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Erk Norby: The Rainbow Snake - Orchestral Songs and Symphonic Works / Bo Holten, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra; Aarhus University Choir

Album Summary

>Norby, Erik : Regnbueslangen (The Rainbow Snake), symphonic poem after an Indian tale
>Norby, Erik : Rilke Lieder, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Norby, Erik : Edvard Munch Trilogy, for chorus & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This CD features Danish composer Erik Norby's (1936-2007) spectacular breakthrough work The Rainbow Snake from 1975 as well as his Edvard Munch Trilogy and the Rilke-Lieder for mezzo-soprano and orchestra in new recordings by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Hanne Fischer and conductor Bo Holten.

Expedition Audio Recommended
... all of this music is colored by a post-romantic sound, with influences of Schoenberg, Berg and even Mahler being apparent... I was initially drawn to feature this title on E.A. for the symphonic poem The Rainbow Snake. With a masterful and extraordinarily random quality to its rhythms and harmonies, a powerful, generative nature is created... ... read more ...

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Writes in an impressive neo-late romantic style with a good sense of expanded tonality, lush harmony, and interesting ideas. This program contains three impressive pieces, all with important subtexts and striking ingenuity. The scene is set with mysterious but very beautiful harmony revealing a slowly rising snake in slow motion. All deal with overheated love and are set with German expressionist lyrical density. Solemn and sweaty, with a healthy dollop of Rilkean mysticism, the work retains shades of submerged tonality and is an effective piece of steamy excess. Ms Fischer is rich-voiced and appropriately expressive. Performances are excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Aalborg Hallen (05/14/2011-05/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Norby, Erik : Regnbueslangen (The Rainbow Snake), symphonic poem after an Indian tale
  • Conductor: Bo Holten
  • Ensemble: Aarhus University Choir
  • Notes: Aalborg Hallen (05/14/2011-05/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Norby, Erik : Rilke Lieder, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Hanne Fischer (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bo Holten
  • Ensemble: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Aalborg Hallen (05/14/2011-05/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Norby, Erik : Edvard Munch Trilogy, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Bo Holten
  • Notes: Aalborg Hallen (05/14/2011-05/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978-1979