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Henrik Ødegaard: Te Lucis Ante Terminum – Vox Clamantis

HENRIK ØDEGAARD: Arise, my love! · Te lucis ante terminum · Eructavit cor meum · Magnificat with antiphone Montes Gelboe · Super Fluminamore… Babyloni

Vox Clamantis · Jaan-Eik Tulve, conductor · Estonian National Male Choir RAM · Mikk Üleoja, conductor · Madis Metsamart, percussion · Vambola Krigul, percussion

The old Gregorian song is emerging in the modern consciousness like a memory from far off, making a new and fresh appearance on Henrik Ødegaard´s ‘Te lucis ante terminum’. Interpreted by the outstanding Vox Clamantis and RAM.

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Voices from the depths

On Henrik Ødegaard´s album ”Te lucis ante terminum” voices from the Gregorian tradition meet a new, modern musical language in an organic, but nonetheless refreshing and unpredictable way. Ødegaard has engrossed himself in Gregorian chant and written several works that have taken their inspiration from the Gregorian tradition and from Catholic liturgy, and filter voices from the depths of our western vocal tradition through his own finely tuned means of expression. In his investigation of the relationship between the Gregorian tradition and a modern, free-tonal style, there are always contrasts. Overtones or modality are set as a contrast to an abstract, personal musical language and improvisation is contrasted to the annotated, and generates contrasting elements in the form of light and shade, foreground and background, open and closed.

Ødegaard´s groundbreaking works ”Arise, my love!”, ”Te lucis ante terminum” and ”Cantus” are performed by the renowned choirs The Estonian National Male Choir (RAM) and Vox Clamantis, conducted by Mikk Üleoja and Jaan-Eik Tulve respectively. Founded in 1944, RAM is now a world-renowned professional choir noted for its renditions of large-scale choral works. The choir has collaborated with Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Finlandia, Alba Records, Virgin Classics and GB Records, performed more than 6 300 concerts all over the world and won several awards, most notably a Grammy Award for the recording of Sibelius´ Cantatas (Virgin Classics). Vox Clamantis, on the other hand, was formed in 1996 and has made themselves noted for their performances of Gregorian chants, early polyphony and contemporary music. The choir has laid extensive touring behind them, collaborated with a range of renowned musicians, released records for ECM and Miarer, and won several awards.

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Voices from the Gregorian tradition, from the depths of our western vocal tradition, meet a new, modern musical language in an organic, but nonetheless refreshing and unpredictable way, filtered through composer Henrik Ødegaard´s finely tuned means of expression.

Contrasting elements

There are always contrasts in Henrik Ødegaard´s music. Overtones or modality are set as a contrast to an abstract, personal musical language. Improvisation is contrasted to the annotated, and contrasting elements – light and shade, foreground and background, open and closed – are generated through his development of the material. He investigates the relationship between the Gregorian tradition and a modern, free-tonal style, in both a playful neo-classical direction and abstract, almost impressionist, experiments in timbre. “Te lucis ante terminum” sets improvisatory elements against the traditional material in a large-scale tuneful composition, while the three “Cantus”-works puts Gregorian melodies in the original notation together with modern harmonisation. The opening work “Arise, my love!”, however, takes a different approach, not being based on the Gregorian, and creates with its open intervals and additions of whistling, laughter and shouts a positive, joyful style, where the sensuality is clear both in music and words.

Henrik Ødegaard: a Gregorian conductor amidst a vital folk-music scene

Henrik Ødegaard was educated as a music teacher, organist and composer. He studied composition with Lasse Thoresen in Oslo and Tristan Keuris in Utrecht, Holland, and later studied Gregorian conducting at the National Conservatory in Paris. His list of works cover all genres, with emphasis on vocal music. Residing in Sauherad, Telemark, Ødegaard lives amidst a vital folk-music scene – a musical heritage that has proved to play an increasing part in his compositions.

The Estonian National Male Choir (RAM) and Vox Clamantis

Founded in 1944, The Estonian National Male Choir (RAM) is now a world-renowned professional choir noted for its renditions of large-scale choral works. The choir regularly records for broadcasting companies, and has collaborated with Deutsche Grammophon and Sony, performed more than 6 000 concerts all over the world and won several awards, most notably a Grammy Award in the category of Choral Music. Vox Clamantis, on the other hand, was formed in 1996 and comprises a diversity of musicians – singers, composers, instrumentalists and conductors – who have made themselves noted for their performances of Gregorian music, early polyphony and contemporary music, with compositions written specifically for the choir by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve, Tõnis Kaumann and Erkki-Sven Tüur. The ensemble does extensive touring, collaborating with a range of notable musicians from all over the world, recorded albums for ECM and Mirare, and have won several prizes and awards.

Release date: 21.10.2016

EAN: 7044581350874

Cat.No.: ACD5087

Priskategori: CD