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TrondheimSolistene DIVERTIMENTI Blu-ray + SACD

The divertimento as a musical genre dates back to the nineteenth century. Divertimenti were composed for various social occasions and were intended to be light, uncomplicated and cheerful. Such pieces were often scored for small string ensemble.

Over the years this effortless, elegant form has appeared in many different musical styles and, to a large extent, set the standard for the virtuosic chamber music we know today. A number of the most prominent composers of our age have engaged with this most fascinating musical style and have contributed to its further refinement as a chamber-symphonic showpiece.

Benjamin Britten Simple SymphonyeBook  DIVERTIMENTI
Grazyna Bacewicz Concerto for String Orchestra
Terje Bjørklund Carmina
Béla Bartók Divertimento for Strings

Hybrid SACD + music Blu-ray
two-disc-box at the price of one ordinary CD

TrondheimSolisteneTrondheimSolistene (The Trondheim Soloists) is one of Norway's most exciting young ensembles performing on the international stage. Thanks to the orchestra's dedication, commitment and enthusiasm it has quickly established itself as an innovative chamber orchestra with invitations to collaborate with leading artists across a broad range of genres. The Trondheim Soloists' artistic director is Øyvind Gimse, assisted in DIVERTIMENTI by alternating concertmasters Geir Inge Lotsberg and Anders Kjellberg Nilsson.

Following on from the award winning recording of MOZART's violin concertos with Marianne Thorsen, TrondheimSolistene team up once again with the recording company 2L for their new production. This album features a selection of some of the finest and most technically challenging repertoire for string orchestra, and includes repertoire by Benjamin Britten, the Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz, the Norwegian composer Terje Bjørklund as well as Bela Bartok's seminal work for string orchestra the Divertimento.

DIVERTIMENTI is the first music-only recording to be made available commercially in the ground breaking format of Blu-Ray. A world premiere! Catch TrondheimSolistene performing the wonderful Divertimento by Bartok as part of their programme on tour in the Far East with Anne Sophie Mutter this May. See their tour schedule for further details: www.trondheimsolistene.no

The world’s first music Blu-ray is made in Norway

TrondheimSolistene celebrate their 20th anniversary with a recording the sound quality of which is guaranteed to surpass anything you've ever heard before. DIVERTIMENTI was recorded by an ensemble on top form, and you can hear it. Every instrument is so clearly placed in the sound that you can actually envisage each individual musician. The recording, made in the wonderful acoustics of Selbu church in Norway, has a distinct, unique quality; making full use of the Blu-ray format this remarkable performance by TrondheimSolistene offers a superlative auditory experience. For those who haven't yet acquired the hardware we've included a hybrid SACD which will play on conventional stereos and computers. The Blu-ray is fully compatible with Sony's PlayStation3.

DIVERTIMENTI is produced by Lindberg Lyd and released by 2L, a Grammy nominated record company renowned internationally for its uncompromising focus on audiophile quality. 2L has previously released TrondheimSolistene's MOZART (2L38SACD) - a disc that was declared a "Record To Die For" by Stereophile magazine and which received a Norwegian recording industry Spellemann prize.

Music label 2L celebrates its fiftieth release with DIVERTIMENTI and is the first record company in the world to combine a hybrid SACD with a Blu-ray "music only" disc in the same package. Since all the various formats in this production are derived from the same high resolution source (5.1 channel DXD, 24 BIT 352.8kHz) the product, as well as the musical pleasure derived from it, sets a unique standard for equipment manufacturers and HiFi magazines the world over.

Hybrid Super Audio-CD 5.1 SURROUND + STEREO produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition).
This compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.
- Ordinary CD (16 BIT / 44.1 kHz)
- 2.0 DSD (2.8224Mbit/s per kanal)
- 5.1 DSD (2.8224Mbit/s per kanal)What is Blu-ray?

Blu-ray Exclusive High Definition Music – video only for menu guide.
- 2.0 LPCM 24BIT/192 kHz
- 5.1 LPCM 24BIT/192 kHz
- 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio 24BIT/192 kHz
- 5.1 Dolby True HD 24BIT/192 kHz
- 5.1 Dolby Digital 48kHz

Sony's PlayStation3 is fully compatible with this disc.

Asia tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter

TrondheimSolistene will soon be off on tour again, this time a major tour to 5 countries in the Far East with the incredible violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter! TrondheimSolistene will be giving 13 concerts in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, performing in many of the most important venues across the region, including the new National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing!

This tour will once again reunite Ms Mutter with TrondheimSolistene, a highly successful collaboration which has already resulted in extensive tours to Europe and the USA as well as the release of the hugely popular Vivaldi Four Seasons album for DG. This time the programme will include Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 and Vivaldi's Four Seasons as well as Bartok's seminal work for string orchestra the Divertimento.

This tour will not only mark the Far East release of Ms Mutter's new CD with TrondheimSolistene for DG, of Bach Concerti, but also the release of TrondheimSolistene's own recording of works by Benjamin Britten, Grazyna Bacewicz, Terje Bjørklund and Bartok's Divertimento for 2L records.  DIVERTIMENTI is the the first classical recording worldwide to be made available commercially in the ground breaking format of Blu-ray.

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The album DIVERTIMENTI is now available as commercial
HiRes audio files
from MusicOnline.no

We also have a test site offering free downloads : www.2l.no/hires/

FLAC 24 BIT / 96 kHz MCH (5.1)
DSD (2.8224Mbit/s) STEREO

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MOZART in Stereophile 2008 February


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Announced a Record to Die For by STEREOPHILE February 2008

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