Trachea (2019)

Froy Aagre, Karin Rehnqvist, Bjorn Morten Christophersen, Stale Kleiberg, Martin Odegaard, Bjorn Kare Odde

Schola Cantorum

Trachea, the windpipe. A source of transformation where the breath of a human being can be refined into the most beautiful, powerful, tender art. The voice is humankind’s primeval instrument, plumbing the greatest depths of our emotional register.

"I love the choir – this instrument which is so unpredictable, so personal. Each member sings with his or her own voice, communicating their own personal story, and my objective is to collect it all, unify and purify it, and hopefully make the Eros, the profound and inherent love, shine brightly by way of the instrument. Whether the music is complex or simple, the objective remains equal: to cultivate an energy and a timbre which merge with the composition, elevating it to something larger than the sum of all its individual elements. It is during this encounter, where each individual forms part of something larger than themselves, that musical magic arises. This is what I seek. Those moments when the eyes of both the performers and our audience glow. This is the moment I know that we have succeeded."

- Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl, conductor

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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

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Trachea (2019)

Froy Aagre, Karin Rehnqvist, Bjorn Morten Christophersen, Stale Kleiberg, Martin Odegaard, Bjorn Kare Odde

Schola Cantorum

Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Financial Support: Furestiftelsen, Norsk kulturråd, Norsk komponistforening, Universitetet i Oslo, Norges Korforbundet, Ung i Kor
Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Microphones: DPA Microphones
Power Line Conditioner: JMF Audio PCD302
Producer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Location: Uranienborg Church, Oslo, Norway in 2014-2018
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Technician: Beatrice Johannessen
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Snilla Patea
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Trachea
Martin Odegaard
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Alt i universet
Stale Kleiberg
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Oak and Mayfly
Bjorn Morten Christophersen
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When I close my eyes I dream of peace - I. Just in English
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When I close my eyes I dream of peace - II. In twelve tongues
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Gloria
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