Composer Ørjan Matre has worked with Oslo Chamber Choir for over a decade. For Veneliti he has been able to profit from the choir’s strong traditions in folk music in his sonic interpretations of Norwegian folk songs – fervent hymns, mystical legends and bittersweet love songs. By returning to the songs’ sources and how they have traditionally been sung, Matre has preserved their core identity, giving it new life and meaning in his sonic world. Recorded here in immersive audio, you, the listener, take part in this world as if you were sitting in the choir yourself.
Ørjan Matre (born 1979) has studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music. While his compositions range from works for solo performers to works for chamber ensemble and choir, many of them are for large ensembles or full orchestras. Since 2008 he has composed many works that emanate from folk music for Oslo Chamber Choir.
Håkon Daniel Nystedt (born 1980) has studied conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. He regularly conducts Scandinavian orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. He also conducts opera, professional bands and choirs.
Oslo Chamber Choir was founded by Grete Pedersen in 1984 and has become one of Norway’s leading choirs. Håkon Daniel Nystedt took over as conductor and artistic leader in 2005. The choir has sung folk music for over 30 years and has collaborated with several of Norway’s most prominent folk musicians, among them Sondre Bratland, Kirsten Bråten Berg and Unni Løvlid.