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“HARMONIE” MUSIC OF OUR OWN TIME These works for wind octet by Klein, Kvandal and Yun are regarded as cornerstones of the recent literature, and they rest on a common aesthetic and ethical foundation, together with the newly composed wind octet by Magnar Åm. Oslo Kammerakademi’s third recording, “the first beauty”, completes a trilogy of “Harmonie” music from three epochs. The ensemble has, right from its debut in 2009, had the ambition to embrace the entire breadth of classical chamber music literature for wind instruments — all the way from its origins in Vienna in the 1780s to the music of our own time. It is interesting to note that the works of all the composers featured here have ties to origins, whether specifically in relationship to this genre of music, or in a more spiritual-philosophical sense. The title of the commissioned work by Magnar Åm lends its name to the recording. The composer relates that the work portrays his philosophical anchoring in and experience of the world. In 2012 Oslo Kammerakademi released its first CD, “Beethoven for Wind Octet” (LWC1036), and in 2014 its second recording, “Leipzig!” (LWC1058). Both recordings received glowing reviews in Norway and abroad. BBC Music Magazine gave the debut album five stars (of five possible)! “…a festive fireworks of a CD … an earcatcher par excellence! Certainly one of this year’s winners.” Kjell Hillveg reviewing “Beethoven for Wind Octet” in Dagsavisen. “...delight is the watchword throughout this engaging programme, superbly played by the Oslo ensemble.” – Review of “Leipzig!” by Guy Rickards in Gramophone Magazine. REVIEWS «While all the compositions on the disc are interesting, and all are well played, I thought the highlight work was the most recently composed – the first beauty for Wind Octet and Double Bass by Magnar Äm. […] This is a fine collection of contemporary wind music. It’s beautifully performed and nicely recorded, and these works are unlikely to appear in any other collection. Musical explorers will appreciate this disc.» Mel Martin – Audiophile Audition review_LWC1093_Audiophile_Audition.pdf «This new programme certainly requires more effort from the listener, as most of the pieces here are not designed soley to entertain audiences. However, the faultless technicality, tight ensemble and beautiful tone of Kammerakademi is at once beguiling, and if you are familiar with avant garde music, say from the Second Viennese School, listening to this disc will be comfortable […] Despite a little more work for the audience, this third disc in the historical exemplars of 'Harmonie' music is colourful, has excellent music which is not very well known but indefatigably performed, just as with the previous two discs. If you haven't got these earlier discs, then I heartily recommend them. And this final disc in the trilogy caps a very entertaining and informative project, once more presented in superb sonics.» John Miller – HR Audio review_LWC1093_HRaudionet.pdf «So my first plaudit for this disc goes to the Norwegian production team, headed by Vegard Landaas, who have done a wonderful job. The balance is, to my ears, perfect, and in particular allows the horns to play, when required, with really full tone, without wrecking the ensemble and drowning the others. […] This is a superbly performed and produced programme, which, though challenging, is ultimately impressive and rewarding.» Gwyn Parry-Jones – MusicWeb International review_LWC1093_musicweb_international_recordofthemonth.pdf «Oslo Chamber Academy is an excellent ensemble; they play with conviction at all times. Strong readings of challenging works.» Kilpatrick – American Record Guide review_LWC1093_American_Record_Guide.pdf
Bonus content included for FREE with purchase of complete release:  Booklet (PDF)
1. Divertimento: I. Tempo di marcia 00:03:50 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Gideon Klein
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Fredrik Fors | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Sissel Morken Gullord | Roman Reznik | Trond Olaf Larsen
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Divertimento: II. Allegretto scherzando 00:02:14 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Gideon Klein
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Fredrik Fors | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Sissel Morken Gullord | Roman Reznik | Trond Olaf Larsen
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Divertimento: III. Adagio 00:05:02 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Gideon Klein
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Fredrik Fors | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Sissel Morken Gullord | Roman Reznik | Trond Olaf Larsen
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Divertimento: IV. Allegro 00:05:05 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Gideon Klein
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Fredrik Fors | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Sissel Morken Gullord | Roman Reznik | Trond Olaf Larsen
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Night Music, op. 57: I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:05:53 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Johan Kvandal
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Trond Olaf Larsen | Andjei Maevski | Sabine Randoll | Alessandro Caprotti | Tuomo Savolainen
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Night Music, op. 57: II. Scherzo: Allegro 00:02:24 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Johan Kvandal
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Trond Olaf Larsen | Andjei Maevski | Sabine Randoll | Alessandro Caprotti | Tuomo Savolainen
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Night Music, op. 57: III. Adagio 00:06:01 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Johan Kvandal
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Trond Olaf Larsen | Andjei Maevski | Sabine Randoll | Alessandro Caprotti | Tuomo Savolainen
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Night Music, op. 57: IV. Allegro molto 00:03:53 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Johan Kvandal
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Trond Olaf Larsen | Andjei Maevski | Sabine Randoll | Alessandro Caprotti | Tuomo Savolainen
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Wind Octet with double bass ad libitum 00:19:15 2.60 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Isang Yun
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Trond Olaf Larsen | Andjei Maevski | Sabine Randoll | Alessandro Caprotti | Tuomo Savolainen
Producers Vegard Landaas
10. the first beauty: I. which unites my deepest unease 00:07:08 1.80 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Magnar Åm
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Fredrik Fors | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Sissel Morken Gullord | Roman Reznik | Trond Olaf Larsen | Patrick Wilder
Producers Vegard Landaas
11. the first beauty: II. with my happiest dance 00:05:34 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Magnar Åm
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Fredrik Fors | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Sissel Morken Gullord | Roman Reznik | Trond Olaf Larsen | Patrick Wilder
Producers Vegard Landaas
12. the first beauty: III. and lifts me into a timeless understanding 00:08:38 1.80 USD
Main artist Oslo kammerakademi
Composer Magnar Åm
Performers Oslo kammerakademi | David Friedemann Strunck | Gro Britt Skarseth | Fredrik Fors | Victor Alsén | Steinar Granmo Nilsen | Sissel Morken Gullord | Roman Reznik | Trond Olaf Larsen | Patrick Wilder
Producers Vegard Landaas