QCD 9412

Cover QCD 9412 TIDA VEIT

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Njål Sparbo - voice
Björn Nyman- clarinets
André Orvik - violin
Vegard Johnsen - violin
Jon Sønstebø - viola
Sverre Barratt-Due - cello
Steinar Haugerud – double bass
Karl Seglem – goat horn

Producer: Njål Sparbo
Digital editing and nixing: Njål Sparbo and Cato Langnes
Recording and mastering: Cato Langnes
Graphic design: Quattro Design
Recorded at Quattro Studios, Oslo, 2022-23
Released in December 2023 by Quattro, Oslo, Norway
Supported by: Norsk Komponistforening, Norsk Kulturfond, Fond for utøvende kunstnere, Norsk Tonekunstnersamfunds Vederlagsfond, Creos vederlagsfond og Kunstnerforeningen.


1 Det finst ei stille by Ståle Kleiberg (b. 1958) / Helge Torvund {7:27}
2 If thou must Love Me by Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) / E. Barrett Browning {5:21}
3 Barcarole by Gisle Kverndokk (b. 1967) / Sigbjørn Obstfelder {3:05}
4 Nøkkerose by Knut Vaage (b. 1961) / Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen {4:16}
5 Auge i vind by Karl Seglem (b. 1961) {6:18}
6 Lost in life by Henrik Hellstenius (b. 1963) / Øyvind Rimbereid {5:54}
7 Black by Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (b. 1973) / Aasne Linnestå {5:29}
8 Welt by Eivind Buene (b. 1973) {1:57}
9 Sostenuto by Eivind Buene (b. 1973) {2:38}
10 Tida veit by Kristin Bolstad (b. 1981) {6:40}

Norwegian Songs Vol. 4: Tida veit (‘Time Knows’) includes music from composers born between 1958-1981, with arrangements for voice, clarinet, and string quintet, except Henrik Hellstenius’ “Lost in Life,” set for voice, clarinet, and string quartet. The composers created most of the arrangements, with the exception of Ola Gjeilo’s 'If thou must love me,' arranged for the ensemble by Geoff Lawson, and Ståle Kleiberg’s 'Det finst ei stille' ('There Exists a Silence'), arranged by Njål Sparbo. Karl Seglem’s 'Auge i vind' ('Eye in the Wind') is originally written for solo voice, but the composer graciously contributed to the recording with his goat horn.

“Norwegian songs have played a vital role in my entire professional journey. Upon receiving the State Work Grant in 1997-1999 and 2005-2008, I embraced the opportunity to delve deep into the Norwegian song repertoire. Norwegian composers are frequent features in my concert programs, and I’ve actively participated in numerous premieres. This anthology presents a collection of songs that I cherish from various eras. While the majority of these songs were initially composed for voice and piano, I chose to enrich the recordings by collaborating with a diverse ensemble of musicians, infusing the renditions with richer nuances, heightened fullness, and musical contrasts." Njål Sparbo