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Nordsending: Works for String Trio & Duo / Trio Aristos


Release Date: 03/03/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2269  
Composer:  Bent SorensenPer NorgårdKaija SaariahoHenrik Hellstenius
Performer:  Szymon KrzeszowiecJakob Kullberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Aristos
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nordsending was the name given by southern Norwegian people of the late Medieval and Early Modern period to magical attacks from the sorcerous sub-Arctic and Arctic. It was the ‘broadcast from the north’. Other peoples had other names for it, but they all understood it similarly: the invisible medium through which splinters of iron, stone arrowheads and little mice were shot into the bodies of the healthy by Northern witches. With this program of string trios – and one duo – by four Nordic composers, Trio Aristos has devised a nordsending of their own: thoroughly contemporary, but equally magical.

The members of Trio Aristos have in various constellations worked with each of the composers – most extensively with Per
Read more Nørgård, the grand old man of Danish music, who is represented here with three works composed in the years around 1990, including the duo Tjampuan for violin and cello. His younger colleagues all contribute one work each to the album, all of them written between 2009 and 2014. Kaija Saariaho found inspiration for her four-movement trio in different cloud formations, while Bent Sørensen with Gondole added to a series of works inspired by Venice. Gondole was commissioned by Trio Aristos, and so was Rift, by the Norwegian composer Henrik Hellstenius, who recomposed the piece for these performers from his earlier series Imprints. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gondole by Bent Sorensen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Aristos
2.
Strings for Violin, Viola & Cello by Per Norgård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Aristos
3.
Cloud Trio by Kaija Saariaho
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Aristos
4.
Tjampuan by Per Norgård
Performer:  Szymon Krzeszowiec (Violin), Jakob Kullberg (Cello)
5.
Rift by Henrik Hellstenius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Aristos
6.
Babette's Feast: Pastorale by Per Norgård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Aristos

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