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Marianne Beate Kielland / Nils Anders Mortensen

Så kort ein sommar menneska har - Songs by Gisle Kverndokk

  • Type CD
  • Label Lawo Classics
  • UPC 7090020182421
  • Catalog number LWC 1220
  • Release date 14 May 2021
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About the album

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” catalogue. 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 and 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!
 
Gisle Kverndokk
 

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    Så kort ein sommar menneska har
     
    05:27
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    Likevel er du her
     
    02:00
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    Spør ikke om kjærlighet
     
    01:48
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    Ruth Maier in Memoriam I. Impresjonistisk bilde
     
    01:39
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    Ruth Maier in Memoriam II. Vårnatt
     
    01:43
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    Ruth Maier in Memoriam III. Til en venninne
     
    02:25
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    Ruth Maier in Memoriam IV. Dagene blir lysere
     
    02:59
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    Ruth Maier in Memoriam V. Tingene kommer meg nærmere nå
     
    03:08
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    Ruth Maier in Memoriam VI. Ordene
     
    03:44
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    Ruth Maier in Memoriam VII. Ingenting er
     
    01:54
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    Bare dragen er fri
     
    03:03
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    Vise
     
    02:21
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    Song
     
    01:35
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    Shakespeare-sonetter Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
     
    02:18
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    Shakespeare-sonetter Sonnet 3: Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest
     
    00:54
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    Shakespeare-sonetter Sonnet 9: Is it for fear to wet a widow’s eye
     
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    Shakespeare-sonetter Sonnet 128: How oft, when thou, my music, music play’st
     
    01:23
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    Shakespeare-sonetter Sonnet 129: The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
     
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    Shakespeare-sonetter Sonnet 23: As an unperfect actor on the stage
     
    02:42
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    Shakespeare-sonetter Sonnet 33: Full many a glorious morning have I seen
     
    02:20
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    Shakespeare-sonetter Sonnet 144: Two loves I have of comfort and despair
     
    02:23
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    Ave Verum
     
    04:48

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