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Frode Haltli
Looking On Darkness

Frode Haltli accordion
Vertavo String Quartet
Øyvor Volle violin
Berit Cardas violin
Henninge Landaas viola
Bjøg Værnes cello
 
Bent Sørensen
Looking on Darkness

PerMagnus Lindborg
Bombastic Sonosofisms

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje
gagaku variations

Magnus Lindberg
Jeux d'anches

Asbjørn Schaathun
Lament

Recorded August 2001
ECM New Series 1794
 
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"Looking on Darkness" is the solo recording debut of accordionist Frode Haltli, a major talent from Norway, destined to make his mark on several genres. He was last heard on ECM in the company of Trygve Seim and friends, but his primary commitment is to the performance of contemporary composition and this album features Nordic new music - from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland - written for the accordion. Four of the five pieces are premiere recordings, written especially for Halti. They add up to a fascinating landscape of new music from the north, music which casts its inspirational net wide. Features compositions by Bent Sørensen, Asbjørn Schaathun, Magnus Lindberg, PerMagnus Lindborg, and Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje. Halti is joined by the Vertavo String Quartet for Ratkje's "gagaku variations".