Music for a While: Canticles of Winter | Grappa GRCD4458

Music for a While: Canticles of Winter

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Label: Grappa

Cat No: GRCD4458

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 6th November 2015

Contents

Artists

Tora Augestad (vocals)
Stian Carstensen (accordion, banjo, pedal steel)
Mathias Eick (trumpet)
Martin Taxt (tuba)
Pal Hausken (drums, percussion)

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachts-Oratorium), BWV248
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Carbonelli, Giovanni Stefano

Allegro

Darke, Harold

In the Bleak Midwinter

Dowland, John

Come heavy sleep

Handel, George Frideric

Solomon, HWV67
» Will the sun forget to streak

Lindeman, Ludvig Mathias

Kirken den er et gammelt hus

Purcell, Henry

The Fairy Queen, Z629
» Now Winter comes slowly (Act 4)

Schubert, Franz

Winterreise, op.89, D911
» no.1 Gute Nacht

Traditional

Coventry Carol
In dulci jubilo
Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (My heart forever dwells)
Wexford Carol

Artists

Tora Augestad (vocals)
Stian Carstensen (accordion, banjo, pedal steel)
Mathias Eick (trumpet)
Martin Taxt (tuba)
Pal Hausken (drums, percussion)

About

The band Music for a While, fronted by Norway's uncrowned queen of the cabaret, Tora Augestad, release an album they describe as "a selection of low-key winter songs with a hint of Christmas". It is miles away from a traditional Christmas record, although some of the loveliest Christmas songs ever written can be heard here.

Music for a While's trademark is the group's personal, organic and creative approach to the material, regardless of its origins. Whether the point of departure is Kurt Weill's familiar cabaret melodies or songs and pieces from the classical repertoire, two elements consistently stand out: vocalist Tora Augestad's vocal control and unique communication skills, and the band's elegant, seamless and genre-crossing treatment of the material.

Norwegian radio personality Erling Wicklund said in a review that the band "tear down genre boundaries and challenge us to rediscover our European music heritage". The record 'Canticles of Winter' presents music composed by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Carbonelli and Bach, among others.

In addition to Augestad, Music for a While features a dream team of Norwegian jazz musicians: accordion player Stian Carstensen (Farmers Market), trumpet player Mathias Eick (Jaga Jazzist, Manu Katch), tuba player Martin Taxt (Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Koboku Senju) and drummer and percussionist Pl Hausken (In the Country, Susanna, Ida Jenshus).

'Canticles of Winter' is the band's most powerful and beautiful release thus far. It was recorded at Rainbow Studio in Oslo with the legendary Jan Erik Kongshaug as technician and producer.

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