Nils Henrik Asheim

Salmenes bok | The Book Of Psalms

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Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020182544
Catnr: LWC 1232
Release date: 26 August 2022
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Label
Lawo Classics
UPC
7090020182544
Catalogue number
LWC 1232
Release date
26 August 2022
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Salmenes bok (The Book Of Psalms), by Nils Henrik Asheim
The process behind this work originates from when Oslo Cathedral commissioned a largescaled work by Nils Henrik Asheim for the inauguration of the church's new main pipe organ in 1998. The composer suggested including a choir to create a cycle of texts from the Book of Psalms, and the Oslo Cathedral Choir were more than willing to participate, with their dedication to the piece being integral to the work's development.

Organ builders Ryde & Berg made both the main organ (with 53 voices) and the choir organ (16 voices), with the combination of the two becoming central to the concept of the work. The two instruments bathe the room in an immersive soundscape, with the choir representing the voice inside this.

The composer himself chose a selection of lines taken from 21 hymns, with the view to creating a holistic narrative through use of contrasts. Five “Allelujah” movements for organ complete each of the sections of the work. In the 1998 version, these were improvised movements for solo organ, but in the revised version from 2019 the movements were re-composed as organ duos. The titles of these five movements are taken from Psalm 150, v.1–3.

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Nils Henrik Asheim — composer, organist
Nils Henrik Asheim (b. 1960, Oslo) combines the careers of organist, pianist, and composer along with his activities as a curator, program creator, and initiator of artistic collaborations. Seated within the classical music tradition, he eventually branched out into the free improvisational scene. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and the Sweelinck Academy in Amsterdam.

Nils Henrik Asheim has written a number of chamber works, including Water Mirror, Navigo, Chase, Nicht, and Broken Line, in addition to the orchestral works Mirrors, Turba, Wind Songs, and Degrees of White (LWC1206). He has also composed larger sacred works and has written dramatic music, placespecific works, and compositions where improvisation is a key element. Asheim's music has a clear focus on sound and the sound’s physical and tactile side. His music is usually constructed of several parallel proportions of time, and Asheim works with layers of closeness and distance. Variations of constantly recurring material create an open and self-generating form.

Asheim has developed his own personal improvisational style on the organ, and he cultivates the profile of a performer who defies genre conventions. He has twice received the Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemannprisen) for his organ album 19.03.04, Oslo Cathedral and for Mazurka — Remaking Chopin (LWC1016).

Nils Henrik Asheim has served as organist of the Stavanger Concert Hall since 2012. He has attracted a wide audience for organ music by developing new concert forms where the organ is combined with other instruments and art forms. In 2018 Asheim released a critically acclaimed album with his own transcriptions of music by Edvard Grieg and Geirr Tveitt, performed on the organ in Stavanger Concert Hall (LWC1151). As an improvisational organist, he has collaborated with artists such as the singer Anne-Lise Berntsen, noise musician Lasse Marhaug, percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, and many others, most recently with the vocal artist Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer on the release Vox Humana (2018), recorded on the Hildebrandt organ from 1719 in Pasłęk, Poland.

Asheim made his debut as a composer at the young age of fifteen at the Scandinavian Youth Music Festival in Helsinki. In 1978 he won Second Prize in the European Broadcasting Union’s Rostrum competition. He has received commissions from the most important Norwegian cultural institutions, including composing the official fanfare for the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994, and music for the wedding of the Crown Prince and Princess in 2001. In addition to the Nordic Council Music Prize, Asheim has received the Lindeman Prize, the Arne Nordheim Composer Prize, and the Edvard Prize, among others. His children’s opera, The Tempest, commissioned by The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, won the European RESEO Opera for Young Audiences Award in 2014. In 2018 he received the Nordic Council Music Prize for Muohta – Language of Snow.

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01.
Salmenes bok: Salme 1: Ash–ré ha–ish
01:14
02.
Salmenes bok: Salme 5: Du hører min røst om morgenen
02:28
03.
Salmenes bok: Salme 8: Når jeg ser din himmel
03:13
04.
Salmenes bok: Salme 13: Hvor lenge, O Herre
03:51
05.
Salmenes bok: Salme 18: Da skalv og skaket jorden
02:56
06.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja I — med gjallende horn
03:26
07.
Salmenes bok: Salme 19: Himmelen forkynner Guds herlighet
03:56
08.
Salmenes bok: Salme 22: Min Gud, hvorfor har du forlatt meg
05:49
09.
Salmenes bok: Salme 27: Skjul ikke ditt ansikt for meg
01:13
10.
Salmenes bok: Salme 40: Han la i min munn en ny sang
04:28
11.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja II — med harpe og lyre
02:53
12.
Salmenes bok: Salme 42: Som hjorten skriker etter rennende bekker
03:19
13.
Salmenes bok: Salme 49: A-té lø-ma-shal oz-ní
01:03
14.
Salmenes bok: Salme 62: Vær stille for Gud, min sjel
01:00
15.
Salmenes bok: Salme 69: Gud, kom meg til redning
00:45
16.
Salmenes bok: Salme 74: Du kløvde havet i din velde
01:02
17.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja III — med pauke og dans
02:46
18.
Salmenes bok: Salme 108: Gud, mitt hjerte er rolig
03:40
19.
Salmenes bok: Salme 114: Da Israel dro ut av Egypt
03:51
20.
Salmenes bok: Salme 126: Da Herren vendte Sions lagnad
04:00
21.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja IV — med strengespill og fløyte
03:06
22.
Salmenes bok: Salme 130: Min sjel venter på Herren
01:16
23.
Salmenes bok: Salme 137: Ved Babylons elver der satt vi og gråt
04:15
24.
Salmenes bok: Salme 139: Hvor skal jeg gå bort fra din ånd
03:55
25.
Salmenes bok: Salme 148: Lovsyng Herren fra himmelen
03:00
26.
Salmenes bok: Alleluja V — med tonende cymbaler
04:40
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