The Nordic Sound (2019)

Nystedt, Sandvold, Britten, Ives, Haydn, Schoenberg, Vivaldi, Bartók, Carter, Slattetrall, Plagge, Gjeilo, Islandsmoen, Traditional, Am, Nordheim, Mozart

Ensemble 96, Kare Nordstoga, TrondheimSolistene, Kristiansand Blaseensemble, Engegardkvartetten, Tor Espen Aspaas, Tone Wik, Annar Folleso, Johannes Martens, Berit Opheim Versto, Stig Nilsson, Ola Gjeilo, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Consortium Vocale, Ellen Sejersted Bodtker, Cikada Duo, Dena Piano Duo, Marianne Thorsen

The Nordic Sound is a collection of 19 tracks from the 2L catalog. They include the label's early PCM recordings as well as their later DXD recordings.  The album is available at the NativeDSD Music store in Stereo and Multichannel DSD and DXD. This best-selling 2L Sampler includes 9 selections (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15 and 17) that were recorded in DXD. The 10 remaining tracks were recorded in lower PCM resolutions, which have been upsampled to DXD by 2L (more information in the album booklet).

NativeDSD is making this album available to our customers as an introduction to the 2L catalog. Even though some of the earliest released 2L tracks are PCM sourced and would not usually be eligible for a release at NativeDSD, we publish anthologies like these from time to time for the labels that made the switch to DSD, with complete provenance information and explanation. 2L adopted the new recording technologies as they came available. This is a wonderful collection of 2L catalog highlights that we trust you will enjoy.

2L says "From combined musical and audiophile criteria we have compiled a collection of the most excellent and impressive recordings 2L (Lindberg Lyd) have to offer. 9 of the tracks originate from DXD (352.8kHz/24bit), presented now in DSD and DXD Stereo and Multichannel.

Two of the albums represented in this compilation have been Grammy Award nominated for the "Best Surround Sound Album". Discover what the unique 2L Nordic Sound is all about with this album."


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Ensemble 96

The chamber choir Ensemble 96 is a group of 24 highly qualified singers and has won recognition both at home and abroad through its concerts, its performances of contemporary music – many of them premieres – and not least its prize-winning recordings. Both Immortal Nystedt (2L-029, 2005) and Kind (2L-076, 2010) were GRAMMYnominated in the categories Best Choral Performance and Best Surround Sound Album.

Immortal Nystedt was also selected by the newspaper Morgenbladet in 2011 as one of Norway’s 100 best albums through history. Ensemble 96 resolutely aspires to maintain a distinct profile as an ensemble that focuses on contemporary music. New music by Norwegian composers has long been one of the choir’s hallmarks, and the ensemble regularly commissions and performs new compositions. The choir has also given the first performances in Norway of works by foreign composers. In addition, the choir has collaborated with visual artists, performance artists, actors and dancers in exploring and extending the boundaries of the concert experience.

photo: from booklet 2L140

TrondheimSolistene

The Trondheim Soloists (Trondheimsolistene) from Norway is one of the most exciting young ensembles performing on the international stage.

February 2011. A group of classical musicians from Norway is back at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, sharing the red carpet with the greatest names in musical entertainment. They’re not from a powerhouse orchestra in Oslo or Bergen, but from a picturesque town hemmed in by mountains and a fjord. They’re the Trondheim Soloists, accepting their fifth Grammy nomination in three years.

It’s the latest in a long list of accolades. The ensemble’s spirit, diligence and innovation are paying off again – this pure, lithe, unpredictable and idiosyncratic group fast building a reputation for quality and originality.

It started in 1988. The ensemble for training young string players soon became known for its energy and warmth. On its first foreign tour, London audiences wouldn’t stop clapping. The Trondheim Soloists turned professional, but the spirit of apprenticeship stayed: student musicians became part of its constitution.

Major collaborations followed. Anne-Sophie Mutter sought-out the ensemble’s energy and verve. Leif Ove Andsnes tapped into its smoothness and sensitivity. Folk and rock artists discovered its versatility and openness.

Trondheim, though, always shines through. They call it ‘the city with a heart’. And that’s precisely what you hear in the unmistakable Trondheim sound.

photo: norway.no

Marianne Thorsen

Marianne Thorsen began playing the violin at the age of four at the municipal music school in Trondheim, where Bjarne Fiskum was her principal teacher. She studied with Felicity Lipman in London and later with György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1994 she graduated from the Royal Academy with a DipRAM. In 1998 Marianne was nominated Young Soloist of the Year by the Norwegian concert institution Rikskonsertene. She won the Carl F. Flesch Outstanding Merit Prize in 1992, the Emily English Award 1995 and the Concours Internationale de Violon de Sion-Valais 2003. Marianne has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Prague Philharmonia and the Oslo Philharmonic.

