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As Dreams - Works by Aldred Janson, Helmut Lachenmann, Per Norgard, Jaija Saariaho, Iannis Xenakis / Grete Pedersen, Det Norske Solistkor; Oslo Sinfonietta

Album Summary

>Norgård, Per : Dream Songs (Drommesange), for women's voices & percussion ad lib
>Lachenmann, Helmut : Consolation II, for 16 voices
>Janson, Alfred : Nocturne
>Saariaho, Kaija : Überzeugung, for 3 female voices, crotale, violin & cello
>Norgård, Per : Singe die Gärten, mein Herz, for chorus & 8 instruments (or piano)
>Xenakis, Iannis : Nuits, for 12 voices
>Saariaho, Kaija : Nuits, adieux, for vocal quartet & chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Although different in many respects compositional approach, geographical origin, language the works that make up this adventurous program from the Norwegian Soloists Choir and its artistic director Grete Pedersen are all, to quote Shakespeare, such stuff as dreams are made on. In various ways they refer to night and dreams, to the distant past or to an uncertain future. With composers from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany and Greece, and texts ranging from fragments of ancient Assyrian and Sumerian (in Xenakiss Nuits) and the 8th-century Wessobrunner Prayer (Lachenmann) to poems by Balzac (Saariaho), Nietzsche (Janson) and Rilke (Nrgrd), the concept of here and now becomes blurred and, indeed, dreamlike. The choir and Grete Pedersen released their first disc for BIS in 2007 an all-Grieg programme awarded a Diapason dor and with interpretations described in Le Monde de la Musique as so beautiful as to make you lose your breath. The five titles that have followed since then range from the folk-inspired White Night (some of the most striking and moving singing put down on disc for years, Gramophone) and most recently a program combining works by the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt (1915 2014) with motets by Bach (BIS-2184). Meeting the different challenges posed by such varied repertoire with flawless and always idiomatic performances, the Norwegian Soloists Choir is a wonderful instrument in the hands of Grete Pedersen. On the present disc musicians from Oslo Sinfonietta join the team in the accompanied works, which include Nrgrds Singe die Grten for eight-part choir and 8 instruments and Jansons Nocturne for double choir, 2 cellos, harp and 2 percussionists.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ris Kirke, Norway (06/2014); Sofienberg Kirke, Norway (06/2014); Ris Kirke, Norway (06/2015); Sofienberg Kirke, Norway (06/2015).



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>Norgård, Per : Dream Songs (Drommesange), for women's voices & percussion ad lib
  • Performers: Anders Hansen (Percussion); Daniel Paulsen (Percussion); Kjell Samkopf (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Det Norske Solistkor
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Lachenmann, Helmut : Consolation II, for 16 voices
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Ensemble: Oslo Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968

>Janson, Alfred : Nocturne
  • Performers: Ellen Bodtker (Harp); Kjersti Rydsaa (Cello); Kjell Samkopf (Percussion); Ingvild Sandnes (Cello)
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Saariaho, Kaija : Überzeugung, for 3 female voices, crotale, violin & cello
  • Performers: Annar Folleso (Violin); Kjell Samkopf (Percussion); Ingvild Sandnes (Cello)
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Norgård, Per : Singe die Gärten, mein Herz, for chorus & 8 instruments (or piano)
  • Performers: Ellen Bodtker (Harp); Hans Braein (Clarinet); Lotte Gordon (Flute); Anders Hansen (Percussion); Daniel Paulsen (Percussion); Kjell Samkopf (Percussion); Ingvild Sandnes (Cello); Asgeir Softeland (Horn); Yoko Toda (Piano)
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974-1975

>Xenakis, Iannis : Nuits, for 12 voices
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Saariaho, Kaija : Nuits, adieux, for vocal quartet & chorus
  • Conductor: Grete Pedersen
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996