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Ensemble 96 - KIND (2L-076-SABD)

Ensemble 96 - KIND

The word KIND embraces concepts of childlikeness and childishness in different languages, as well as suggesting friendliness and consolation. The project's subtitle was "about children, for adults". In keeping with Ensemble 96's main focus, KIND presents modern Norwegian and Nordic choral music. Per Nørgård and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi are already considered classics by a rapidly increasing audience, while Marcus Paus represents a younger generation of Norwegian composers with a growing interest in the choral medium. The more recent works on the disc set texts all of which have a certain melancholy, fear or unrest linked to childhood. The folk songs are a brave attempt to offer consolation in a remorseless world. Conuctor: Kjetil Almenning.

Ensemble 96 is regarded one of the top chamber choirs in the world. Their IMMORTAL NYSTEDT was nominated for the 49th GRAMMY Awards as "Best Choral Performance" and "Best Surround Sound Album" in 2006.

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Release Europe and Asia: November 2010 (EAN 7041888515722)
Release USA and Canada: January 2011 (UPC 845829000769)

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The Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi first wrote the music to "Die Stimme des Kindes" without words. After some time he came across Nikolaus Lenau's poem in which Mäntyjärvi found moods and textures that corresponded with his own ideas. The piece sounds like an idyllic lullaby, yet it is also melancholic and dramatic. An uneasy adult finds consolation in the innocent sleep and gentle smile of a child.

iTunesLike many other artists the Danish composer Per Nørgård found inspiration in the work of the schizophrenic writer Adolf Wölfli whose life and works are a magnificent testimony to human spiritual life. Combined with Rainer Maria Rilke's poem about spring the three movements of "Wie ein Kind" present a powerful encounter with childhood memories. Some of them are pleasant to recall, others less so.

There is surprisingly little music for choir and string quartet. Ensemble 96 therefore decided to commission Marcus Paus to write a work for that particular constellation. In "The Stolen Child" the Norwegian composer has created a fairytale using simple, yet at the same time complex, means. Through its playful interaction with Yeats' poem the work takes us far afield to where the fairies lure the little child away from all the world's grief.

Frank Havrøy has arranged several traditional Norwegian lullabies for choir. These timeless folk songs speak directly to us, and Havrøy's elegant arrangements give them an extra dimension.


NIDAROS Cathedral Choir

Nidaros Cathedral Choir invites you to enjoy the wonderful ambience of the Nidaros Cathedral. This is the first ever surround sound recording of music performed in the cathedral, allowing you to experience the reverberations of this magnificent space. The choir has commissioned a number of new choral works during the last decade. This recording gives you samples of this, of which the majority have not previously been recorded. The repertoire spans from music composed for national events, to music composed for concerts or services.

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Release Europe and Asia: November 2010 (EAN 7041888515326)
Release USA and Canada: January 2011 (UPC 845829000721)

iTunesUnder the musical direction of Vivianne Sydnes, the choir presents music by both young and more established Norwegian composers, including Ståle Kleiberg, Henning Sommerro, Torbjørn Dyrud, Andrew Smith, Odd Johan Overøye, Ludvig Nielsen, Per Fridtjov Bonsaksen and Wolfgang Plagge. Improvisations by Torbjørn Dyrud on the unique Wagner organ in the Nidaros Cathedral.


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OLE BULL Violin Concertos

OLE BULL Violin Concertos
Annar Follesø / Norwegian Radio Orchestra / Ole Kristian Ruud

Definition: "2L once again dive into their Norwegian heritage to deliver the world a dazzling disc full of marvelously recorded and beautiful music. If you are unfamiliar with the musical landscape of Ole Bull, then the superb play of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under Ole Krisitan Ruud with Annar Follesø’s violin will be a perfect guide. This is a highly recommended recording."

BBC Music Magazine: "Annar Follesø does a sterling job of bringing these works vibrantly to life, with barely a blemish in his beautiful bel canto tone despite the numerous leaps into the stratosphere. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra gives excellent support under Ole Kristian Ruud."iTunes

AWARDS: Record of the Year by The Grieg Society of Great Britain.

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STRING QUARTETS Beethoven - Nordheim - Bartók

iTunesHiFi+: "This is a jewel, not only in the music, but also in a wonderfully recorded disc of string quartets. The playing is sublime and the sound quality is one of the finest i've heard"

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The Trondheim Soloists / Larsen / Amper

iTunesClassic FM: Editors Choice!
The Strad: "Breathtaking: vigerous, tender, nostalgic and beautiful"

BBC Music Magazine: "As with their stunning Divertimento disc, the Trondheim Soloists possess great energy and a full-blooded sound, though there is no lack of poetry or beauty. Unless you have a pathological aversion to modern folk music, then this is infectious."

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