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Spaces and Places - works for flute by Peter Bruun, Jexper Holmen, Torben Snekkestad, Morten Olsen et al. / Eva Ostergaard, flute

Audio Samples

>Bruun, Peter : Mit smykke, min rose, min aere (My Jewel, My Rose, My Honour), for voices, flute & bells
>Holmen, Jexper : Mrs. Schmidt, for bass flute
>Holmen, Jexper : Deimos, for bass flute
>Holmen, Jexper : Den bedste nytarsvuse (The Best New Year's Song), for voice & flute
>Snekkestad, Torben : Francis Sketched, for alto flute
>Bruun, Peter : Alt, hvad sjaelen nynner pa (All that My Soul Will Hum), for voices, flute & bells
>Olsen, Morten : The Dark Room, for voices, flute & bells
>Olesen, Thomas Agerfeldt : Stralsund, for flute

Album Summary

>Bruun, Peter : Mit smykke, min rose, min aere (My Jewel, My Rose, My Honour), for voices, flute & bells
>Holmen, Jexper : Mrs. Schmidt, for bass flute
>Holmen, Jexper : Deimos, for bass flute
>Holmen, Jexper : Den bedste nytarsvuse (The Best New Year's Song), for voice & flute
>Snekkestad, Torben : Francis Sketched, for alto flute
>Bruun, Peter : Alt, hvad sjaelen nynner pa (All that My Soul Will Hum), for voices, flute & bells
>Olsen, Morten : The Dark Room, for voices, flute & bells
>Olesen, Thomas Agerfeldt : Stralsund, for flute
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The string quartets of Danish music's eccentric outsider Rued Langgaard are passionate works of the composer's youth, representing both his nostalgically romantic side and his profoundly visionary modernity. For the first time on CD, this recording series presents all 8 quartets in the award-winning young Nightingale String Quartet's distinctly dramatic interpretation based on the revised Rued Langgaard Edition.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
In addition, or perhaps instead, you simply must hear Bruun's brief 2 Pieces with Skylark for recorder and choir on OUR 6220605 (Mar/Apr 2012: 195). The writing is lush and the performance is stunningly beautiful.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Logumkloster Kirke / Logumkloster Refugium (2007-2011).



Reviews

Spaces and Places/ Eva Ostergaard/Dacapo
The concept of this CD is to get 5 Danish composers to write multi-tracked
flute pieces utilizing the various reverbs available at Lagumkloster Church in Denmark. Although the idea on paper is interesting, not having control over reverb length in a multi-track setting presents all kinds of musical problems which are very difficult to fix in a mix. But reverb issues aside, music, in the end is about the composers and the performance—in this case, the performances by Eva Ostergaard are superb and the compositions have mix blessings.

The first composer is Peter Bruun whose mixture of bird loops, hymn melodies, madrigal-like flute quartets, untrained solo-male songs and general renaissanceness, conjure all the mysteries of a psychedelic soundtrack from a late 60’s art film. At times he arpeggiates Hindemith fourths along with other 20th C. allusions, while the formal architecture floats by like clouds in the sky, with little formal connection.
The second composer, Jexper Holmen, I found more interesting ‘Mrs Schmidt’ being a multi-tracked bass flute piece, though it was a bit defuse (too reverby and having deep muddied harmonies). ‘Deimos’ was more interesting with its hypnotic minimalist language.
The third composer, Torben Snekkestad, was more traditionally modernist with a
solo alto flute piece in a quasi serial/pitch set tradition (no multi tracking). Hopefully he has a good university job.
The 4th composer, Morten Olsen’s piece, ”The Dark Room” was a lot more musically sophisticated in its’ electro-acoustic roots, although the roots are more Musique Concrete vis-a-vis splicing and dicing. Long loops churn with bits and pieces floating over top, and with not a lot of use of stereo space (lots in the left side at times!). Formally it all seemed very random.
The final composer, Thomas Olesen’s piece opening with fast parallel chords up and down in scales. Besides the melody being too far back in the mix, the piece goes into a very odd Schoenberg /Hindemith section which eventually ends up back to the parallel scales.

As mentioned the spirited performances of Ms. Ostergaard are worth the price of admission to the Lagumkloster Church.

Submitted on 07/12/12 by Mike Maguire 
Fresh sounds
Those who like their soundscapes audacious and unpredictable, yet also accessible and affecting, should rejoice in this Dacapo offering, on which virtuoso flautist Eva Ostergaard performs eight compositions by several leading contemporary composers. This is music that constantly challenges expectations, but which also communicates with surprising emotional directness. Among the contributors, Peter Bruun crafts intriguing variations on traditional hymns, Torben Snekkestad charts an abstract course through space and time, Jexper Holmen spins dark/light webs of atmospheric sonorities, and Morten Olsen creates a fascinating sound collage out of snippets from the other pieces. Ostergaard plays multiple flutes on most of the tracks, overlaying them to stunning effect. The instrumentation is occasionally augmented with bells and vocals. All of the pieces were recorded in the Logumkloster church in Jutland, Denmark. The amazing acoustical properties of the church lend Ostergaard’s flute work wonderful textures and tonalities. Impossible to categorize, the sounds conjured here are ethereal, haunting, profound and often quite moving.
Submitted on 08/14/12 by Dean Brierly 
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Works Details

>Bruun, Peter : Mit smykke, min rose, min ære (My Jewel, My Rose, My Honour), for voices, flute & bells
  • Performers: Eva Ostergaard (Flute); Peter Bruun (Voice); Peter Langberg (Bells)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Holmen, Jexper : Mrs. Schmidt, for bass flute
  • Performer: Eva Ostergaard (Flute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Written: 2005-2010

>Holmen, Jexper : Deimos, for bass flute
  • Performer: Eva Ostergaard (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Written: 2010

>Holmen, Jexper : Den bedste nytårsvuse (The Best New Year's Song), for voice & flute
  • Performer: Eva Ostergaard (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Written: 2011

>Snekkestad, Torben : Francis Sketched, for alto flute
  • Performer: Eva Ostergaard (Flute)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 15 sec.
  • Written: 2009

>Bruun, Peter : Alt, hvad sjælen nynner på (All that My Soul Will Hum), for voices, flute & bells
  • Performers: Peter Bruun (Voice); Eva Ostergaard (Flute); Peter Langberg (Bells)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Olsen, Morten : The Dark Room, for voices, flute & bells
  • Performers: Peter Langberg (Bells); Peter Bruun (Voice); Eva Ostergaard (Flute)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Olesen, Thomas Agerfeldt : Stralsund, for flute
  • Performer: Eva Ostergaard (Flute)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006