Marianne Thorsen is also a founding member of the Leopold String Trio. The trio has become one of Europe's leading chamber music ensembles and have given concerts at Carnegie Hall, Musikverein and the Concertgebouw. In 2000 she was appointed leader of the Nash Ensemble of London. Marianne is professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Department of Music at NTNU in Trondheim. On this recording she plays a Pressenda violin made in Turin in 1841.

photo: from booklet 2L038

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The Nordic Sound (2019)

Nystedt, Sandvold, Britten, Ives, Haydn, Schoenberg, Vivaldi, Bartók, Carter, Slattetrall, Plagge, Gjeilo, Islandsmoen, Traditional, Am, Nordheim, Mozart

Ensemble 96, Kare Nordstoga, TrondheimSolistene, Kristiansand Blaseensemble, Engegardkvartetten, Tor Espen Aspaas, Tone Wik, Annar Folleso, Johannes Martens, Berit Opheim Versto, Stig Nilsson, Ola Gjeilo, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Consortium Vocale, Ellen Sejersted Bodtker, Cikada Duo, Dena Piano Duo, Marianne Thorsen

    Soundstage -

The Nordic Sound from 2L is one of the best samplers ever. It has 19 tracks from the remarkable 2L catalog, and each varies greatly in character and sound design. Each track's only common element is that its sound seems absolutely perfect for the music it conveys. There’s a cut here from the Mozart violin concerto disc that first attracted many to the label, as well as an excerpt from Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony from the Trondheim soloists. The rest range from the percussion cacophony of Nordheim’s Colorazione (the deep bass drum and the crashing cymbal will give your entire audio system a workout), to the ethereal serenity of Gregorian chant. 2L consistently produces audiophile recordings that are at the top of the heap in both music and sound. Like Pixar with animated film, 2L seems unable to do wrong.

Rad Bennett

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2L's sampler The Nordic Sound includes 19 musical selections taken from their growing, broad selection of recordings ranging from Mozart and Vivaldi to Schoenberg and Carter and beyond. The goal, presumably, is to make an argument for the superiority surround sound not just for movies, but for music as well. There can be little question that the surround options offer a far more pleasing listening experience; the level of detail and realism offered in these formats vastly exceeds the stereo tracks.

Mike D. Brownell [read full review]

The Nordic Sound (2019)

Nystedt, Sandvold, Britten, Ives, Haydn, Schoenberg, Vivaldi, Bartók, Carter, Slattetrall, Plagge, Gjeilo, Islandsmoen, Traditional, Am, Nordheim, Mozart

Ensemble 96, Kare Nordstoga, TrondheimSolistene, Kristiansand Blaseensemble, Engegardkvartetten, Tor Espen Aspaas, Tone Wik, Annar Folleso, Johannes Martens, Berit Opheim Versto, Stig Nilsson, Ola Gjeilo, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Consortium Vocale, Ellen Sejersted Bodtker, Cikada Duo, Dena Piano Duo, Marianne Thorsen

Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Mastering Room: Lindberg Lyd, Oslo, Norway
Microphone Preamps: Millennia Music
Microphones: DPA Microphones
Producer: Morten Lindberg, Wolfgang Plagge and Jørn Simenstad
Recording Engineer: Morten Lindberg and Hans Peter L’Orange
Recording Location: Recorded in Norway 2004-2008 by Lindberg Lyd AS
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD, PCM

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Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 4 In D Major Kv 218 - Allegro
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Mozart - Sonate In D-Dur Fur Zwei Klaviere Kv 448 - Allegro Con Spirito
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Nordheim - Colorazione - Excerpt
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Am - Vere Meininga - Excerpt
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Gregorian Chant - Crux Fidelis
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Islandsmoen - Requiem - Lacrymosa
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Gjeilo - North Country II
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Plagge - Duels For 2 Violins
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Carter - Sonata For Violoncello And Piano - Moderato
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Bartok - Sonata For Solo Violin - Fuga
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Vivaldi - Recitative And Aria From Cantata Rv 679, Che Giova Il Sospirar, Povero Core
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Schoenberg - Sechs Kleine Klavierstucke Op. 19 - 1 And 2 Excerpt
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Haydn - String Quartet In D, Op. 76, No. 5 - Finale - Presto
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Ives - Overture and March 1776
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Britten - Simple Symphony, Op 4 - Boisterous Bourree
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Sandvold - Orgelimprovisata Over Deilig Er Jorden
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