UR - Choral music of Norwegian composers
LYSENKO: Dumka- Shumka (Rhapsody on a Ukrainian Folk Theme,
Op. 18). Sum (Sorrow). Op. 39 for Cello and Piano. Meni
makes no difference to me) for Baritone and Piano. KOSENKO: Étude Op.
8. Consolation Op. 9 No. 1. SKORYK: Carpathian Rhapsody
for Clarinet and Piano. MEJTUS: Allegro for Violin and Piano.
REVUTSKY: Prelude Op. 4 No. 1. Prelude, Op. 7 No 2. LYATOSHYNSKY: Andante
Sostenuro, Op. 38. Melody for Violin and Piano. KOSENKO: They Stood in
Silence, Op. 7 No. 2 for soporano and Piano. I am sad for Soprano
and Piano. STETSENKO: I Stood and Listened to the Spring for Soprano
SKORYK: Melody (vocalisae for Soprano, Violin and Piano)
TELEMANN: Overture-Suite Water Music. CORELLI: Concerto in
D, Op. 6 No. 4. Concerto No. 8 in G minor "Christmas Concerto." BACH:
for Harpsichord and recorder
Kammerkoret Aurum is a 24-memberr chamber choir from Trondheim, Norway. Founded in 2006, it has had considerable acclaim in Norway, and focuses on new music by Norwegian composers. Known as UR (Aurum), they are passionate and committed to the beauty of choral singing and Norwegian music. . Conducted by Eva Holm Fosnaes, on this disk we have five of her works as well as music by Odd Jonan Overoye, Oyvind Johan Eiksund, Martin Eikest Koren, and Geir Dohile Gjerasjo. CD notes describe the music, and texts in Norwegian are provided but, surprisingly, no translations. The music is mostly a cappella, always lovely, usually somber. Excellent performances recorded in the rich acoustic of Norway's Hoeggen Church 2015 - 2016. If you are looking for totally new choral music, you will find it here .Playing time is only 46:00. Why wasn't more music included on a premiujm-priced disk?
,Here is an unusual disk of chamber music that doubtless will be new
to listeners. It is titled Forgotten Treasures of the Ukrainian
Soul. Most of the music is for solo piano along with one
work each for cello, clarinet and violin and piano, and three songs for
soprano and piano.
It is a fascinating program indeed—no note-spinning here, and the
performances are exemplary. Pianist Natalya Pisichnya is a virtuoso and
off the fantastic difficulties of much of this music particulaly
the concluding Toccata by Arcady Filipenko, a major display piece that
would highlight any program by a major pianist. This is Pisichnya's second
recording; some years ago Naxos issued a disk of Chopin songs
with soprano Olga Pasichnyk who is featured in the three songs on the
new disk. Audio is superb as usual with BIS. Fascinating program notes,
and texts are provided for the songs. This is an intriguing new issue!
R.E.B. (February 2017)