Album
   
Album title
Veneliti
Performer

Oslo Kammerkor
Håkon Daniel Nystedt, conductor
Ørjan Matre, composer

Catalogue #
2L-153-SABD
EAN13
7041888524526
ISRC-code
NOMPP1904010-120

Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
MCH 5.0 DSD
Stereo DSD
RedBook PCM: MQA CD
Disc 2

Pure Audio Blu-ray
2.0 LPCM 192/24
5.0 DTS HDMA 192/24
5.0.4 Auro-3D 96kHz
5.0.4 Dolby Atmos 48kHz
mShuttle: MQA + FLAC + MP3
Region: ABC - worldwide


Release date
May 2019
Recording date

June, October and November 2017

Location
Ris Church, Norway
Original source
DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)
 

Veneliti

Composer Ørjan Matre has worked with Oslo Chamber Choir for over a decade. For Veneliti he has been able to profit from the choir's strong traditions in folk music in his sonic interpretations of Norwegian folk songs – fervent hymns, mystical legends and bittersweet love songs. By returning to the songs' sources and how they have traditionally been sung, Matre has preserved their core identity, giving it new life and meaning in his sonic world. Recorded here in immersive audio, you, the listener, take part in this world as if you were sitting in the choir yourself.

The music you are about to listen to has been on a long journey before it finally reaches your ears. It comprises fervent hymns, mystical legends and bitter love songs. Exactly where the journey began, however, is not easy to say, but along the way the songs gain new life through the people who sing them, each time with a slightly different shape, a different feeling, maybe a new purpose – but at their core, they remain the same.

Ørjan Matre has listened to the songs, to the singers who perform them, and has listened to old recordings of the songs, where possible. By doing this, he has been able to identify the songs' core identity – a tricky task given the difficulties of translating such melodies through traditional scoring systems. Therefore, rather than being traditional arrangements, Matre's compositions are more a sonic interpretation of that very identity.

Unni Løvlid has been teaching the choir in traditional styles of singing. By learning by ear, rather than reading the music, the singers have acquired a different kind of "ownership" of both the music and the lyrics. In addition, this approach allows for the singers to inject more of their own personality into the music. As for the live performances, conductor Håkon Daniel Nystedt has continued the by-ear approach, and, in so doing, has created a holistic expression in which the uniqueness of each voice becomes apparent.

To properly convey both the songs' identity and the multifaceted qualities of the choir on a recording like this requires a producer with a special kind of ear. Morten Lindberg's groundbreaking approach to recording techniques and immersive audio faithfully reproduces the complexity of this sound picture in a way that would have been impossible only a few years ago. As a result, Venelity has a consistency, with Matre's dreamy interludes ultimately binding together the different modes of expression and disparate sound worlds.

And now the music has found its way to you, the listener. Maybe you are in your living room, on a train, in a car, or in the woods. Maybe you will close your eyes, or let them rest on the horizon. Perhaps you are tired or sad? Perhaps happy and relieved? Either way, these songs have meant different things at different times for all kinds of people. Now they will gain new life, through your listening.

Recording sessions: Facebook Photo Album


Komponisten Ørjan Matre har samarbeidd med Oslo Kammerkor i over 10 år. Med Veneliti har Matre dyrka folkemusikkompetansen i Oslo Kammerkor og bearbeidd norske folketonar – lengtande salmar, mystiske segn og såre kjærleiksviser. Ved å lytte til kjeldene og korleis songane har blitt sunge, er identiteten tatt vare på og fått nytt liv og meining i Matres klangverd. I eit omsluttande lydbilete får du som lyttar ta del i denne klangverda som om du sat midt i koret.

Musikken du lyttar til no, har lagt bak seg ei lang reise før den når dine øyrer. Det er lengtande salmar, mystiske segn og såre kjærleiksviser. Kvar reisa byrja, er ikkje alltid like lett å seie. Songane får nytt liv gjennom menneska som syng dei. Kvar gong i ei ny form, ein ny klang, med ei ny meining – men kjernen er den same.

Ørjan Matre har lytta til songane, og til dei som syng. Lytta til kjelda. Slik blir identiteten til tonane tatt vare på, noko ein risikerer å miste skulle ein overføre melodiane gjennom tradisjonelle notesystem. Meir enn tradisjonelle arrangement, blir Matres komposisjonar til Veneliti heller klangbiletlege tolkingar av denne identiteten.

Unni Løvlid har undervist koret i tradisjonelle syngemåtar. Når songarane lærer på øyret får dei eigarskap til tonane og tekstane, og kan legge sin personlege klang i musikken. Den lyttande tilnærminga har dirigent Håkon Daniel Nystedt teke vidare i koret si framføring av musikken, og skapt eit uttrykk som løftar fram klangen i kvar einskilde stemme.

Å skulle få fram identiteten i songane og dei mangefasetterte klangane i koret på ei innspeling som dette, krev ein djupt lyttande produsent. Med Morten Lindberg sitt nybrottsarbeid innan opptaksteknikkar og omsluttande lyd blir denne kompleksiteten gjengitt på ein måte som hadde vore umogleg for få år sidan. Veneliti har fått ei heilheitleg form gjennom dei drøymande mellomspela til Matre. Dei bind saman dei ulike uttrykka og klangverdene.

No har tonane kome til deg der du lyttar. Kanskje i stova, på toget, i bilen, eller i skogen. Kanskje du lèt att auga eller lèt dei kvile på horisonten? Kanskje er du sliten eller lei deg? Eller er du glad og letta? Denne musikken har betydd ulike ting til ulik tid for ulike menneske, og får no nytt liv og ny meining gjennom dine øyrer.

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