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A Passion For John Donne (Live)

Ketil Bjørnstad

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1
Introitus - A Passion For John Donne
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
3:08
2
Thou Hast Made Me
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
7:54
3
A Fever
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
5:44
4
Death, Be Not Proud
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
3:40
5
Interlude No. 1
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
2:49
6
The Legacy
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
3:49
7
Batter My Heart, Three Personed God
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
3:28
8
A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy's Day
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
8:34
9
Farewell To Love
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
7:32
10
Interlude No. 2
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
4:02
11
Since She Whom I Loved Hath Paid Her Last Debt
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
2:22
12
A Valediction, Forbidden Mourning
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
8:21
13
Oh, To Vex Me, Contraries Meet In One
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
5:03
14
Interlude No. 3
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
2:34
15
There We Leave You
Ketil Bjørnstad; Håkon Daniel Nystedt; Oslo Chamber Choir
3:51
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    72:51
This live album documents the world premiere of Norwegian pianist and composer Ketil Bjørnstad's A Passion For John Donne in Oslo in March 2012, showcasing the Oslo Chamber Choir. A highlight of the concert is the unique performance of Håkon Kornstad as both tenor saxophonist and classical tenor singer. Kornstad makes the challenging transition from saxophone improviser to operatic vocalist seem natural in this context and shines in both roles.

"After working with the texts of John Donne for more than 20 years, I still find new approaches to understanding what he wrote and I find music throughout. It is in the language, in the rhythm, in the silence between the sentences: a passionate quest for meaning and reconciliation. Donne's dramatic life is reflected in the texts and everywhere in them you will find the passion, melodies and sounds."
- Ketil Bjørnstad
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded live March 2012 at Sofienberg Kirke, Oslo at the Oslo International Church Music festival engineer: Jan Erik Kongshaug
Cover photo: Morten Delbæk
Liner photos: Laila Meyrick, John Kelman (p. 5)
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Ketil Bjørnstad

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