Sa kort ein sommar menneska har (So Short Is The Summer We All Have)

Marianne Beate Kielland, Nils Anders Mortensen

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Anders Mortensen on So Short Is The Summer. The album from Lawo Classics features 22 songs composed by Gisle Kverndokk. Lawo Classics says “The album of new songs and new romances are living proof that the Norwegian romance tradition is a living art form.”

Composer Gisle Kverndokk tells us: “Melody is something I have been passionate about throughout my career as a composer. Crafting a melody that is captivating yet simultaneously original and unpredictable. What, exactly, makes a melody “good”? I’ve been looking into this for years. From studying Palestrina’s strict rules, all the way to studying the American songwriters who created the great “Evergreens” catalog. Writing for the voice is of great interest to me – especially musical drama. Throughout my years as a composer, I’ve composed songs. Everything from opera arias to simple songs. This album unites several of the genres I’ve worked on. The songs are based on opera, musicals, theatre, folk song programs and poetry evenings. What unites them is my love for poetry. And on this album, you will make the acquaintance of some of the poets I admire the most.

Summer is the main theme you’ll sense here. The bright summer. The light that gives life, but which eventually turns into darkness – the summer that passes into autumn. The cycle of life and nature. Liv Holtskog’s poem ‘So short is the summer we all have’ tells us that everything is perishable. Summer is short. Life is short.

But as Ruth Maier writes: “The days get brighter when you’re in love with someone.” Shakespeare writes “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”, while in sonnet 33 he describes how the sun is darkened by clouds when his beloved deceives him. In his poem “Don’t Ask For Love.” Wildenvey writes: “After a spring and a summer, autumn crushes it all – heavy, hard, and cold.”

I’ve been really looking forward to this album. It is a gift for a composer to have his songs performed by such wonderful artists as Marianne Beate Kielland and Nils Anders Mortensen. I am grateful, proud, and happy!”

Marianne Beate Kielland – Mezzo-Soprano
Nils Anders Mortensen – Piano

Tracklist

1.
Sa kort ein sommar menneska har
05:27
2.
Likevel er du her
02:00
3.
Spor ikke om kjaerlighet
01:48
4.
Ruth Maier in Memoriam - I. Impresjonistisk bilde
01:39
5.
Ruth Maier in Memoriam - II. Varnatt
01:43
6.
Ruth Maier in Memoriam - III. Til en venninne
02:25
7.
Ruth Maier in Memoriam - IV. Dagene blir lysere
02:59
8.
Ruth Maier in Memoriam - V. Tingene kommer meg naermere na
03:09
9.
Ruth Maier in Memoriam - VI. Ordene
03:44
10.
Ruth Maier in Memoriam - VII. Ingenting er
01:54
11.
Bare dragen er fri
03:03
12.
Vise
02:21
13.
Song
01:35
14.
Shakespeare - Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day
02:18
15.
Shakespeare - Sonnet 3 - Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest
00:54
16.
Shakespeare - Sonnet 9 - Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye
02:04
17.
Shakespeare - Sonnet 128 - How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st
01:23
18.
Shakespeare - Sonnet 129 - The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
02:05
19.
Shakespeare - Sonnet 23 - As an unperfect actor on the stage
02:41
20.
Shakespeare - Sonnet 33 - Full many a glorious morning have I seen
02:20
21.
Shakespeare - Sonnet 144 - Two loves I have of comfort and despair
02:23
22.
Ave Verum
04:48

Total time: 00:54:43

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LWC1220

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Funding

This recording has been made possible with support from Arts Council Norway – The Audio and Visual Fund

Mastering Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Original Recording Format

Piano Technician

Thron Irby

Producer

Vegard Landaas

Recording Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Recording Location

Recorded at Sofienberg Church in Oslo, Norway on June 11, 2019

Release DateMay 21, 2021

1 review for Sa kort ein sommar menneska har (So Short Is The Summer We All Have)

    Superb music. Marianne Beate Kielland sings throughout the recording. Sublime accompaniment from Nils Anders Mortensen. The best album So far.

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