refractions: Choral Works by Valen, Berg, Messiaen & Webern

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refractions: Choral Works by Valen, Berg, Messiaen & Webern



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25th Feb 2013




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refractions: Choral Works by Valen, Berg, Messiaen & Webern


Die Nachtigall


Cinq rechants

O sacrum convivium


Ave Maria

Hvad est du dog skiøn, Op. 12

Kom regn fra det høie, Op. 25

Der 121. Psalm


Entflieht, Op. 2

Two Songs, Op. 19 (Texts: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Berit Norbakken Solset (soprano)

Det Norske Solistkor, KORK & Members of the Oslo Sinfonietta, Grete Pedersen



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Music in the early 20th century did pass from one medium to another, from late Romanticism into an unknown future. Refractions allows the listener to sample this transition through the choral music of four very different composers.

Fartein Valen: Ave Maria, Op. 4

Ave Maria, Op. 4

Olivier Messiaen: 5 Rechants

No. 1. Hayo kapri tama

No. 2. Ma premiere fois terre

No. 3. Ma robe d'amour

No. 4. Niokhama palalan(e) souki

No. 5. Mayoma kalimolimo

Anton Webern: Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen, Op. 2

Entflieht auf leichten Kahnen, Op. 2

Anton Webern: 2 Songs, Op. 19

No. 1. Weiss wie Lilien

No. 2. Ziehn die Schafe

Fartein Valen: Hvad est du dog skion, Op. 12

Hvad est du dog skion, Op. 12

Fartein Valen: Kom regn fra det hoie, Op. 25

Kom regn fra det hoie, Op. 25

Alban Berg: 7 Fruhe Lieder (arr. C. Gottwald)

7 Fruhe Lieder: No. 3. Die Nachtigall (arr. C. Gottwald)

Fartein Valen: Salme 121

Salme 121

Olivier Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivium (Live)

O sacrum convivium!

BBC Music Magazine

October 2013


“The ecstatic, tonality-bending music of the Norwegian Fartein Valen sits well with ethereal Webern plus better-known Messiaen, a challenge met by this fine choir”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2013

“an unusually diverse and unhackneyed 20th-century programme.”

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