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Magnificat

Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening

Magnificat

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Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020182889
Catnr: LWC 1266
Release date: 17 November 2023
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Label
Lawo Classics
UPC
7090020182889
Catalogue number
LWC 1266
Release date
17 November 2023
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About the album

The Women’s Choral Society of the University of Oslo (KSS) under the direction of conductor Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde has established itself over the course of many years as one of the country’s leading female choirs. On this release the choir takes a new direction in its collaboration with two of Norway’s most trendsetting jazz musicians.

Magnificat is a choral work written and composed by double bassist Ellen Andrea Wang. With it Wang makes her debut as choir composer, appearing on the album both as vocalist and bassist. The texts are taken from the Gospel of Luke and Catholic Church liturgy and describe Mary’s powerful feelings knowing she will give birth to a child.

Wang writes: “In the course of music history there has been a long line of composers who have set the Song of Mary to music. But remarkably few female composers have written music to this text, despite its portraying the experiences of a woman.” The work was written and premiered in connection with the 2021 Molde Jazz Festival, with performers including double bassist, female choir (KSS), saxophonist and vocalist. The songs were arranged for choir by Ellen Andrea Wang and Kjetil Bjerkestrand (track 2, 7 and 9).

Also contributing to this album is saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg, who is, among other things, initiator and songwriter of the trio GURLS, together with Wang. The group won Spellemannprisen (Norway’s Grammy) in 2018 and 2022.

Magnificat is the choir’s sixth release on the LAWO Classics label.

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Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening

 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 choir for women, it can look back on 128 years and the creation of traditions that are still alive today. The choir has played an important role for the university and for the feminist movement, whilst at the same time securing its place in music history through its musical accomplishments and premiere performances of works for female choir.   KSS is an organisation with lofty ambitions and a high level of achievement. In 2006 the choir was awarded First Prize for female choirs at the Musica Mundi International...
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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 choir for women, it can look back on 128 years and the creation of traditions that are still alive today. The choir has played an important role for the university and for the feminist movement, whilst at the same time securing its place in music history through its musical accomplishments and premiere performances of works for female choir.
KSS is an organisation with lofty ambitions and a high level of achievement. In 2006 the choir was awarded First Prize for female choirs at the Musica Mundi International Competition in Riva del Garda, Italy. In 2015 and 2019 the choir participated in the European Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations in Magdeburg and Gothenburg, respectively, and emerged victorious both times in the category “Folklore” and in “Open Competition”. These accomplishments have led to KSS’s ranking since 2015 as the world’s best female choir by the music organisation Interkultur, in addition to a third place in “Folklore” and a 21st place independent of class (as of 2023). During the Tolosa Choral Contest in Basque Country, Spain in 2017, KSS achieved a second place in the category “Folklore”, and in the spring of 2019 the choir won a third place in the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in Cork, Ireland.
Magnificat is the choir’s sixth release on the LAWO Classics label, all under the direction of conductor Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde. The Christmas album Arme jord ha jolefred (LWC1009) came first in 2009, and the associated music video Folkefrelsar won a second place in the European Choral Video Awards in 2012. Brahms (LWC1054), a selection of Johannes Brahms’s compositions for female choir, was released in 2013, followed by Kom regn (LWC1134), a collection of Norwegian contemporary music, in 2017, and, one year later, Som den gylne sol frembryter (LWC1144), featuring Norwegian National Romantic music and traditional folk music. The choir’s second Christmas album, Stille som sne (LWC1209), was released in 2020 to good reviews, including a rating ‘6’ (of 6) by ‘NRK Klassisk’ (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s classical music station). “Wow, this is a true gem! Stille som sne is without a doubt this year’s best Christmas album.” (Eystein Sandvik, 30 November 2020)
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Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde (conductor)

Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde (b. 1981) comes from Byneset in Trøndelag and has been the conductor of The Women’s Choral Society of the University of Oslo (Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening — KSS) since 2008.   As a conductor, flautist and church musician she has worked with a number of Norway’s leading choirs and ensembles. In addition to KSS, she is the conductor and artistic director of the professional vocal ensemble Kilden Vokalensemble in Kristiansand and the Norwegian Student Choral Society. She teaches conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has served as jury member at competitions in Norway and abroad, and she offers seminars, workshops and master classes on a regular basis for both conductors and singers.   Bodsberg Weyde has contributed to a...
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Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde (b. 1981) comes from Byneset in Trøndelag and has been the conductor of The Women’s Choral Society of the University of Oslo (Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening — KSS) since 2008.
As a conductor, flautist and church musician she has worked with a number of Norway’s leading choirs and ensembles. In addition to KSS, she is the conductor and artistic director of the professional vocal ensemble Kilden Vokalensemble in Kristiansand and the Norwegian Student Choral Society. She teaches conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has served as jury member at competitions in Norway and abroad, and she offers seminars, workshops and master classes on a regular basis for both conductors and singers.
Bodsberg Weyde has contributed to a long list of recordings, and she has won numerous national and international competitions. In the autumn of 2012, she received the Conductor Prize for KSS’s performance at Norway’s national choral competition, and in 2015 and 2019 she led KSS to victory in two classifications during the European Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations. All the choir’s releases with Bodsberg Weyde as conductor have received glowing reviews. Critics laud her attention to text and phrasing and emphasize her ability to create a really listener-friendly album. She was awarded the Conductor Prize in the autumn of 2015, whilst competing with the Vestoppland Chamber Choir at the Canta al Mar Barcelona competition, and in 2017 she won two first places and a Conductor Prize whilst conducting the Norwegian Student Choral Society at the Sixth International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition.

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Hanna Paulsberg (saxophone)

Hanna Paulsberg (b. 1987) is a Norwegian saxophonist and composer from Rygge. She leads several projects, among them as the initiator and songwriter for the trio GURLS, with Ellen Andrea Wang on bass. The trio won Spellemannprisen (Norway’s Grammy) in 2018 for its debut album Run Boy, Run. Paulsberg has been a freelance musician since 2010 focusing principally on jazz and rhythmic music, and she is an active musician in the Norwegian jazz scene. In 2020 she was awarded the Oslo Jazz Festival’s Ella Prize prior to her concert at the Victoria National Jazz Stage. In the preceding year she received the Rolf Gammleng Award in the category jazz. She holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz from the Norwegian University of...
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Hanna Paulsberg (b. 1987) is a Norwegian saxophonist and composer from Rygge. She leads several projects, among them as the initiator and songwriter for the trio GURLS, with Ellen Andrea Wang on bass. The trio won Spellemannprisen (Norway’s Grammy) in 2018 for its debut album Run Boy, Run. Paulsberg has been a freelance musician since 2010 focusing principally on jazz and rhythmic music, and she is an active musician in the Norwegian jazz scene. In 2020 she was awarded the Oslo Jazz Festival’s Ella Prize prior to her concert at the Victoria National Jazz Stage. In the preceding year she received the Rolf Gammleng Award in the category jazz.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and a master’s degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Paulsberg was honoured as an NTNU ambassador at the 2015 Trondheim Jazz Festival.

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Composer(s)

Ellen Andrea Wang

Ellen Andrea Wang (b. 1986) is a Norwegian bassist, vocalist and composer from Søndre Land. With her genre-crossing musical expression she has distinguished herself as an inventive artist with a unique synthesis of styles — from collaborations with Sting, Manu Katché and Marilyn Mazur, via Spellemann Prize (Norway’s Grammy)-winning GURLS, to her own projects such as Pixel, Ellen Andrea Wang Closeness, and Kontrabassorkesteret (Double Bass Orchestra).   She holds a masters degree in jazz/improvised music from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Wang has received awards from TONO and NOPA for her compositions (Call Me and Be mine) and in 2022 she received the Radka Tonneff Memorial award.   Wang composed the choral work Magnificat whilst serving as Artist-in-Residence at Molde Jazz Festival...
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Ellen Andrea Wang (b. 1986) is a Norwegian bassist, vocalist and composer from Søndre Land. With her genre-crossing musical expression she has distinguished herself as an inventive artist with a unique synthesis of styles — from collaborations with Sting, Manu Katché and Marilyn Mazur, via Spellemann Prize (Norway’s Grammy)-winning GURLS, to her own projects such as Pixel, Ellen Andrea Wang Closeness, and Kontrabassorkesteret (Double Bass Orchestra).
She holds a masters degree in jazz/improvised music from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Wang has received awards from TONO and NOPA for her compositions (Call Me and Be mine) and in 2022 she received the Radka Tonneff Memorial award.
Wang composed the choral work Magnificat whilst serving as Artist-in-Residence at Molde Jazz Festival 2021. It was premiered together with The Women’s Choral Society of the University of Oslo (Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening — KSS) in Molde Cathedral as the festival’s closing concert.

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