FARTEIN VALEN (1887-1952): Ave Maria for Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 4, Hvad est du dog skiøn for Mixed Choir, Op. 12, Kom regn fra de jøie for Women's Choir, Op. 25, Psalm 121 for Choir and Orchestra, ANTON WEBERN (1883-1945): Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen for Mixed Choir, Op. 2, 2 Lieder for Mixed Choir and Instrumental Ensemble, Op. 19, ALBAN BERG (1885-1935): Die Nachtigall for 16 Voices a cappella (arr. Clytus Gottwald [b.1925]), OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908-1992): 5 rechants for 12 Mixed Voices a cappella, O sacrum convivium for Mixed Choir.
Catalogue Number: 03O066
Description: We offer this, of course, for the Valen pieces, the two most substantial of which are the 1911 Psalm and the 1915-32 Ave Maria, which involve orchestra. The Psalm exhibits the tension of that period between late Romanticism and the exploration of the more outer limits of harmony; the Ave Maria could be compared stylistically to Berg's Altenberglieder while the two a cappella choral pieces from 1930 and 1937 are more conservative, possibly due to their religiously affiliated texts. French, German, Norwegian-English texts. The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Berit Norbakken Solset (soprano), Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Members of the Oslo Sinfonietta; Grete Pedersen. SACD hybrid