Sounds from the Deep Forests (Klangen Fra de Dype Skoger) is musician Bente Illevold’s idea of expressing her own life, rooted in tradition, identity, and artistic innovation. On this recording, composers Rune Rebne, Ludvig Elblaus, and Bjørn Kruse have been challenged to channel Østerdalen’s natural beauty, musical traditions, and its inhabitants seemingly mellow and measured character traits, through new compositions for euphonium.
From the vast mountain ranges of Røros in the North to Mjøsen’s flat farmland in the South, extends a mighty mountain-driven current from Norway’s largest river, the Glommen. This is Østerdalen. J.B. Bull (1916)
Bente Illevold (b. 1983) comes from Rendalen in Østerdalen and plays the euphonium. She is passionate about expanding the euphonium repertoire and allowing the instrument to unfold in new constellations and contexts. Over the past few years, she has left her mark as an innovative performer and has gained recognition for her performances of several new works for the instrument, both at home and abroad.
Anders Kregnes Hansen (b. 1983) is a percussionist with a strong focus on contemporary music, performance, and innovative genres. He excels both as a chamber musician and soloist. Hansen is a versatile musician who regularly works with most of the professional orchestras in Norway, as well as in the contemporary ensembles Aksiom and Oslo Sinfonietta.