News from 2L .:. November 2012
The Schubert Connection (2L-093-SABD) Oslo String Quartet

The Schubert Connection
- Grieg's String Quartet meets Schubert's "Death and the Maiden"

The String Quartet in G minor by Edvard Grieg is quite unlike other string quartets. Indeed, its originality is so marked that it is easy to imagine it has no predecessor in the string quartet repertoire. However, since no quartet is written in isolation from what has gone before, it must be assumed that some work, or works, in the string quartet tradition served as a model for Grieg. It is strange that no effort has been made by musicologists or others to enquire into this. Until now, that is. By placing side by side two works that at first sight seem fairly different, this recording aims to bring into the open, for the first time, the fascinating details that link them.

Oslo String Quartet is widely recognized as one of the most versatile string quartets of our day. Since it was founded in 1991 it has established a reputation as an ensemble that unites high artistic standards with a degree of playfulness and an absolute integrity. The quartet's concerts and recordings have consistently received acclaim, both by the public and by critics. The Oslo String Quartet plays on instruments loaned by Dextra Musica and the ensemble is supported by Arts Council Norway. The current members of the quartet are Geir Inge Lotsberg and Liv Hilde Klokk (violins), Are Sandbakken (viola) and Øystein Sonstad (cello).

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Fartein Valen string quartets (2L-089-SABD) Hansakvartetten

Fartein Valen string quartets

"If Valen (1887-1952) had not been such a shy, self-effacing person, he would have won fame throughout Europe." So said Issay Dobrowen, a prominent conductor in the inter-war period, and chief conductor from 1927 to 1931 of Oslo's Filharmonisk Selskaps Orkester (predecessor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra). The path to fame was indeed uphill for Norway's leading modernist. However, Valen's diffidence was not the only reason for this - another was his chosen musical language, which grew out of the twelve-tone method of composition associated with Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern. By writing this sort of music, albeit with his own highly personal stamp, he was asking for trouble in the conservative world of Norwegian music.

The beauty and profundity of Valen's subdued but expressive music is being discovered by more and more listeners. Valen's reputation as one of Norway's foremost composers and as a pioneer of new music in the 20th century is now secure. The legendary pianist Glenn Gould recognized the importance of Valen's music, saying "For the first time in many years I have found a looming personality in the 20th century's music"

Hansakvartetten (The Hansa Quartet) was formed in 1987 by musicians from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The current members of the quartet are Åsta Jørgensen and Hilary Foster (violins), Helga Steen (viola), and Walter Heim (cello). Hilde Haraldsen Sveen graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts (Hochschule der Künste) in1994. Since then, she has held principal roles in a number of European opera houses.

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NODEBOG (2L-088-SABD) Gorset & friends

NODEBOG

NODEBOG presents musical pleasures and "divertissements" from 18th century Norway. The melodies are found in hand-written music books containing both international "hits" well known throughout Europe and local favourites - Halling dances and Pols dances are featured alongside minuets, marches and English country dances. These rediscovered treasures from the past can only be recreated through living performance today, here by flautist Hans Olav Gorset and his fellow musicians. These melodies may not seem important to the music historian, but to the listener they certainly are - being international "hits" of yesterday - and, who knows, perhaps becoming the hits of today!

Hans Olav Gorset (recorders and baroque flutes), Cathrine Bothner-By (soprano), Elizabeth Gaver (baroque violin), Vegard Lund (baroque guitar and theorbo), Lars Henrik Johansen (harpsichord), André Lislevand (viola da gamba), Kjell Tore Innervik (Norwegian folk drum) and
Håkon Mørch Stene (percussion).

Hans Olav Gorset is professor of recorder, baroque flute and performance practice at the Norwegian Academy of Music. His doctoral dissertation "Fornøyelig Tiids-fordriv" (The pleasurable passage of time) on the performance history and practice of some 1100 melodies from 18th Century Norwegian music books provides a unique springboard for his own music-making. His performances of this music have been delighting audiences for many years. In addition to performing and teaching, he makes flutes based on historical models.

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Jan Gunnar Hoff - LIVING

Jan Gunnar Hoff - LIVING

Video from the recording sessions in Sofienberg church for the album SOLO PIANO to be released March 2013 on Pure Audio Blu-ray, HiRes audio files and vinyl. Jan Gunnar Hoff is a pianist and composer born in Bodø, Northern Norway 1958. His background includes classical piano, progressive rock, pop and jazz. Hoff has released a number of solo recordings and composed 180 works for different settings. In 2005 he received the prestigious Edvard Grieg prize for his jazz mass "Meditatus". Hoff's last solo CD "Magma" (2008) has an international line up with Mike Stern, Mathias Eick, Maria Joao, Eivind Aarset. Recent albums (2012) include "Barxeta" with Alex Acuna and the Grammy-nominated "Quiet winter night" (2L-087). Jan Gunnar Hoff has in 2011 and 2012 made solo piano concerts in Russia, Italy, Kazakhstan and Kirgisistan. His melodic solo piano concept is highly appreciated and communicates well with different audiences, in both jazzclubs and concert halls.

 
55th GRAMMY nominations

55th GRAMMY Awards 2013

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on February 10th 2013 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and is once again broadcasted live by CBS. You can also follow the Live Webcast including the pre-Telecast award ceremony.

Best Surround Sound Album: Quiet Winter Night (Hoff Ensemble)

Best Engineered Album, Classical: SOUVENIR (TrondheimSolistene)

Quiet Winter NightSouvenir

 

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