Something New, the recent release by Christiania Mannskor, is nothing less than history’s first recording of new Norwegian music for male choir. The works on the album were written over the last 40 years and reflect the desire of Christiania Mannskor to renew the male choir repertoire and make it more easily accessible for more singers, both in Oslo and throughout the country.
The recording presents music spanning a broad range. From melodious Gregorian-inspired hymns via innovative choir sounds based on the best of the Norwegian choral tradition to a more modern, instrumental means of expression. The album features works of Norwegian composers Jon Mostad, Bjørn Kruse, Henrik Ødegaard, Kjell Habbestad, Wolfgang Plagge, Knut Nystedt, Carl-Andreas Næss, and Kjell Mørk, with texts by William Shakespeare, Rolf Jacobsen, and Henrik Ibsen among others