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Christiania Mannskor, Royal Norwegian Air Force Band

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Original Recording Format: DXD

The combination of band and male choir is perhaps not so common today, but it was rather widespread around 1900. In addition to the works on this album, Friedrich A. Reissiger and Ole Olsen composed for band and choir in Norway, and from abroad we know works for this combination by Anton Bruckner, Franz Liszt, Gustav Holst and Kurt Weill.

The repertoire consists in the main of music written for solemn occasions usually held outdoors. The choice of pure wind instrumentation in addition to the choir probably was due to both acoustic and meteorological considerations related to an outdoor performance. Moreover, we must not forget that military bands were Norway’s only professional full-time ensembles when these pieces were written and, then as now, were the obvious choice for making music on days of national celebration.

There are no earlier recordings of most of the pieces on this album, and it is uncertain whether or not some were ever performed again after being premiered. This makes it all the more satisfying to shed light on them now in the hope that they may once again find their way back into concert programmes.

Tracklist

1.
Hilsen til Nidaros
11:15
2.
Sørgemarsj over Richard Nordraak
06:58
3.
Landkjenning
05:17
4.
Kantate ved Afsløringen af Christies Monument i Bergen den 17de mai 1868
07:42
5.
Kroningsmarsj
07:06
6.
Kantate ved Afsløringen af Henrik Wergelands Statue den 17de mai 1881
11:45
7.
Sangernes Morgenhilsen
04:30
8.
Arnes Sang
08:09
9.
Kantate ved Militære Samfunds 100 Ars Jubilæum
09:00

Total time: 01:11:42

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Editing Software

Pyramix

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Digital Converters

Horus

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Mastering Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Producer

Vegard Landaas

Recording Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Recording location

LADEMOEN CHURCH, TRONDHEIM, Norway

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD256

SKU

LWC1121

Release Date September 9, 2017
SKU LWC1121

Press reviews

MusicWeb International

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Having now heard a couple of Lawo releases – in both DSD and DXD – I sense a very distinct ‘house sound’, and, as those Nidaros remarks suggest, it won’t please everyone. Certainly, those who like a bit more brass to their bands will find 2L and other labels more to their liking. Any other caveats? Translations of the sung texts would have been useful, although I do accept the words here may not be of primary importance here. Also, the booklet design is a bit fussy, but the upside is that Mikal Engen’s exhaustive notes have a lot of the fascinating ‘back story’ behind these pieces.

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