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Schola Cantorum, Trachea | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Trachea, from the Norwegian choral group Schola Cantorum, seems like the latest “voices-in-a-church” release from 2L Recordings, something very much in line without other recent titles such as Venelita and Himmelborgen. A few minutes in, you’ll start to notice some fundamental differences. First of all, you’ll notice unusual accompaniment to these otherwise ethereal voices, something that leans heavily into the secular. Trachea, which obviously refers to the windpipe as a “source of transformation where the breath of a human being can be refined into the most beautiful, powerful, tender art,” is all about singing for the joy of it, the joy of making one monumental and moving sound.… Read the full article

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Oslo Kammerkor, Veneliti | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In terms of choral performances, the Oslo Kammerkor (Chamber Choir) and their performance of Orjan Matre‘s Veneliti is very different than the last 2L Recording I reviewed, Himmelborgen. In that recording, the Uranienborg Vokalemsemble chose works that re-define and build on traditional hymns, while Veneliti comes from the opposite direction, a re-working of folk music. The music from Matre, of course, takes a dream-like approach to the sound of a choral in the prerequisite Norwegian church, but this time the voices are allowed to float and blend into something more surreal than “And when this flesh and heart shall fail.” Veneliti has a secular feel that’s still a bit haunting, still suggestive of mystical forces that drive the singers’ emotions.… Read the full article

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2L Recordings’ Himmelborgen | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | August 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

2L RecordingsHimmelborgen consists of three very familiar elements–pipe organ, choir and church. Yes, hymns are being sung. This beautiful recording should remind you of being in church on an early Sunday morning, provided you belong to a large and popular church that has a big enough budget to hire a top-notch musical director and gifted musicians. Of course, being in Norway has something to do with this experience since everything is sung in that language. But 2L Recordings is not a typical record label, and Himmelborgen as far from an ordinary church service.… Read the full article

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Stale Kleiberg, Do You Believe in Heather? | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | July 25th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Norwegian composer Stale Kleiberg is considered a “modern romantic,” which means that his music has that lushness and sweep to it while still preserving contemporary, streamlined touches. 2L Recordings has been releasing Kleiberg’s material for years, everything from masses to choral works to operas. I’ve listened to almost all of it, I think, and yet I feel there is still a mysterious element to this composer’s output, an elusive feeling of distance which I think is created out of Kleiberg’s ambitious nature.… Read the full article

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2L Recordings, Lux | The Vinyl Anachronist

By | March 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So far 2019 has been a stellar year for Norway’s 2L Recordings. Lux, the third in a trio of amazing trio of recordings I’ve received from Morten Lindberg this year, is in many ways the first among equals. Ljos, which features the Fauna Vokalkvintett, is remarkable for its exploration of five human voices in an extraordinary spatial setting–one of the many Norwegian churches that frequently host Lindberg’s amazing projects. Ujamaa, on the other hand, is a relatively big orchestral project that combines folk music from both Norway and Africa to show the spirit of brotherhood between two very different cultures.… Read the full article

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