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Ib Norholm: Tavole Per Orfeo / Else Torp, soprano; Per Palsson, guitar

> Still life, Op. 45 - No. 1. Skyer (Clouds)
> Still life, Op. 45 - No. 2. Storby, efterar (City, Autumn)
> Still life, Op. 45 - No. 3. De dodsdomte taler om deres land (The Doomed Speak of their Country)
> Still life, Op. 45 - No. 4. Sang (Song)
> Still life, Op. 45 - No. 5. Bevis (Proof)
> Flowers from the Flora of Danish Poetry, Op. 36 (arr. P. Palsson) - No. 1. Opvagen (Awakening)
> Flowers from the Flora of Danish Poetry, Op. 36 (arr. P. Palsson) - No. 2. Genesis
> Flowers from the Flora of Danish Poetry, Op. 36 (arr. P. Palsson) - No. 3. Salme (Hymn)
> Flowers from the Flora of Danish Poetry, Op. 36 (arr. P. Palsson) - No. 4. Aen (The Stream)
> Tavole per Orfeo, Op. 42 - I. Eurydike kalder (Eurydice Calling)
> Tavole per Orfeo, Op. 42 - II. For guitar
> Tavole per Orfeo, Op. 42 - III. Eurydice spotter klippernes dans till Orfeus' sang (Eurydice Mocking the Rocks Dancing to Orpheus Song)
> Tavole per Orfeo, Op. 42 - IV. For guitar
> Tavole per Orfeo, Op. 42 - V. Eurydikes blod (Eurydice's Blood)
> Tavole per Orfeo, Op. 42 - VI. For guitar
> Flowers from the Flora of Danish Poetry, Op. 36 (arr. P. Palsson) - No. 5. Ud af en vinter (Winter)
> Flowers from the Flora of Danish Poetry, Op. 36 (arr. P. Palsson) - No. 6. Juniakvarel (June Water-colour)
> Flowers from the Flora of Danish Poetry, Op. 36 (arr. P. Palsson) - No. 7. Lovsanger (Warbler)
> Flowers from the Flora of Danish Poetry, Op. 36 (arr. P. Palsson) - No. 8. Pusterum (Breathing-space)
> Whispers of Heavenly Death, Op. 103 - Whispers of Heavenly Death, Op. 103

Album Summary

>Norholm, Ib : Stilleliv (Still Life), for voice, guitar & percussion
>Norholm, Ib : Blomster af den danske poesis flora (Flowers from the flora of Danish Poetry), for voice & piano, Op
>Norholm, Ib : Tavole per Orfeo, for voice, guitar & percussion, Op. 42
>Norholm, Ib : Whispers of Heavenly Death (Hviskende stemmer om himmelsk dod), for voice & guitar
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Drama, surprise, humor and still life - with a bubbling undertone of anarchy. Composer Ib Nørholm (b. 1931) presents us with a delightful twist on Danish nocturne and condensed music drama for two in Tavole per Orfeo. This world premiere recording by soprano Else Torp and guitarist Per Pålsson unfolds as a fascinating testimony to an inspired encounter between words and music and a meeting of strong artistic personalities. Else is a core member of Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices, with whom she has performed around the world.

David's Review Corner
In Else Torp we have that pure and almost innocent voice that seems ideal for the music, and she is well partnered by Per Palsson's admirable guitar playing.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
This program of works for soprano and guitar by Ib Norholm shows humor, grace, passion, and excellent craft. Per Palsson's guitar playing is precise and colorful, and Else Torp's voice is beautiful and controlled. Stilleliv (Still Life), from 1968, is a set of five songs for soprano, guitar, and percussion with texts by Poul Borum. They are crystalline and witty, especially the fourth song, which begins with the voice sotto voce and ends with an instrumental dialog between the guitar and the percussion. Blomster fra den Danske Poesis Flora (Flowers from the Flora of Danish Poetry) is a collection Of eight folk-like songs based on well-known Danish poems by various poets. It was originally written in 1966 for piano and voice, and Per Palsson arranged them for guitar and voice for this performance. They are clever and good natured, and extremely well constructed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Garnisons Kirke (2011-02-07_2011-02-08&2011-).



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Works Details

>Norholm, Ib : Stilleliv (Still Life), for voice, guitar & percussion
  • Performers: Else Torp (Soprano); Else Torp (Percussion); Mathias Friis-Hansen (Percussion); Per Palsson (Guitar)
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke (2011-02-07_2011-02-08&2011-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1968

>Norholm, Ib : Blomster af den danske poesis flora (Flowers from the flora of Danish Poetry), for voice & piano, Op
  • Performers: Else Torp (Soprano); Per Palsson (Guitar)
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke (2011-02-07_2011-02-08&2011-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Norholm, Ib : Tavole per Orfeo, for voice, guitar & percussion, Op. 42
  • Performers: Else Torp (Soprano); Per Palsson (Guitar)
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke (2011-02-07_2011-02-08&2011-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Norholm, Ib : Blomster af den danske poesis flora (Flowers from the flora of Danish Poetry), for voice & piano, Op
  • Performers: Else Torp (Soprano); Per Palsson (Guitar)
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke (2011-02-07_2011-02-08&2011-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Norholm, Ib : Whispers of Heavenly Death (Hviskende stemmer om himmelsk dod), for voice & guitar
  • Performers: Else Torp (Soprano); Per Palsson (Guitar)
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke (2011-02-07_2011-02-08&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1987