Norway Archive

GRIEG: In Autumn; Lyric Suite; Sigurd Josalfa; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio

GRIEG: In Autumn; Lyric Suite; Sigurd Josalfa; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio

In her last concert appearance, Kirsten Flagstad celebrates the music and spirit of Edvard Grieg to the delight of the Proms audience. GRIEG: In Autumn, Op. 11; Lyric Suite, Op. 54; Sigurd Josalfar, Op. 56: Homage March; 10 Songs – Kirsten Flagstad, soprano/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Malcolm Sargent – Pristine Audio PASC 528, 77:29 […]

Sky Music: Tribute to Terje Rypdal  – Rune Grammofon

Sky Music: Tribute to Terje Rypdal  – Rune Grammofon

Sky Music: Tribute to Terje Rypdal [TrackList and Artistlist follows] – Rune Grammofon RCD2194, 79:50 [8/25/17] ****: A birthday tribute to an undervalued guitarist. The 79-minute, nine-track Sky Music: Tribute to Terje Rypdal is a transformative album. It is transformative in two ways. The mostly Norwegian, plus some American, musicians transform the music of guitarist […]

Martin Myhre OLSEN:  “Modes for All Eternity” and “Lonely Creatures” – AMP and Øra Fonogram

Martin Myhre OLSEN: “Modes for All Eternity” and “Lonely Creatures” – AMP and Øra Fonogram

Martin Myhre OLSEN & Wako & Oslo Strings = Modes for All Eternity – AMP Music, 43:39 (1/20/17) ****½: Martin Myrhe OLSEN & MMM Ensemble = Lonely Creatures – Øra Fonogram,   48:50, (4/1/16) ***½: Two bright concept albums featuring small jazz ensembles exploring musical territory of wide visual and literary reference. I suspect that the students […]

Reflections in Cosmo – Reflections in Cosmo – RareNoise

Reflections in Cosmo – Reflections in Cosmo – RareNoise

Norwegian rock-jazz that is forceful, imposing and heavy. Reflections in Cosmo – Reflections in Cosmo [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR073, 40:41 [1/20/17] ****: (Kjetil Møster – baritone, tenor and soprano saxophone; Hans Magnus Ryan – guitar; Ståle Storløkken – keyboards; Thomas Strønen – drums) The Norwegian quartet Reflections in Cosmo is ready-to-hear for those who […]

Jovan PAVLOVIC trio – Refleks – Øra Fonogram

Jovan PAVLOVIC trio – Refleks – Øra Fonogram

A stunningly original musical concept featuring string quartet, reeds and accordion trio playing original charts live in Norwegian cafe. Jovan PAVLOVIC trio – Refleks – Øra Fonogram, 54:48 (3/3/17) *****: (Jovan Pavlovic; accordion/ Gjermund Silset; double bass/ Helge Andreas Norbakken; drums/ Oyvind Nussle, Tor Johan Boen; violins/ Lazar Miletic; viola/ Hans Urban Andersson; cello/ Ole […]

BRATLIE: Vers la Lumière – Bratlie, piano; David Bratlie – electro-acoustic transitions – 2L

BRATLIE: Vers la Lumière – Bratlie, piano; David Bratlie – electro-acoustic transitions – 2L

JENS HARALD BRATLIE: Vers la Lumière – Bratlie, piano; David Bratlie – electro-acoustic transitions [track list fellows] 2L 2L-132-SACD Pure Audio Blu-ray + multichannel SACD, DTS-HD MA 192kHz/24 bit 5.1, DTS-HD MA 96kHz/24 bit, PCM 192kHz/24-bit stereo, Dolby Atmos, 9.1 Auro 3D, mShuttle: stereo MQA 96kHz + MP3 TT: 57:00 (Blu-ray is region free) (12/16) […]

Talking Sticks (2016)

Talking Sticks (2016)

Not just a film bio of Arthur Lipner but a trip around the earth viewing many aspects of mallet instruments worldwide. Talking Sticks (2016) Cast: Arthur Lipner, Gary Burton, Mike Mainieri, Vida Chenoweth, Bernard Woma and other top percussionists Studio: Living Arts Productions Video: for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English DD stereo Length: 63 min. […]

