Stale Kleiberg: Do You Believe in Heather? (2019)

Stale Kleiberg

Stale Kleiberg

Ståle Kleiberg is often called a “modern romantic”, and for good reason. We encounter a distinctive and highly individual alloy of modern and romantic elements in his music, whether it is characterized by a still, meditative lyricism or an energizing vitality. His String Quartet no. 3 encompasses this entire range of expression. The music speaks of summer. It is imbued with joie de vivre, and was composed with a full command of the genre and with considerable virtuosity. The flute-viola-harp ensemble is less common, but by no means unknown. Following Debussy’s Sonata, several trios have been composed for this ensemble, and Kleiberg’s Trio Luna is a fine and most welcome addition.

The work’s three movements capture the mood of three dissimilar outer and inner landscapes, all of them bathed in moonlight, albeit at different times of day and night. The Light Smith is also a trio; it is a song cycle for mezzo-soprano, clarinet and piano, and is chamber music on a very high level of inspiration. Both The Light Smith and Do You Believe in Heather? are settings of poetry by the distinguished Norwegian poet Helge Torvund. These poems engage with such archetypal themes as light, quietude, love, death and nature, but they treat these themes as real, everyday experiences, rather than abstract concepts. While the theme of The Light Smith centres on the beginnings, growth and culmination of life, it is autumn and winter we meet in Do You Believe in Heather?

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Stale Kleiberg

Ståle Kleiberg is a major Norwegian composer with a considerable international reputation. His music is widely performed in Norway and abroad, and is mostly commissioned by outstanding orchestras, ensembles and performers. His music is well represented on CDs, and several of these have received outstanding international reviews. Kleiberg’s music is characterised by a highly distinctive form of extended tonality and by meticulous attention to coloristic details. This is especially the case in his orchestral works, including his first symphony, The Bell Reef, and his Violin Concerto, issued on the 2L album Treble and Bass: Concertos by Ståle Kleiberg with Marianne Thorsen as the violin soloist. — 10 — — 11 — Kleiberg’s large-scale works in oratorio and opera format constitute an important part of his output. These works were all originally composed for Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, and after their premières, they have all been widely disseminated. His latest work, Mass for Modern Man, was recently premièred in Nidaros Cathedral, and will have its German premiere in the Münchner Dom in November 2015. His opera-oratorio David and Bathsheba was also highly acclaimed after its première in Nidaros Cathedral in 2008, and it has subsequently been performed in several countries. 2L’s recording of the work was nominated for an American Grammy in the category Best Opera Recording. Kleiberg’s Requiem – for the victims of Nazi persecution is one of his most frequently performed works. In addition to the Latin Mass, it includes specially commissioned texts by the Scottish poet and playwright Edwin Morgan. The work was performed in Washington National Cathedral on 11 September 2004 (Memorial Day for the terrorist attacks on Manhattan and Washington DC), and it was subsequently broadcast nationally in the US, recorded on CD with Washington National Cathedral’s choir and chamber orchestra. It has since been given many international performances. The Requiem is the principal work in a trilogy of compositions dealing with the same subject matter: the others are the orchestral work Lamento: Cissi Klein in memoriam and the cello concerto Dopo. The latter was premièred by Øyvind Gimse and the Trondheim Soloists, who also recorded it and brought it to the world on some of their tours. The works on this album represent a lesser-known, but no less valuable, part of Kleiberg’s output. His innovatory approach, formal command and technical mastery are especially apparent in his extensive chamber music oeuvre, and it is gratifying to be able to present a selection of these works here. Alongside his comprehensive work as an artist, Kleiberg is also an esteemed teacher, a Professor of Music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

photo: from booklet 2L115

Marianne Beate Kielland

Marianne Beate Kielland has established herself as one of the foremost singers of Scandinavia, and is one of the few Norwegian singers to have received a Grammy nomination. The versatile mezzo soprano started her international career as an ensemble member of Staatsoper Hannover. Since then she has been working frequently with leading orchestras and ensembles and enjoying a vast concert repertoire spanning from early 17th century works through to Classical, Romantic and the contemporary eras.

Recent season highlights include Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the 18th Century Orchestra on tour to the Netherlands, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Bergen Philharmonic, Messiah with Malmö Symphony, Bach's St John Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, St Matthew Passion with BBC Philharmonic, and Haydn Seven Last Words with L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève. Her recent symphonic and oratorio appearances include Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie and Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Mass in B minor with Gothenburg Symphony, Gli Angeli Genève and Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Christmas Oratorio with Tonkünstler Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach Cantatas with Bachstiftung St. Gallen, Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres with The King's Consort, Handel's Messiah with Musica Vitae, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Haydn's Arianna a Naxos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Anima Eterna, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and at the Sydney Opera House, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Das Lied von der Erde with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Songs of a Wayfarer with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Berio's Folksongs with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

She has also appeared with other major orchestras and ensembles including Wiener Symphoniker, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Royal Flemish Orchestra, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, Europa Galante, Les Talens Lyriques, RIAS Kammerchor, Anima Eterna, Le Concert des Nations, Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan; and has worked with such distinguished conductors as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Harry Christophers, Thomas Dausgaard, John Fiore, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, René Jacobs, Nicholas Kraemer, Andrew Manze, Marc Minkowski, Vasily Petrenko, Daniel Reuss, André de Ridder, Helmut Rilling, Christophe Rousset, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Thomas Søndergård and Robin Ticciati.

Ms. Kielland has made more than 40 recordings of oratorios, operas, cantatas and songs by Mahler, Bach, Händel, Vivaldi, Caldara, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Martin, Chausson, Korngold, von Suppé, Schoenberg, Webern, Berg and Sigurd Islandsmoen. In 2012 she was nominated to a GRAMMY Award in the category Best Classical Vocal Solo for the album Veslemøy Synsk, which features works by composers Edvard Grieg and Olav Anton Thommesen. She performs regularly with pianist Nils Anders Mortensen and the duo has appeared across Europe.

She has 7 DSD albums at the NativeDSD Music store.  This includes recordings from 2L and LAWO Classics.

 

    

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Stale Kleiberg: Do You Believe in Heather? (2019)

Stale Kleiberg

Stale Kleiberg

Digital Converters: HORUS, Merging Technologies
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Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
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Producer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Recording location: Sofienberg Church, Norway August 2018
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String Quartet No. 3 - I. Scherzando
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String Quartet No. 3 - II. Rubato e espressivo
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String Quartet No. 3 - III. Animato
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Trur du pa lyng (Do You Believe in Heather) - I. Fruktbar stille
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Trur du pa lyng (Do You Believe in Heather) - II. Mor
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Trur du pa lyng (Do You Believe in Heather) - III. Kj?rleik og liding
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Trur du pa lyng (Do You Believe in Heather) - IV. Livnar til
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Trio Luna - I. Luna serale
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Trio Luna - II. Luna notturna
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Trio Luna - III. Luna mattutina
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Lyssmeden (The Light Smith) - I. Eg foddes pa ei slette
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Lyssmeden (The Light Smith) - II. Me skal elska
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Lyssmeden (The Light Smith) - III. Mitt ansvar
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Lyssmeden (The Light Smith) - IV. Kom ut
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Lyssmeden (The Light Smith) - V. Om du ligg heilt stille
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