David and Bathsheba (2012)

Kleiberg

Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Choir, Tonu Kaljuste

Tonu Kaljuste

The Biblical story of David and Bathsheba has a lot of present-day relevance. In this story, individual emotions interact with political actions and their consequences. Fundamental ethical questions are thus being raised, on the macro- as well as the microlevel. And not least, the story illustrates how these two levels may be connected.

From the opening bars, Kleiberg’s music establishes a very particular orchestral and harmonic colour, one effect of which is to ’place’ the events beyond our reach. It would be trivial to describe this distancing of the action as a mode of exoticism, but there is nonetheless a whiff of the East about the tone of the work, evocative of the time and a distant place. This is anything but a retreat into some oneiric fantasy world, removed from our contemporary reality.

Rather the remoteness of the setting, together with Kleiberg’s non-naturalistic approach to the drama, gives the work something of the character of myth. This enables it to speak to us as all myths speak to us, of deeper truths.

 

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Trondheim Symphony Orchestra

A powerhouse in the cultural life of mid-Norway! That is what people today say about the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Opera. The orchestra’s history goes back to 1909, when dedicated enthusiasts invited the public to the first subscription concerts. The St. Olav Jubilee in 1930 saw a surge in activity, but it was not until the founding of the Trondheim Chamber Orchestra in 1947 that the modern professional ensemble began to take shape. It was taken over by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in 1962 and fairly soon became one of the country’s leading orchestras. Since then it has increased in size and quality. In addition to giving regular symphony concerts, the orchestra is active in a variety of spheres, including opera and musical theatre, concerts and projects targeting children and teens, contemporary music, pedagogical activity and chamber music. Henning Sommerro has collaborated with the TSO over a period of many years. The high artistic level of this collaboration made it a natural choice for the recording of Ujamaa and The Iceberg.

photo: from booklet 2L146

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David and Bathsheba (2012)

Kleiberg

Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Choir, Tonu Kaljuste

Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Microphones: DPA Microphones
Producer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Engineer: Beatrice Johannessen
Recording location: Frikirken, Trondheim, Norway August 2011
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Act I, Introduction Orchestra
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Act I, Psalm 8 Chorus
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Act I, Scene I, My Lord, your servant Uriah the Hittite Joab, Chorus
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Act I, Scene II, Who is this that looks out like the dawn? David
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Act I, Scene II, Who is she? Joab, David
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Act I, Scene II, Come to me Bathsheba David, Bathsheba
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Act I, Scene II, It is the Lord who gave you your authority Chorus
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Act I, Scene III, Uriah! Have you not a young wife? Joab, Uriah
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Act I, Scene IV, He would not come, my Lord Joab, David
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Act I, Scene V, O Husband you are lost to me Bathsheba
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Act I, Scene VI, Eat! Drink! Uriah, David
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Act I, Scene VI, Down with the poor and honest man! Bathsheba, Uriah, Chorus
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Act II, Scene I, You are welcome Nathan Joab, David, Nathan
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Act II, Scene I, There are two men in your city Nathan, David
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Act II, Scene I, Psalm 51 David, Chorus
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Act II, Scene II, You are come to tell me my son is dead Bathsheba, Joab
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Act II, Scene II, Why has the fruit of my orchard failed? Bathsheba
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Act II, Scene III, Where are the robes you have torn? Bathsheba, David
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Act II, Scene III, The breath in our nostrils Chorus
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