yourself in on long winter nights.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Selbu Church, Selbu, Norway (10/2011/03/2012).



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Works Details

>Eike, Bjarte [Violin] : Savn, a tune for Signe
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Holborne, Anthony : Image of Melancholy
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Traditional, Norwegian : Bruremarsj frå Gudbrandsdalen (Wedding march from Gudbrandsdalen)
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.

>Holborne, Anthony : Playfellow no 2 "Wanton"
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional, Norwegian : Gjendines bådnlåt (Gjendines lullaby) (after Slaalien, Kaia Gjendine)
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Die Kreuztragung Sonata (The carrying of the Cross) :: 1st movement
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1676

>Buxtehude, Dietrich : Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1674

>Holborne, Anthony : Muy linda, galliard for lute
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Traditional : Joj Mati (Oh, mother, dear mother)
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.

>Traditional, Swedish : Evertsbergs gamla brudmarsch
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March

>Traditional, Norwegian : Bånsull
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.

>Holborne, Anthony : Mr. Holborn's Last Will and Testament
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>O'Cathan, Rory Dall : Give me your hand
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Balke, Jon : Introducing Susanne, a meditation on Susanne un jour
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sommer, Johann : Susanna paduanna, for lute
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Susanna Fair, for consort
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Ye sacred muses "Elegy for Thomas Tallis"
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1590

>Gow, Niel : Lament for the Death of his Second Wife
  • Performer: Bjarte Eike (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Eike
  • Ensemble: Barokksolistene (Chamber Orchestra)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical