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Unexpected Songs
Various composers

Daniel Sæther

Unexpected Songs

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Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020182261
Catnr: LWC 1204
Release date: 06 November 2020
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Label
Lawo Classics
UPC
7090020182261
Catalogue number
LWC 1204
Release date
06 November 2020
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About the album

"Unexpected Songs" is the debut recording of Norwegian countertenor Daniel Sæther. The works on this CD are juxtapositions of old (texts) and new (music). The songs are written by some of the most important Norwegian composers of contemporary music and religious music in the 20th and 21st centuries. The texts are mostly religious; hymns, bible texts and excerpts from the classical mass.

ARNE NORDHEIM (1931–2010) had an insightful relationship with world literature. His list of works encompasses many texts set to music, ranging from the Bible to Dante to Norwegian contemporary literature. In 1988 he composed "Tre Voci" with texts of Francesco Petrarca and Giordano Bruno. Five years later he turned to the sixteenth- century author Torquato Tasso. "Three Unexpected Songs" was written for singer Carl Høgset as a surprise — thus the title.

That he chose Henrik Wergeland is not surprising, nor that "Den første sommerfugl" (The First Butterfly) was premiered in their mutual home Grotten — on none other than the 17th of May 1982 by two of the guests, singer Guri Egge and harpist Elisabeth Sønstevold. The song is dedicated to his Rannveig, who had become his bride the previous year in a ceremony in Oslo City Hall.

"Hymnus" by CONRAD BADEN (1908–1989) is based on "Vexilla regis", a medieval hymn by Venantius Fortunatus, a sixth-century Italian-born bishop in French Poitiers. He was a prolific poet, and two of his songs for worship are at the centre of the Catholic liturgy for Good Friday. Conrad Baden has set both texts to music: "Pange lingua" and "Vexilla regis".

"Magnificat" by EGIL HOVLAND (1924–2013) is the fruitn of a commission from Ny Musikk, the Norwegian branch of the International Society for Contemporary Music. The work was premiered in 1964 in Trinity Church in Oslo during the Nordic Church Music Symposium with Vessa Hansen as soloist.

Mary’s exultant and social-critical song of praise in the Gospel of Luke (1:46-55) is one of the biblical texts most frequently set to music. It is sung every day during Evening Prayer in monasteries and churches. The angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will give birth to a child that will be called the Son of God.

The church music of KJELL MØRK KARLSEN (born 1947) has been influenced by his own distinguished family tradition. His father, Rolf Karlsen, was an enterprising cathedral organist and choirmaster in Oslo from 1966 to 1981. The son has held the same position in Stavanger and Tønsberg and has also served as church musician in Greverud, Sør-Fron, Slemmestad and Asker. He has combined his performative career with creative activity and has provided Norwegian church music with an extensive repertoire for organ, choir, various instruments and for solo voice, often clearly rooted in sacred vocal tradition. His compositions for wind instruments are grounded in his own playing of several of them.

The five movements of "Missa brevis" (short mass) are as found in the classical mass, and the latter is reflected in the church’s Sunday worship service: "Kyrie", "Gloria", "Credo", "Sanctus" and "Agnus Dei".

PARTICIPATING MUSICIANS on this recording are: Caroline Eidsten Dahl (recorder), Lynetta Taylor Hansen (flute), Marianne Svenning (oboe), Ida Bryhn (viola), Anne Stine Dahl (cello), Henrikke G. Rynning (viola da gamba), Vegard Lund (theorbo), Birgitte Volan Håvik (harp), Lars Henrik Johansen (harpsichord) and Anders Eidsten Dahl (organ).

Artist(s)

Daniel Sæther (countertenor)

Countertenor Daniel Sæther studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy in Den Haag. He has performed as a countertenor in Norway and abroad since 2011 with a wide-ranging repertoire from early music to contemporary. From 2018–2020 he was awarded the Norwegian government grant Statens Arbeidsstipend to work with contemporary music for countertenor on baroque instruments and document this in concerts and recordings. In the summer of 2023, Daniel featured as Cesar in the Trygve Brøske’s contemporary opera Kom­mandanten held at the Oscarsborg open air Opera. Sæther is a founding member of Ensemble Freithoff and Christian IV Consort (now known as Ensemble C4), both of which perform chamber music in Norway with a focus on Re­naissance and Baroque music.   In...
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Countertenor Daniel Sæther studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy in Den Haag. He has performed as a countertenor in Norway and abroad since 2011 with a wide-ranging repertoire from early music to contemporary. From 2018–2020 he was awarded the Norwegian government grant Statens Arbeidsstipend to work with contemporary music for countertenor on baroque instruments and document this in concerts and recordings. In the summer of 2023, Daniel featured as Cesar in the Trygve Brøske’s contemporary opera Kom­mandanten held at the Oscarsborg open air Opera.
Sæther is a founding member of Ensemble Freithoff and Christian IV Consort (now known as Ensemble C4), both of which perform chamber music in Norway with a focus on Re­naissance and Baroque music.
In 2020, Sæther released the album Unexpected Songs (LWC1204) for which he was nominated as Singer of the Year at the German Opus Klas­sik awards in 2021. His second solo album in 2022 Vintersong (LWC1236) achieved nominations in four categories.

