Groven Songs (2019)

Groven

Marianne Beate Kielland

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Eivind Groven is a name well-known in Norwegian music history. He is perhaps recognized as the man behind the interval and identification signals that the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio transmissions employed for several years. He was an authentic and eager proponent of folk music within art music, and perhaps this might be for which he is most famous and admired. Groven’s songs are situated primarily within the first half of his work as a composer. Although he does not employ folk music here as much as in his other compositions, we can still sense a “Norwegian flavour” that is not always so easy to define, yet is nevertheless present.

It has been exciting to explore Groven’s songs: here we find both great pathos and simpler tunes. Most of the lyrics are taken from the Suttung movement’s greatest poets, Kinck and Wergeland. (The Suttung movement finds its roots in oral tradition and places a pedagogical emphasis on early exposure to art and literature.) And since Marianne Beate Kielland as a youth participated in a Suttung group for many years, this recording has become a journey back to the lyrics of her childhood.

The songs present a slightly different side to the composer than most know. As composer of romances, Groven is devoted to the text, and he often brings forth its essence through the music he has created. Mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland has established herself as one of Europe’s foremost singers. She performs regularly with leading orchestras and conductors throughout Europe, the East, and America, and with close to 50 recordings to her name, has made an exceptional impression on the international market.

Pianist Nils Anders Mortensen, with his critically acclaimed album releases and concerts as a soloist with the largest Norwegian orchestras, is known as one of Norway’s leading pianists. He is currently employed as Regional Musician in Finnmark County, but is also active as a freelancer.

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Marianne Beate Kielland

Marianne Beate Kielland has established herself as one of the foremost singers of Scandinavia, and is one of the few Norwegian singers to have received a Grammy nomination. The versatile mezzo soprano started her international career as an ensemble member of Staatsoper Hannover. Since then she has been working frequently with leading orchestras and ensembles and enjoying a vast concert repertoire spanning from early 17th century works through to Classical, Romantic and the contemporary eras.

Recent season highlights include Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the 18th Century Orchestra on tour to the Netherlands, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Bergen Philharmonic, Messiah with Malmö Symphony, Bach's St John Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, St Matthew Passion with BBC Philharmonic, and Haydn Seven Last Words with L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève. Her recent symphonic and oratorio appearances include Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie and Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Mass in B minor with Gothenburg Symphony, Gli Angeli Genève and Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Christmas Oratorio with Tonkünstler Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach Cantatas with Bachstiftung St. Gallen, Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres with The King's Consort, Handel's Messiah with Musica Vitae, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Haydn's Arianna a Naxos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Anima Eterna, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and at the Sydney Opera House, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Das Lied von der Erde with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Songs of a Wayfarer with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Berio's Folksongs with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

She has also appeared with other major orchestras and ensembles including Wiener Symphoniker, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Royal Flemish Orchestra, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, Europa Galante, Les Talens Lyriques, RIAS Kammerchor, Anima Eterna, Le Concert des Nations, Collegium Vocale Gent and Bach Collegium Japan; and has worked with such distinguished conductors as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Harry Christophers, Thomas Dausgaard, John Fiore, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, René Jacobs, Nicholas Kraemer, Andrew Manze, Marc Minkowski, Vasily Petrenko, Daniel Reuss, André de Ridder, Helmut Rilling, Christophe Rousset, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Federico Maria Sardelli, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Thomas Søndergård and Robin Ticciati.

Ms. Kielland has made more than 40 recordings of oratorios, operas, cantatas and songs by Mahler, Bach, Händel, Vivaldi, Caldara, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Martin, Chausson, Korngold, von Suppé, Schoenberg, Webern, Berg and Sigurd Islandsmoen. In 2012 she was nominated to a GRAMMY Award in the category Best Classical Vocal Solo for the album Veslemøy Synsk, which features works by composers Edvard Grieg and Olav Anton Thommesen. She performs regularly with pianist Nils Anders Mortensen and the duo has appeared across Europe.

She has 7 DSD albums at the NativeDSD Music store.  This includes recordings from 2L and LAWO Classics.

 

    

Nils Anders Mortensen

Nils Anders Mortensen was born in Flekkefjord in 1971. He began playing piano at age three, and in 1986 he won the Norwegian Young Pianist Competition. He studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, École Normale in Paris, and Hochschule fu?r Musik und Theater in Hannover with Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. Other important teachers have been Tatjana Nikolajeva and Hans Leygraf.

In 1996 Nils Anders Mortensen was the recipient of the prestigious Concerts Norway “Debutant of the Year” award. He has won international prizes and grants. In 1998 he won the Mozarteum Prize in Salzburg. In 2004 Mortensen received the Robert Levin Memorial Prize.

 

Mortensen has appeared as soloist with Norway’s leading orchestras. He recorded piano concertos of Geirr Tveitt with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. His solo album Im Freien, with music of Debussy, Grieg, and Bartok, was released in 2012 to glowing reviews. Mortensen has also released four recordings with mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland on the LAWO Classics label: Früh (LWC1033), Sæle jolekveld (LWC1040), Grieg (LWC1059) and Young Elling (LWC1072).

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Moderens korstegn
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Paa Hospitalet, om Natten
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Anden Nat pa Hospitalet
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Praeriekonens bansull
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Den olme hjort
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Rorpinden
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Forste aurikelsang
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Anden aurikelsang
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Mot nord
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Gulfardo
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Veronica?s bon
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Til min Gyldenlak
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Hun var bare seksten
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Bols vise
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A, sa rodblond
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Var og elsk
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Men en kveld
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Marssol
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Sommerfuglen
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Paa Sygelejet
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Mulig Forvexling, Mor Saether
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Serenade av 'Venetianerne'
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Moen
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Du ma lyse
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Jeg vil va'
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Natt
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Tovaer
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Nyperoser
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Sa hoy en himmel
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