Ophelias – Death by Water Singing

Henrik Hellstenius

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Original Recording Format: DXD

With this work, librettist Cecilie Løveid has taken the Danish myth of Hamlet and the Shakespeare play of the same name and virtually removed most of the men. She has also done away with many of the words. Shakespeare’s deep and strongly expressive brooder has become a rather stuttering figure, with a fragility that is underscored in the music. Hamlet is in a borderline state, perhaps between adolescence and adulthood, perhaps between the parts of his consciousness.

Composer Henrik Hellstenius provides Hamlet with a wide scope of vocal articulation. The Prince’s voice traverses the full range, with rapid shifts from child-like melodies through to recitatives and booming, resonant timbres. This also renders him unstable. With Hamlet’s words fewer and his vocal register broader, it reduces and it complicates the character even further. Such a connection between words and sounds can be seen as an extension of both forms of expression, neither emphasizing nor confirming each other.

Tracklist

1.
Intro
00:19
2.
Scene 1 - Let's be hopeless
03:46
3.
Scene 2 - Already a river
04:49
4.
Scene 3 - Hi, Ophelia
06:49
5.
Scene 4 - I am a mouse
04:50
6.
Scene 5 - Rainbows
02:50
7.
Scene 6 - The drip of blood
04:43
8.
Scene 7 - On a windy day
06:05
9.
Scene 8 - The Black Prince is back
09:21
10.
Scene 9 - I tremble and listen
11:37
11.
Scene10 - Where are you
02:23
12.
Scene 11 - Murder and waiting
08:49
13.
Scene 12 - To get bigger eyes
04:39
14.
Scene 13 - I'm a little happy
06:33

Total time: 01:17:33

Additional information

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LWC1098

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Mastering Engineer

Thomas Wolden

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Original Recording Format

Producer

Vergard Landaas

Recording Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Recording location

Norwegian Opera and Ballet

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date September 23, 2016

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