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Ketil Bjørnstad
The Light
Songs Of Love And Fear

Randi Stene mezzo-sopran
Lars Anders Tomter viola
Ketil Bjørnstad piano
 
Fire Nordiske Sanger (Four Nordic Songs):
Grensen (The Border)
Natten (The Night)
Sommernatt Ved Fjorden (By The Fjord)
Sommersang (Summer Song)

The Light:
A Valediction: Of Weeping
The Dream
The Prohibition
Lamentoso
The Flea
A Noctural Upon St. Lucy's Day, Being The Shortest Day
The Sun Rising
Air And Angels
Love's Alchemy
Break Of Day
A Hymn To God The Father

Recorded February and March 2007
ECM 2056
 
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Subtitled “Songs of Love and Fear”, “The Light” brings together Ketil Bjørnstad’s “Four Nordic Songs”, compositions for female voice and accompaniment written over a 30 year period, with a song cycle based on poetry of John Donne (1572-1631). Bjørnstad: “The intellectual energy in Donne’s poetry, which was always receptive to the metaphysical, is also nurtured by emotional excitement, and it is this unique combination that has held such powerful appeal to me as a composer.”