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Anders Eidsten Dahl (organ)

Anders Eidsten Dahl (b. 1976 in Drammen) graduated with a degree in church music from the Norwegian Academy of Music and later completed a Master’s degree in solo organ performance at the same institution. Following two years of solo performance study at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, he gave debut concerts in Copenhagen and Oslo in 2003. He has studied organ with Professor Terje Winge, cathedral organist Kåre Nordstoga and Professor Hans Fagius.   Eidsten Dahl is much in demand as organ soloist, chamber musician and harpsichordist, and he has given organ concerts at festivals in a number of European countries. His repertoire spans from the Baroque to the music of today, with emphasis on J. S. Bach and...
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Anders Eidsten Dahl (b. 1976 in Drammen) graduated with a degree in church music from the Norwegian Academy of Music and later completed a Master’s degree in solo organ performance at the same institution. Following two years of solo performance study at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, he gave debut concerts in Copenhagen and Oslo in 2003. He has studied organ with Professor Terje Winge, cathedral organist Kåre Nordstoga and Professor Hans Fagius.
Eidsten Dahl is much in demand as organ soloist, chamber musician and harpsichordist, and he has given organ concerts at festivals in a number of European countries. His repertoire spans from the Baroque to the music of today, with emphasis on J. S. Bach and organ music from the Romantic period. Since 2001 he has served as organist and director of music at Bragernes Church in Drammen, where he is artistic and administrative director of the church’s organ concert series.
A recipient of the Government Work Scholarship for Younger and Newly Established Artists, Eidsten Dahl has released a number of critically acclaimed albums on the LAWO Classics label. He is also Associate Professor of organ at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

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Caroline Eidsten Dahl (recorder)

Caroline Eidsten Dahl (b. 1980) is one of Norway’s most active recorder players. Her training took place under the auspices of Frode Thorsen at the Grieg Academy in Bergen as well as with Dan Laurin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where in 2006 she completed her studies specialising in cham­ber music. Caroline is a permanent member of sev­eral ensembles including the Woodpeckers recorder quartet, Ensemble Freithoff, Bragernes Barokk and the Christian IV Consort. She performs concerts regularly throughout Norway, Sweden and Denmark, both as a chamber musician and a soloist.   In the spring of 2007 she was one of three winners of Concerts Norway’s launch program “INTRO-klassisk” for performances during the 2008–2009 season. Under the direction of Concerts...
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Caroline Eidsten Dahl (b. 1980) is one of Norway’s most active recorder players. Her training took place under the auspices of Frode Thorsen at the Grieg Academy in Bergen as well as with Dan Laurin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where in 2006 she completed her studies specialising in cham­ber music. Caroline is a permanent member of sev­eral ensembles including the Woodpeckers recorder quartet, Ensemble Freithoff, Bragernes Barokk and the Christian IV Consort. She performs concerts regularly throughout Norway, Sweden and Denmark, both as a chamber musician and a soloist.
In the spring of 2007 she was one of three winners of Concerts Norway’s launch program “INTRO-klassisk” for performances during the 2008–2009 season. Under the direction of Concerts Norway, she travelled to India and China performing Norwegian and Chinese music with musicians from Shanghai.
Caroline has performed at numerous festivals includ­ing the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, where she played with Academia Montis Regalis, the Early Mu­sic Festival in London, Stockholm Early Music Festi­val, Oslo Early, the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, and the Oslo International Church Music Festival.
2014 saw the release of Caroline’s debut solo album Blockbird – Norwegian Recorder Music (LWC1069) on the LAWO Classics label, receiving rave reviews both on the home front and abroad. This was followed in 2018 by the release of Sonata Norwegica (LWC1165) on the same label, featuring Norwegian and Swedish baroque music. In 2019 she released Telemann Re­corder Sonatas (LWC1181) with cellist Kate Hearne and cembalist Christian Kjos.
Caroline received the Arts Council of Norway’s scholarship for newly established artists for a two-year period from 2010 to 2012.

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Vegard Lund (theorbo)

Ida Bryhn (viola)

Lars Henrik Johansen (harpsichord)

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