“UR”  – Music by EVA HOLM FOOSNÆS,  ODD JOHAN OVEROYE,  ØYVIND JOHAN EIKSUND,  MARTIN EIKESET KOREN – Eva Holm Foosnæs (cond.)/ Orchestra/Ensemble Kammerkoret Aurum – 2L

“UR” – Music by EVA HOLM FOOSNÆS,  ODD JOHAN OVEROYE,  ØYVIND JOHAN EIKSUND,  MARTIN EIKESET KOREN – Eva Holm Foosnæs (cond.)/ Orchestra/Ensemble Kammerkoret Aurum – 2L

UR  – Music by EVA HOLM FOOSNÆS,  ODD JOHAN OVEROYE,  ØYVIND JOHAN EIKSUND,  MARTIN EIKESET KOREN – Eva Holm Foosnæs (cond.)/ Orchestra/Ensemble Kammerkoret Aurum – 2L -129 multichannel 5.1 SACD, 44:46 (01/06/17) ****: Another interesting release from 2L in Norway.  The recordings consist exclusively of commissioned works, written by composers in affiliation with the musical community […]

The Last King, Blu-ray (2016)

The Last King, Blu-ray (2016)

A stirring medieval action film based on a true story of Norway’s past. The Last King, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Jacob Oftebro, Kristofer Hivju Director: Niles Gaup Studio: Norwegian/Magnet/ Magnolia Home Entertainment (10/4/16) Video: for 16:9 screens, HD color Audio: Norwegian, English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Subtitles: English Extras: Interview with actor Kristofer Hivju, Music video: Bifrost, […]

THORESEN: Sea of Names – Music by LASSE THORESEN – Maiken Mathisen Schau, flute/Trond Schau, p. – 2L

THORESEN: Sea of Names – Music by LASSE THORESEN – Maiken Mathisen Schau, flute/Trond Schau, p. – 2L

THORESEN: Sea of Names – Music by LASSE THORESEN – Maiken Mathisen Schau, flute/Trond Schau, p. – 2L multichannel SACD 2l-127 (11/18/16) *** 1/2: Contemporary chamber music from Norway, well-played and recorded. Lasse Thoresen is a well-known composer of contemporary Scandinavian music, inspired by a culture rich in a tradition of experimentation. His chamber music […]

“ORGANISM” – TRYGVE MADSEN, KJELL MØRK KARLSEN, and KJELL FLEM – Terje Winge, organ – 2L

“ORGANISM” – TRYGVE MADSEN, KJELL MØRK KARLSEN, and KJELL FLEM – Terje Winge, organ – 2L

“Organism” – TRYGVE MADSEN, KJELL MØRK KARLSEN, and KJELL FLEM  – Terje Winge, organ – 2L Pure Audio Blu-ray 2L-123-SABD + multichannel SACD, DTS-HD MA 192kHz/24 bit 5.1, DTS-HD MA 96kHz/24 bit 7.1, PCM 192kHz/24 bit stereo, Dolby Atmos, 9.1 Auro 3D, mShuttle: stereo MQA 96kHz + MP3 (8/25/16) (1:09:17)  [Dist. by Naxos] ****: Excellent contemporary […]

“Opus 250” – Works by BERG, ULVO, SÖDERLING and PAUS – Bergen Philharmonic Orch. – LAWO

“Opus 250” – Works by BERG, ULVO, SÖDERLING and PAUS – Bergen Philharmonic Orch. – LAWO

“Opus 250” – Works by BERG, ULVO, SÖDERLING and PAUS – Bergen Philharmonic Orch. /Andrew Litton /James Macmillan/ Edward Gardner – LAWO Classics LC1089, 72:54 (11/27/15) [Dist. by Naxos] ****: Contemporary music from Norway nicely recorded and expertly played. In celebration of its 250th anniversary (!), the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has undertaken an interesting project […]

Song Circus, “Anatomy of Sound” = a capella vocal sextet from Norway – 2L

Song Circus, “Anatomy of Sound” = a capella vocal sextet from Norway – 2L

Song Circus, “Anatomy of Sound” = RUBEN SVERRE GJERTSEN: Landscape with Figures; OLE-HENRIK MOE: Persefone – Song Circus – 2L-117 SABD, 56:59 SACD + 5.0 DTS audio-only Blu-ray (11/13/15) **1/2: Strange, spooky and not for everyone. Song Circus is an acclaimed a capella vocal sextet from Norway that specializes in works and improvisations using the […]