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January 2012
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Himmelkvad (2L-075-SABD)


iTunesThe Nordic Council Music Prize 2010 was awarded to the Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen. His "Opus 42" represents a true renewal of Nordic vocal music. This strikingly beautiful piece reveals the common denominators in ancient and ultra-modern sounds, drawing our attention to the similarities between Scandinavian folk traditions and the music we might find in, say, the Middle East or India. Lasse Thoresen not only uses folk sounds to spice up art music, he also integrates its finely tuned microtonality, spectral overtones, harmonies and rhythms into the contemporary, modernist project in a truly pioneering manner. A project like this depends upon close collaboration with skilled musicians who are willing to take risks. Thoresen found them in the vocal ensemble Nordic Voices and folk singer Berit Opheim Versto.

Album details: www.2L.no

Hybrid SACD + Pure Audio Blu-rayeBook
Recorded in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352.8kHz/24bit)
5.0 surround and STEREO

Release Europe and Asia: January 2012 (EAN 7041888515623)
Release USA and Canada: February 2012 (EAN 7041888515623)

SpotifyArtistic creativity, versatility and technical precision are the main elements that make up NORDIC VOICES. The six-voice a cappella group was formed in 1996 and comprises graduates from the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Opera, who, in addition to their singing backgrounds, have a broad range of experience from choral conducting to teacher training and composition. It is perhaps this range of interests that leads them to explore a wider than usual spectrum of musical expression, from plainchant to new works commissioned from leading Norwegian composers; from the most sacred of religious texts to the definitely profane. Nordic Voices are an unusual blend of sophisticated music-making and stylish performance, more often than not with more than a dash of humour. Reda more in the latest newsletter from Nordic Voices.

Beethoven Sonatas vol II (2L-079-SACD)

Beethoven Sonatas vol II

iTunesLudwig van Beethoven, The French Revolution and the transition from Classicism to Romanticism are all terms which belong closely together. Beethoven's Sonatas for Fortepiano and Cello or Horn clearly demonstrate the connection - they were composed throughout his entire creative career and tell a continuous story, a musical and historical testament, of maturity and change. In this eminent recording we are given the opportunity to a direct encounter with the powers of Time and Aesthetics.

Kristin Fossheim (fortepiano), Bjørn Solum (cello)
and Steinar Granmo Nilsen (natural horn)

Album details: www.2L.no

Hybrid SACDeBook
Recorded in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352.8kHz/24bit)
5.1 surround and STEREO

Release Europe and Asia: January 2012 (EAN 7041888516026)
Release USA and Canada: March 2012 (EAN 7041888516026)

Spotify"Forced to live with a permanent physical disorder, born with a fiery temperament, I had to isolate myself, live my life alone." The musical genius that lost his hearing never succumbed to fate. On the contrary - over and over again he managed to adjust to the shifting phases of his life and art. As a creative artist, Beethoven stood for constant renewal throughout his entire career, and he never hesitated from sharing his innermost feelings with his listeners. The three sonatas on this CD were created in three different phases - meet the young, the struggling and the mature Beethoven in an intense and lucid performance. "I will fly at fate and attack it - it will never succeed in striking me to the ground!" Watch the video from the recording sessions!

GREX VOCALIS 2011-sessions (2L-081-HRFD)

GREX VOCALIS 2011-sessions

SpotifyiTunesCarl Høgset is the founding conductor of Grex Vocalis. For 40 years he has educated and inspired more than 300 singers. Three new pieces was recorded in their 2011 aniversary season: "Normally we conclude our concerts with An Irish Blessing, and many of our listeners have approached us for a recording of this piece. The German composer Heinrich Poos has written Auferstehn to beautiful words by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724–1803). I want this piece to be sung at my funeral. In 1974 the Norwegian composer Sverre Bergh (1915–80) wrote a piece to words by Dylan Thomas (1914–53). And Death Shall Have No Dominion is one of my favourite pieces. I’ve performed it many times with Grex Vocalis, but also with the Norwegian Youth Choir. My interpretation of the poem is that no matter what is done to us, Humanity shall survive. For many years we’ve wished to record this piece." - Carl Høgset 2011

Album details: www.2L.no

HiRes audio fileseBook
Recorded in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352.8kHz/24bit)
5.0 surround and STEREO

Worldwide release: January 2012 (EAN 7041888516224)

Streaming services: WiMP and SPOTIFY .:. HiRes audio files: HDtracks / HighResAudio / e-ONKYO / Klicktrack


Next month: TrondheimSolistene's SOUVENIR part I on 180g vinyl and HiRes audio files!


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54th GRAMMY AwardsOops!...We did It Again: Three more GRAMMY nominations this year :-)

67. Best Surround Sound Album: "Kind": Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Kjetil Almenning, Ensemble 96 & Nidaros String Quartet) [2L (Lindberg Lyd)]

72. Best Choral Performance:"Kind": Kjetil Almenning, conductor (Nidaros String Quartet; Ensemble 96) [2L]

75. Best Classical Vocal Solo: "Grieg/Thommessen: Veslemøy Synsk": Marianne Beate Kielland; Nils Anders Mortensen) [2L]

The music captured by 2L features Norwegian composers and performers, and an international repertoire reflected in the Nordic atmosphere. The surround sound recordings of Lindberg Lyd do not only transform the entire listening experience, more radically, these innovative recordings overturn some very basic concepts regarding how music is played and even composed. 2L emphasize surround sound with Pure Audio Blu-ray and HiRes file distribution, and have garnered no less than 12 american GRAMMY nominations over the last six years.

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