Henrik Hellstenius

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THE DISINTEGRATION OF OPHELIA “Ophelias: Death By Water Singing” grew out of a close collaboration between poet and playwright Cecilie Løveid and composer Henrik Hellstenius. The opera is based on the story of Ophelia from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and on earlier sources he in turn used. At its heart is the tale of young Ophelia, who is ill-used by Hamlet and his mother the Queen and drowns herself, deranged and with child. Løveid has written a playful, poetic and tender libretto. Henrik Hellstenius has composed an opera that in its distinctive tonal language moves between realms of beauty, parody and revulsion. Inspiration from pop and improvisational song is as much in evidence as the influence of classical singing. The singers on the recording are Elisabeth Holmertz as Ophelia, Tora Augestad as the Queen, Ivan Ludlow as Hamlet, and Silje Aker Johnsen, Ebba Rydh and Janna Wettergren as woodmaidens — all world-class performers who transcend the operatic, generating a new and more expressive vocal style that renders this tale of Ophelia musically persuasive and emotionally up-to-date. The conductor is Christian Eggen, the musicians are from Cikada, and together with the singers they offer a convincingly modern chamber music experience. REVIEWS «There is an undeniable witchery about this music and it is most gloriously recorded - a clean sound that accommodates the ratcheting and the strangulation of voices. An equal balance is struck between voices and instruments and all within an open-spaced acoustic. [...] There are virtuoso performances all round from singers and instrumentalists.» Rob Barnett – MusicWeb International http://musicweb-international.com/classrev/2016/Nov/Hellstenius_Ophelias_LWC1098.htm
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1. Intro 00:00:19 1.00 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Scene 1: Let's be hopeless 00:03:46 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Scene 2: Already a river 00:04:49 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Scene 3: Hi, Ophelia! 00:06:49 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Tora Augestad | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Scene 4: I am a mouse 00:04:50 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Elisabeth Holmertz | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Scene 5: Rainbows 00:02:50 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Tora Augestad | Elisabeth Holmertz | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Scene 6: The drip of blood 00:04:43 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Scene 7: On a windy day 00:06:05 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Scene 8: The Black Prince is back 00:09:21 1.80 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble | Tora Augestad
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
10. Scene 9: I tremble and listen 00:11:37 2.00 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Ivan Ludlow | Tora Augestad | Elisabeth Holmertz | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
11. Scene10: Where are you? 00:02:23 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Elisabeth Holmertz | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
12. Scene 11: Murder and waiting 00:08:49 1.80 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
13. Scene 12: To get bigger eyes 00:04:39 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Elisabeth Holmertz | Ivan Ludlow | Tora Augestad | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas
14. Scene 13: I'm a little happy 00:06:33 1.50 USD
Main artist Henrik Hellstenius
Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Author Cecilie Løveid
Performers Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Christian Eggen | Cikada Ensemble
Featuring artists Elisabeth Holmertz | Tora Augestad | Ivan Ludlow | Silje Aker Johnsen | Janna Vettergren | Ebba Rydh | Cikada Ensemble | Christian Eggen | Cecilie Løveid
Producers Vegard Landaas