Collegiûm Mûsicûm Choir and Orchestra

Høgsongen / Ars vivendi

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Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020181622
Catnr: LWC 1140
Release date: 08 December 2017
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Lawo Classics
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7090020181622
Catalogue number
LWC 1140
Release date
08 December 2017

"The two Norwegian works for choir, orchestra and two soloists on this disc are moderately modern. The performances are very sympathetic."

Pizzicato, 10-2-2018
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ARS VIVENDI (2014)
FOR CHOIR, VIBRAPHONE AND STRING ORCHESTRA
TORSTEIN AAGAARD-NILSEN
POEMS: GEORG JOHANNESEN
The work was commissioned by Collegiûm Mûsicûm

The composer about the work:
"In 1999, Norwegian poet Georg Johannesen wrote the collection of poems Ars Vivendi - eller de syv levemåter (eng: Ars Vivendi - or the seven virtues of life). The structure of this collection is organised into weeks, one week for each of the seven virtues. I have chosen one weekday to correspond to each of the virtues, a total of seven poems which became seven movements. This work is dedicated to my wife, Hege."


HØGSONGEN (2009)
FOR TWO SOLOISTS, CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA
KNUT VAAGE
TEXT: FROM SONG OF SONGS.
The work was commissioned by Collegiûm Mûsicûm

The composer about the work:
"A few years ago I was pleased to have a new piece of work commissioned for Collegiûm Mûsicûm. From the outset it was clear that I would use the text from Solomon's Song of Songs, especially in light of the fact that I had the opportunity to realise a major work using the church as the performing arena. Hence the title Høgsongen (eng. Song of Songs), a piece written for choir and orchestra with soprano and baritone soloists.

A considerable amount of time was spent editing the text before composing began. The entirety of Solomon's text would have been far too long to fit within the framework of the piece, so I chose some excerpts while adhering to the dramaturgical sequence of the text and endeavouring to be faithful to the essence and character of the text.

I interpret the central message of Solomon's Song of Songs as a coherent, extravagant celebration of love. The text is such a poetic force that it posed a challenge to set it to music with a comparable level of intensity. This feeling of humility initially prevented me from getting started with the composition, but a residency at the Circolo Scandinavo in Rome in the autumn of 2008 set the wheels in motion. The plethora of sublime churches in Rome provided a magnificent setting for the writing process and on most days I managed to find some time in them for some quiet reflection.

The fundamental component of the work is a type of new-impressionism based on mosaiclike form elements which are repeated throughout. Recognisable moods in the text were placed into this mosaic with single musical statements repeated and then varied, emphasising the work's form. The piece owes its extravagance and any sense of inventiveness to Solomon’s original writings, with the performers further enhancing this mood.

My attitude has therefore been to let the text unfold and allow it to draw us in to this homage to love. This is how I have approached this biblical text, which holds a special position in world literature, and which I believe has not received anywhere near the attention it deserves."
Der Komponist über das Werk:
"1999 schrieb der norwegische Dichter Georg Johannesen die Gedichtsammlung Ars Vivendi - eller de syv levemåter (dt.: Ars Vivendi - oder die sieben Tugenden des Lebens). Die Struktur dieser Sammlung ist in Wochen organisiert, eine Woche für jede der sieben Tugenden. Ich habe einen Wochentag gewählt, um jeder der Tugenden zu entsprechen, insgesamt sieben Gedichte, die zu sieben Sätzen wurden. Dieses Werk ist meiner Frau Hege gewidmet."
FÜR CHOR, VIBRAPHON UND STREICHORCHESTER
TORSTEIN AAGAARD-NILSEN
GEDICHTE: GEORG JOHANNESEN
Die Arbeit wurde vom Collegiûm Mûsicûm in Auftrag gegeben

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Collegiûm Mûsicûm Choir and Orchestra

Collegiûm Mûsicûm was founded in 1978 by Professor Jan Christensen. The aim was to establish a musical organisation where amateurs and professionals can play together purely for mutual inspiration and pleasure. Collegiûm Mûsicûm consists of approximately 100 musicians and singers. The members of the orchestra are professionals and amateurs with professional leaders, while all choir members are amateurs with a professional conductor. At the concerts, Collegiûm Mûsicûm often uses young soloists on the verge of a professional career as well as younger Norwegian conductors. Several concerts in recent years have been held in conjunction with other key cultural organisations. Previous and current partners include the Bergen International Festival, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hardingtonar Festival, and the contemporary music festival Borealis.
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Collegiûm Mûsicûm was founded in 1978 by Professor Jan Christensen. The aim was to establish a musical organisation where amateurs and professionals can play together purely for mutual inspiration and pleasure.
Collegiûm Mûsicûm consists of approximately 100 musicians and singers. The members of the orchestra are professionals and amateurs with professional leaders, while all choir members are amateurs with a professional conductor. At the concerts, Collegiûm Mûsicûm often uses young soloists on the verge of a professional career as well as younger Norwegian conductors.
Several concerts in recent years have been held in conjunction with other key cultural organisations. Previous and current partners include the Bergen International Festival, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hardingtonar Festival, and the contemporary music festival Borealis.

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Knut Vaage

Knut Vaage (b. 1961) lives in Bergen, Norway, where he works as a composer. He graduated as a pianist and composer from the Grieg Academy in Bergen and has worked with various styles of music, focusing mainly on improvised and contemporary music. Many of Vaage's projects have explored the boundaries between improvisation and composition. The development of an acoustic/electronic hybrid soundscape is another significant aspect of his music. Vaage’s musical output ranges from symphonic works to opera and solo pieces. His compositions are frequently performed at concerts and festivals both in Norway and abroad, among them Bergen International Festival, Ultima, Borealis, Ilios, Grec Festival (Barcelona), Prague Spring Festival, Nordic Music Days in Stockholm and Reykjavik, the ECCO festival (The European Contemporary...
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Knut Vaage (b. 1961) lives in Bergen, Norway, where he works as a composer. He graduated as a pianist and composer from the Grieg Academy in Bergen and has worked with various styles of music, focusing mainly on improvised and contemporary music.
Many of Vaage's projects have explored the boundaries between improvisation and composition. The development of an acoustic/electronic hybrid soundscape is another significant aspect of his music. Vaage’s musical output ranges from symphonic works to opera and solo pieces. His compositions are frequently performed at concerts and festivals both in Norway and abroad, among them Bergen International Festival, Ultima, Borealis, Ilios, Grec Festival (Barcelona), Prague Spring Festival, Nordic Music Days in Stockholm and Reykjavik, the ECCO festival (The European Contemporary Composers Orchestra), and in Carnegie Hall. His operas have been staged at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Ultima, DNS in Bergen and NOSO in Tromsø, and abroad at Pfalztheater, Stadttheater Giessen, Theatre National Luxembourg (TNL) and at the Armel Opera Festival in Hungary.

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The two Norwegian works for choir, orchestra and two soloists on this disc are moderately modern. The performances are very sympathetic.
Pizzicato, 10-2-2018

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