Portraying Passion: Works by Weill, Paus & Ives | Lawo Classics LWC1164

Portraying Passion: Works by Weill, Paus & Ives

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Label: Lawo Classics

Cat No: LWC1164

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th November 2018

Contents

Artists

Tora Augestad (mezzo-soprano)
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Joshua Weilerstein
Christian Eggen

Works

Ives, Charles

At the River
Cradle Song
Down East
Serenity
The Unanswered Question
Thoreau

Paus, Marcus

Hate Songs

Weill, Kurt

Die 7 Todsunden (The 7 Deadly Sins)

Artists

Tora Augestad (mezzo-soprano)
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Joshua Weilerstein
Christian Eggen

About

The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra portraits mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad in a compilation with music by Kurt Weill, Marcus Paus and Charles Ives. Augestadís repertoire selection for Portraying Passion takes the musical qualities of modernist, individualistic composers and places it squarely within the context of the twenty-first century.

Pausís contemporary composition enhances the visionary dissonance of Ives as well as the contrasting melodic shifts of Weillís orchestrations, yet brings something entirely new to the equation, especially in its startling text and cabaretesque performance.

Parker and Brecht could just as well walk arm-in-arm down the conceptual pathway of understated satire, counterbalanced by the ethereal, transcendental text of Ivesís songs into a complimentary whole. Add Augestadís unique approach to these works into the equation, and the listener is served with a program certain to make them re-examine any former assumptions, and delight at the outcome.

And therein lies the timeless dimension of this mezzo-sopranoís considerable artistry. The Norwegian mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad is an artist equally at home in concert halls, theatre and cabaret stages or contemporary music festival programmes.

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