About the album
Today one finds female choirs in almost every nook and cranny of Norway. The time when Norwegian choral singing was dominated by male choirs can seem like the distant past. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, only eleven years after women were admitted for the first time ever as students to the university, three medical students joined forces and founded a university choir for women. The year was 1895. The Women’s Choral Society of the University of Oslo (Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening — KSS) was a reality. It was in fact the world’s first academic choir for women, and has recently been ranked as the world’s best female choir by the music organisation Interkultur.
The collection of arrangements and compositions on this album bears the imprint of both National Romanticism and traditional Norwegian folk music. At the same time, it perhaps contains a greater variation of sources and styles than is typical for National Romantic male choir music. In the course of its long existence, KSS has in many ways created its own version of the tradition-bound, nation-affirming music. And it is this distinctive interpretation of the National Romantic element that represents much of what is unique about KSS. This release, "Som den gylne sol frembryter", seeks to embrace something of the identity that distinguished KSS 123 years ago, and still does so today.
Heute findet man Frauenchöre in fast allen Ecken und Enden Norwegens. Die Zeit, in der der norwegische Chorgesang von Männerchören dominiert wurde, erscheint wie eine ferne Vergangenheit. Gegen Ende des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, nur elf Jahre nach der erstmaligen Zulassung von Frauen als Studentinnen an der Universität, schlossen sich drei Medizinstudentinnen zusammen und gründeten einen Hochschulchor für Frauen. Wir schreiben das Jahr 1895. Die Frauenchorgesellschaft der Universität Oslo (Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening - KSS) war Realität. Es war der erste akademische Frauenchor der Welt und wurde kürzlich von der Musikorganisation Interkultur als bester Frauenchor der Welt ausgezeichnet.
Die Sammlung der Arrangements und Kompositionen auf diesem Album ist geprägt von der Nationalromantik und der traditionellen norwegischen Volksmusik. Gleichzeitig enthält es vielleicht eine größere Vielfalt an Quellen und Stilen, als es für die Männerchormusik der Nationalromantik typisch ist. Im Laufe seines langen Bestehens hat KSS in vielerlei Hinsicht eine eigene Version der traditionsgebundenen, nationenbejahenden Musik geschaffen. Und es ist diese unverwechselbare Interpretation des nationalromantischen Elements, die vieles von dem repräsentiert, was an KSS einzigartig ist. Diese Veröffentlichung, "Som den gylne sol frembryter", versucht, etwas von der Identität zu erfassen, die KSS vor 123 Jahren auszeichnete und tut es auch heute noch.
The Women’s Choral Society of the University of Oslo (Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening — KSS) was founded in 1895 and is the official female choir of the University of Oslo. As the world’s oldest academic female choir, KSS can look back on a long and eventful history. The choir has played an important role both for the university and for the women’s liberation movement, while at the same time solidifying its place in music history with its musical achievements and premiere performances of works for female choir. Along with being an ambitious choir with a high level of artistic accomplishment, KSS has been an important part of the lives of the singers sharing in this musical sisterhood over the years. Today’s choir is distinguished by the same high musical standards, something most recently corroborated during the European Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations in Germany in 2015, where the choir emerged victorious in the prestigious category “Folklore” and the category “Mixed Choirs, Males Choirs, Female Choirs” with some of the highest point sums in the competition. These accomplishments led to KSS’s ranking as the world’s best female choir by the music organisation Interkultur.
MARIT TØNDEL BODSBERG WEYDE – CONDUCTOR
Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde (b. 1981) comes from Byneset in Sør-Trøndelag and has been our conductor since 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Agder / Music Conservatory of Kristiansand, with major areas of study in composition, singing and flute. In 2005 she was the only student accepted to study for a Master’s degree in conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The leading Norwegian choirs and ensembles with which Bodsberg Weyde has worked include the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Vocal Art, Gjøvik Sinfonietta, Mjøsmusikk, the Oslo Chamber Choir, the Norwegian Academy of Music Chamber Choir, and the Ringsaker Opera. In addition to conducting KSS, she is also artistic director and conductor of the Vestoppland Chamber Choir and the Norwegian Student Choral Society.
In the autumn of 2012, Bodsberg Weyde was awarded the ‘Conductor’s Prize’ for KSS’s performance at Norway’s national choral competition, and in the summer of 2015 she led the same choir to victory in the European Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations. In the autumn of 2015 she received the ‘Conductor’s Prize’ while competing with the Vestoppland Chamber Choir at the Canta del Mar Barcelona competition, and again at the Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz in the summer of 2017 while competing together with the Norwegian Student Choral Society. KSS’s three previous releases on the LAWO Classics label also feature Marit as conductor: “Arme jord ha jolefred” (LWC1009, 2009); “Brahms” (LWC1054, 2013); and “Kom regn” (LWC1134, 2017).