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White Nights - Impressions Of Norwegian Folk Music

Norwegian Soloists Choir / Pedersen
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1871   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  VariousGjermund LarsenNorwegian TraditionalEivind Groven,   ... 
Performer:  Gjermund LarsenJorunn Lovise HusanBerit Opheim VerstoSvein Korshamn,   ... 
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Berit Opheim Versto, folk singer
Gjermund Larsen, fiddle, hardanger fiddle
The Norwegian Soloists' Choir (Det Norske Solistkor)
Grete Pedersen, conductor

More than a century ago, the rhythms and harmonies of Edvard Grieg's music enchanted a whole world. What Grieg himself readily admitted was that these rhythms and harmonies had been absorbed during his journeys along fjords and across mountains, and his encounters with fiddlers and folk singers - such as the dairy-maid Gjendine Slaalien, whose 'bådnlåt' (lullaby) Grieg turned into a piano piece. But although the most famous, Grieg is only one of many Norwegian composers who have found folk music a deep and decisive source of inspiration.
Read more Combining traditional folk songs with recent compositions springing from folk music, the Norwegian Soloists' Choir on the present disc makes a compelling case for the powerful hold that this music has over the country's cultural life, in performances that easily makes one understand why! The choir's conductor, Grete Pedersen, has a constant eye open for the immediacy of folk music, but also its melancholy which, as she writes in her own introduction, 'always shines through, whether the tune is a wedding march or a lullaby, and whether it accompanies a religious song or a tale of a maiden abducted by trolls.' The choir's previous recording for BIS was a programme of Grieg's choral works, described as 'a performance of breathtaking beauty' in Le Monde de la Musique, and 'a reference recording, the likes of which one doesn't encounter every day' on website klassik.com. Already on that disc the Norwegian Soloists' Choir explored the music's roots in folk music, and going a step further in this direction, Grete Pedersen has now invited one of Norway's most respected folk singers, Berit Opheim Versto, and the fiddler and composer Gjermund Larsen to join her and the choir on their journey through 'the intricate landscape of folk music'.

Tracks:
1. Gjendines Bådnlåt
2. Jeg lagde mig så sildig
3. Jesus din søte forening å smake
4. Nådigste Jesus / Jesus styr du mine tankar
5. Med Jesus vil eg fara
6. Bruremarsj fra Valsøyfjord
7. Polonese
8. Gropen
9. Solbønn
10. Solistvals
11. Margjit Hjukse, Op.48
12. Allsang
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Works on This Recording

1.
Polonaise for fiddle by Gjermund Larsen
Performer:  Gjermund Larsen (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Gropen, traditional dance melody from Verdal (after Asbjorn Indahl) by Norwegian Traditional
Performer:  Gjermund Larsen (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Gjendines bådnlåt (Gjendines lullaby) (after Slaalien, Kaia Gjendine) by Norwegian Traditional
Performer:  Jorunn Lovise Husan (Voice), Berit Opheim Versto (Voice)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Written: Norway 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Jeg lagde mig saa sildig by Norwegian Traditional
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Jesus din sote forening å smake, hymn from Ryfylke by Norwegian Traditional
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Nådigste Jesus (Merciful Jesus), hymn (after Ragnar Vigdal) by Norwegian Traditional
Performer:  Berit Opheim Versto (Voice)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Margjit Hjukse, folk song setting for fiddle, soloists & mixed chorus, Op. 48 by Eivind Groven
Performer:  Berit Opheim Versto (Voice), Gjermund Larsen (Hardanger Fiddle), Svein Korshamn (Voice),
Jens-Erik Aasbo (Voice)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Period: Modern 
Written: 1964 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8.
Solbonn (Sun Prayer), for fiddle & chorus by Gjermund Larsen
Performer:  Gjermund Larsen (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Solistvals (Soloist's Waltz), for fiddle by Gjermund Larsen
Performer:  Gjermund Larsen (Fiddle), Berit Opheim Versto (Voice)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
10.
Allsang, for voice, violin, chorus & tape by Eivind Buene
Performer:  Berit Opheim Versto (Voice), Gjermund Larsen (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2009 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 16 Minutes 24 Secs. 
11.
Med Jesus vil eg fara (I will walk with Jesus), folk song by Norwegian Traditional
Performer:  Berit Opheim Versto (Voice)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
12.
Bridal March from Valsoyfjord-Aure, traditional melody by Norwegian Traditional
Performer:  Berit Opheim Versto (Voice), Gjermund Larsen (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Ris Kirke, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Polonese (Polonaise) (arr. G. Eriksson)
Gropen (arr. G. Larsen)
Gjendines badnlat (Gjendine's Cradle Song) (arr. G. Eriksson)
Jeg Lagde mig sa Sildig (I Lay Down to Rest) (arr. E. Alnaes)
Jesus, din sote forening a smake (Jesus, To Savour Your Sweet Union) (arr. K. Nystedt)
Nadigste Jesus - Jesus Styr Du Mine Tankar (Merciful Jesus - Jesus, Guide My Thoughts) (arr. G. Eriksson)
Margit Hjukse
Solbonn (Sun Prayer) (arr. G. Eriksson)
Solistvals (Soloist's Waltz)
Allsang: Preludium
Allsang: Liksang
Allsang
Allsang: Duo
Allsang: Responsorium
Allsang: Fragment
Allsang: Salme
Med Jesus Vil Eg Fara (With Jesus I Will Journey) (arr. H. Sommerro)
Bruremarsj Fra Valsoyfjord (Wedding March from Valsoyfjord) - Aure (arr. H. Sommerro and G. Pedersen)

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