Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening
- Type CD
- Label Lawo Classics
- UPC 7090020181561
- Catalog number LWC 1134
- Release date 08 December 2017
About the album
THE WOMEN'S CHORAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OSLO: "COME RAIN"
MUSIC OF VALEN; NORDHEIM; HOVLAND; NYSTEDT AND KRUSE
The world’s oldest academic female choir has sought out choir music for women by five male Norwegian composers — compositions that challenge and expand conceptions of Norway’s cultural heritage.
There is here scarcely a trace of a mountain or fjord or traditional folk music, or of Grieg, Kjerulf and Nordraak. The gentlemen on this recording chose other routes to the concert hall, cathedral and the cultural canon. One of them had as strong a faith in his uncompromising counterpoint as in the Almighty Creator, while sitting alone between the mountains and fjords of Western Norway. Another was a central figure of European contemporary music and musical life in the capital city, but his work was dismissed as “Pling-Plong” by Norwegian cultural conservatism’s self-appointed generals.
Fartein Valen, Arne Nordheim, Egil Hovland, Knut Nystedt and Bjørn Kruse, each in his own way and with either the Bible or world poetry in his inside pocket, created sounds that convey a different history of Norwegian music. Placed in women’s voices, they provide the possibility of entering worlds of sound, words and lines that for many remain undiscovered, unanticipated and unprecedented.
11Motet for Female Choir, Op. 25 (1936): Kom regn fra det høie
12Two Motets for Female Choir, Op. 14 (1931) No. 1, Quomodo sedet sola civitas
13Two Motets for Female Choir, Op. 14 (1931) No. 2, Regina coeli laetare
14Music to Two Fragments by Shelley (1985) Silver Key
15Music to Two Fragments by Shelley (1985) No, Music
16Gloria Patri, Op. 137, No. 2 (1991)
17Se, dager kommer (1975)
110I am my brother?s keeper (1982)
112Music to hear, why hear?st thou music sadly? (2000)
113Renn over meg som regn (1993)