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My Heart Is Ever Present / Tine Thing Helseth


Release Date: 09/20/2007 
Label:  Simax   Catalog #: 1276  
Composer:  Gustav HolstTraditionalMax RegerHenry Thomas Smart,   ... 
Performer:  Elise BatnesTine Thing HelsethBirgitte Volan HavikIsa Katharina Gericke
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Playing and singing on a very high level.

Though still in her early twenties Tine Thing Helseth has already risen to the absolute elite among trumpet players. She has received several prestigious Norwegian and international prizes and appeared as soloist in a number of European countries and also in Shanghai. Her debut album with concertos by Haydn, Hummel, Neruda and Albinoni, released in November 2007, has had very positive reviews. It has not been reviewed on MusicWeb International but Bob Briggs admired her greatly at a concert in Wigmore Hall last year (see review).

Though not, strictly speaking, a Christmas disc
Read more the programme on the present disc is eminently suitable for Yuletide listening, and it was obviously released, in Norway at least, in time for the buying rush in December. Filled with melodious, beautiful, contemplative music, some of it very well known, some of it consisting of rarities. Norwegian listeners will probably be familiar with most of the programme but for an international public there are many pleasant surprises.

It is a varied menu, in spite of the predominant sacred atmosphere and it was a good idea to invite the superb soprano Isa Katharina Gericke to participate in the two Handel arias and the hymn Eg veit i himmelrik ei borg. Some months ago I reviewed a disc of Norwegian songs. I then named her ‘the foremost Norwegian song interpreter of the present generation’. Having heard the present disc I am willing to cross out ‘song’, since she is just as superb a Handel singer: lovely, pure and warm of voice with bell-like clarity and effortless technique. She also blends beautifully with the trumpet in their duets. As a matter of fact the same adjectives could be applied also to the playing of Tine Thing Helseth. Her technique is impeccable and she nuances the music admirably. This is especially important in a programme like this, which could easily be monotonous when listened to straight through.

The arrangements by Gaute Storaas also contribute to the variety. In the opening number Elise Båtnes’s violin duets with the trumpet, in Et lite barn så lystelig, a lively and charming melody. The trumpet is accompanied by plucked strings and Smart’s Angels from the realm of glory has a swinging chamber orchestra backing up the soloist, who executes some quite fanciful embellishments of the melody. The orchestra is also excellent in Torelli’s Sinfonia - in three short movements; in reality it is a miniature trumpet concerto.

Among the finds must be mentioned Nils Larsen’s Hymne, originally a song for soprano and piano, composed in 1915 to a text beginning Fader vor (Our father) also by the composer. Larsen was the leading piano teacher in Norway between the two wars but also a productive composer. This Hymne is however the only music by him that has survived. Eg veit i himmelrik, ‘the ultimate Norwegian sacred folk song’ as August Albertsen puts it in the liner-notes, is another gem to which to return.

Lovers of trumpet music or sacred songs or both should invest in this disc without delay. This is playing - and singing - on a very high level.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International


Track listing
Gustav HOLST (1874 - 1934)
1. In the bleak midwinter [2:49]
Trad
2. Et lite barn så lystelig (A tiny child so full of joy) [2:07]
3. Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (My heart is ever present) [4:14]
Max REGER (1873 - 1916)
4. Maria Wiegenlied [2:12]
Henry Thomas SMART (1813 - 1879)
5. Angels from the realms of glory [2:37]
George Frideric HANDEL (1685 - 1759)
6. Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne “Eternal source of light divine” [2:53]
Giuseppe TORELLI (1658 - 1709)
7. Sinfonia in D [4:54]
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750)/ Charles GOUNOD (1818 - 1893)
8. Ave Maria [2:57]
Tine Thing HELSETH (b. 1987)
9. Engledans (Angels dance) [2:50]
Trad
10. Kirken den er et gammelt hus (Built on the rock the church doth stand) [3:13]
George Frideric HANDEL
11. Let the bright seraphim from Samson [5:30]
Nils LARSEN (1888 - 1937)
12. Hymne [3:28]
Trad
13. Ingen vinner frem til den evige ro (None shall win eternal peace) [2:03]
14. Eg veit i himmelrike i borg (I know a stronghold in heaven) [3:44]
Adolphe ADAM (1803 - 1856)
15. O holy night [4:14]
Johannes KLOTZ (? - ?)
16. In dulci jubilo [2:28]
Trad
17. Deilig er jorden (How wonderful is the earth) [3:23] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Elise Batnes (Violin), Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet), Birgitte Volan Havik (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1906; England 
2. A tiny child so full of joy by Traditional
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
3. My heart is ever present by Traditional
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
4. Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
5. Angels from the realms of Glory by Henry Thomas Smart
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
6. Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: Eternal source of light by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet), Isa Katharina Gericke (Soprano)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; London, England 
7. Sinfonia con tromba in D major, G 8 by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
8. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
9. Angels' Dance by Tine Thing Helseth
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
10. Built on the rock the church doth stand by Traditional
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
11. Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Isa Katharina Gericke (Soprano), Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
12. Hymne by Nils Larsen
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
13. None shall win eternal peace by Traditional
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
14. I Know A Stronghold In Heaven by Traditional
Performer:  Isa Katharina Gericke (Soprano), Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
15. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
16. In dulci jubilo by Johannes Klotz
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
17. How wonderful is the earth by Traditional
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elise Batnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

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