Bjørn Morten Christophersen - Woven Brass (2017)

Christophersen

Oslo Philharmonic Brass

Jonas Haltia

This album is spun out of the musical friendship between Christophersen and Haltlia, and features whirling overtone spectra, virtuosic gestures, beautiful melodic ambiguity and quiet spaces – musical moments and extended structures – all woven together into an hour-long musical narrative. Bjørn Morten Christophersen is continually in pursuit of new musical stories. Whether writing for choir, orchestra, chamber ensembles or TV drama, a clear voice always carries the narrative. The six musicians gathered for this recording are all members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and they play together in the ensemble Norwegian Brass Expo. They are among the best and most experienced brass players in Scandinavia and come from a Nordic brass tradition advocating a homogenous and beautiful sound.

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Bjørn Morten Christophersen - Woven Brass (2017)

Christophersen

Oslo Philharmonic Brass

    The Arts Desk

Woven Brass is a disc to suit all listening habits, a collection of brass pieces ranging from 33 seconds to 14 minutes in length. They can be enjoyed in isolation. Or, heard in sequence, they form an extended multi-movement work. Christophersen’s little Sentimental Pebbles was the starting point, a melting hymn for trumpet and organ here rescored for brass quintet. Here it's a mellow centerpiece. We get pieces for quintet, trio, and an arresting opener for three trumpets. The writing is so, so idiomatic, and Christophersen’s direct musical language is readily accessible. Trombone glissandi in the little Sliding March sound like distant sirens, and Circo Dodecafonico’s twelve-tone hijinks are witty and lyrical. Trumpeter Jonas Haltia is outstanding in an extended solo Chaconne, and the disc’s disparate threads are knitted together in the final quintet piece, Woven Brass. Quite exceptional, and one of the best and most arresting brass albums I've ever heard. The playing, each musician drawn from the Oslo-Filharmonien (Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra), is stellar. Production values are very high too. 2L’s fiendishly advanced recording process is outlined in the booklet. Which wouldn't matter if the results weren't intensely musical. Listen with closed eyes and you can visualize exactly where the players are sitting.

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Bjørn Morten Christophersen - Woven Brass (2017)

Christophersen

Oslo Philharmonic Brass

Digital Converters: Merging Technologies, Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Microphones: DPA
Producer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Engineer: Gjermund Skog
Recording location: Jar Church, Norway June 2017
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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The Wind Blows Where it Desires
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A Brass Chat
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Passing Scherzo
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Air
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Sliding March
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Circo Dodecafonico
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Balloon Music
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Sentimental Pebbles
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Theme without Variations
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Ohrwurmer Fantasie
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Octatonic Song
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Intersubject
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Chaconne
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Woven Brass Quintet
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