Kom Regn (2017)

Kruse, Nystedt, Hovland, Nordheim, Valen

Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening

Marit Tondel Bodsberg

The world’s oldest academic female choir has sought out choir music for women by five male Norwegian composers — compositions that challenge and expand conceptions of Norway’s cultural heritage. There is here scarcely a trace of a mountain or fjord or traditional folk music, or of Grieg, Kjerulf and Nordraak. The gentlemen on this recording chose other routes to the concert hall, cathedral and the cultural canon. One of them had as strong a faith in his uncompromising counterpoint as in the Almighty Creator, while sitting alone between the mountains and fjords of Western Norway. Another was a central figure of European contemporary music and musical life in the capital city, but his work was dismissed as “Pling-Plong” by Norwegian cultural conservatism’s self-appointed generals. Fartein Valen, Arne Nordheim, Egil Hovland, Knut Nystedt and Bjørn Kruse, each in his own way and with either the Bible or world poetry in his inside pocket, created sounds that convey a different history of Norwegian music. Placed in women’s voices, they provide the possibility of entering worlds of sound, words and lines that for many remain undiscovered, unanticipated and unprecedented.

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Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening

The Women's Choral Society of the University of Oslo (Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening) is the official Women's Choir at the University of Oslo.  The choir was founded in 1895 and is the world's oldest academic female choir. Despite the choir's long history, it is now a young student-based choir with approximately 45 singers.

The choir presents Norwegian folk music in new as well as traditional arrangements. This includes a selection of pieces composed by Grieg and wedding marches from the majestic and weathered Northern Norway. In addition, they sing a repertoire of newly written music, with great harmonies and exciting dissonances.

Photo: from KSS Facebook page

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Kom Regn (2017)

Kruse, Nystedt, Hovland, Nordheim, Valen

Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening

Cables: mogami
Digital Converters: Merging Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix V11
Mastering Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Microphones: DPA 4006A, Schoeps Mk2H , Neumann Tlm170
Producer: Vegard Landaas
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Recording location: RIS Church, Oslo, 24–26 JUNE, 23–25 SEPT AND 21–23 OCT 2016
Recording Type & Bit Rate: 352.8Khz DXD
Speakers: ATC 25 / Sennheiser HD800

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Valen - Motet for Female Choir, Op. 25 (1936) - Kom regn fra det hoie -
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Valen - Two Motets for Female Choir, Op. 14 (1931) - No. 1, Quomodo sedet sola civitas
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Valen - Two Motets for Female Choir, Op. 14 (1931) - No. 2, Regina coeli laetare
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Nordheim - Music to Two Fragments by Shelley (1985) - Silver Key
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Nordheim - Music to Two Fragments by Shelley (1985) - No. Music
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Hovland - Gloria Patri, op. 137, nr. 2 (1991)
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Hovland - Se, dager kommer (1975)
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Nystedt - Shells (1973)
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Nystedt - Sansene (2002)
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Nystedt - I am my brother?s keeper (1982)
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Nystedt - Mary?s Song
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Kruse - Music to hear, why hear?st thou music sadly? (2000)
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Kruse - Renn over meg som regn (1993)
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