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Bjornstad - Songs at the Edge of the Ocean | Simax PSC1398

Bjornstad - Songs at the Edge of the Ocean

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Label: Simax

Cat No: PSC1398

Barcode: 7033662013982

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th April 2023

Contents

Artists

Solveig Andsnes (voice)
Nils Okland (violin, Hardanger fiddle)
Ketil Bjornstad (piano)
Rune Arnesen (percussion)

Works

Bjornstad, Ketil

Songs at the Edge of the Ocean

Artists

Solveig Andsnes (voice)
Nils Okland (violin, Hardanger fiddle)
Ketil Bjornstad (piano)
Rune Arnesen (percussion)

About

Songs at the Edge of the Ocean is a new oratorio by Ketil Bjørnstad, and is a continuation of his previous oratorios Old, Himmelrand and Sanger om tilhørighet.

The work is a tribute to Fartein Valen's composition, Kirkegården ved havet (The Churchyard by the Sea), which was written to accompany the French poet Paul Valéry's world-famous poem Le Cimetière marin.

In Bjørnstad's new oratorio, he has set to music Pelle Christensen's Norwegian version of the same poem, inspired by Valen's atonal composition, as well as melodic and harmonic sources of inspiration from Bjørnstad's time as a musician and composer.

The album also marks the debut of vocalist Solveig Andsnes - sister of pianists Ingrid Andsnes and Leif Ove Andsnes - as a recording artist. Together with Nils Økland on violin and Rune Arnesen on drums, they take us on a journey of existential dilemmas. Song at the Edge of the Ocean was recorded live during the premiere at Festiviteten in Haugesund on 27 April 2022, as a commissioned work for the Fartein Valen Festival.

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