Portraying Passion (2018)

Charles Ives, Marcus Paus, Kurt Weill

Tora Augestad, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Joshua Weilerstein, Christian Eggen

On the morning of 21 March 1933, the composer Kurt Weill received a telephone call at the home of his stage designer Casper Neher, whom he was visiting with his wife, the actor-singer Lotte Lenya. A friend working at a local police station notified him that the SS were on their way to apprehend him at his apartment, charging him with “Jewish cultural bolshevism” and of being a “degenerate artist.”

Quickly, Weill gathered what he could into a small suitcase from his apartment before joining Lenya in Neher’s car, where together with Neher’s wife Erika they quickly made their escape towards the French border. On arriving, Lenya departed by train to Vienna, as she and Weill were in the middle of divorce proceedings (finalized on 18 September). Weill and the Nehers arrived in Paris safely on 23 March. It would become his home for the next two years, where he would compose some of his most memorable works. 

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Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

On 27 September 1919, a new orchestra took to the stage of the old Logan Hall in Oslo to give its first public concert. Conductor Georg Schnéevoigt presided over thrilling performances of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Christian Sinding’s First Symphony. After forty years of making-do, the Norwegian capital had at last got the orchestra it deserved. The Oslo Philharmonic was born. 

In the eight months that followed, the Oslo Philharmonic gave 135 concerts, most of which sold out. It tackled passionate Mahler, glistening Debussy and thrusting Nielsen. Soon, world famous musicians were coming to conduct it, relishing its youth and enthusiasm. Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel visited Oslo to coach the musicians through brand new music. National broadcaster NRK began to hang microphones at the orchestra’s concerts, transmitting them to the whole of Norway. 

 

Over the next half-century, the Oslo Philharmonic’s reputation grew steadily. Then, in 1979, it changed forever. A young Latvian arrived in Norway, taking the orchestra apart section-by-section, putting it back together a finely tuned machine with a whole new attitude. Under Mariss Jansons, the orchestra became a rival to the great Philharmonics of Vienna, Berlin and New York. It was soon playing everywhere, from Seattle to Salzburg, Lisbon to London. Back home in Oslo, it got a modern, permanent concert hall of its own. In 1986, EMI drew up the largest orchestral contract in its history, ensuring the world would hear the rich, visceral sound of the Oslo Philharmonic. 

 

 

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Portraying Passion (2018)

Charles Ives, Marcus Paus, Kurt Weill

Tora Augestad, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Producer: Vegard Landaas
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Recording location: Oslo Concert Hall, May 4-5 and May 22-24, 2017
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Die sieben Todsnden - Prolog. Andante sostenuto
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Die sieben Todsnden - Faulheit. Allegro vivace
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Die sieben Todsnden - Stolz. Allegretto, quasi Andantino
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Die sieben Todsnden - Zorn. Molto agitato
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Die sieben Todsnden - Vllerei. Largo
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Die sieben Todsnden - Unzucht. Moderato
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Die sieben Todsnden - Habsucht. Allegro guisto
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Die sieben Todsnden - Neid. Allegro non troppo
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Die sieben Todsnden - Epilog. Andante sostenuto
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Hate Songs - Cadenza I
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Hate Songs - I. Men
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Hate Songs - Cadenza II
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Hate Songs - II. Incurable
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Hate Songs - Cadenza III
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Hate Songs - III. Frustration
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Five Songs - Thoreau
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Five Songs - At the River
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Five Songs - Serenity
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Five Songs - Down East
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Five Songs - Cradle Song
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The Unanswered Question - Late Version
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