Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) the national romantic and Olav Anton Thommessen (1946-) the modernist come together here in the tale of "Haugtussa" and her life, her love and her path through the Underworld to redemption. The story of Veslemøy - or Haugtussa - has literary parallels to Dante's "Divina Commedia" and Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin", and is one of the greatest works of Norwegian literature. Thommessen has helped himself to many of Grieg's compositions: From "Norwegian Folk Songs", "Peasant Dances", his chamber music and several of the lyrical pieces; adapting it, extending it, deleting it and following it through in a way that contribute to the scope of Garborg's poetry. Thommessen's musical collage is given an intense and gripping performance by Marianne Beate Kielland and Nils Anders Mortensen.
2 x Hybrid SACD + Pure Audio Blu-ray
Recorded in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352.8kHz/24bit)
5.1 surround and STEREO (123 minutes of epic music)
Release Europe and Asia: June 2011 (EAN 7041888515920)
Release USA and Canada: July 2011 (EAN 7041888515920)
Marianne Beate Kielland and Nils Anders Mortensen both live in northern Norway and are shining examples of the fact that it is possible to live outside the main centres and still make a living as freelance musicians at the highest level. They collaborated for the first time in 2003 and have since given concerts together all over Norway, in Estonia and in Finland. Several recordings, festival appearances and a concert tour in Russia are now in the pipeline.
Marianne Beate Kielland grew up near Hamar and has her training from the Norwegian Academy of Music. Today she is considered one of Scandinavia's leading singers and has toured extensively all over Europe, as well as visiting Japan and the USA on several occasions. The conductors she has worked with include: Phillippe Herreweghe, Fabio Biondi, Jordi Savall, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, Fabio Bonnizioni, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Arvid Engegård, Thomas Søndergård, Thomas Dausgaard, Jos van Immerseel, Bruno Weil, Ari Rasilainen, Joshua Rifkin, Manfred Honeck, Iona Brown, Daniel Reuss and Christian Curnyn.
Nils Anders Mortensen was born in Flekkefjord and has studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, the École Normale in Paris and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. In 1996 he was named "debutant of the year" by the Norwegian Concert Institute. He has won first prize at the Ibla Grand Prize piano competition in Sicily and in 1998 he won the Mozarteum Prize in Salzburg. In 2004 he received the Robert Levin Memorial Award during Bergen International Festival.