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Ståle Kleiberg: Do You Believe in Heather?
Ståle Kleiberg: Do You Believe in Heather?
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"Some of the most beautifully played and appealing contemporary chamber and piano pieces you're likely to hear", said American Record Guide about the album Mezzotints – Chamber Music by Ståle Kleiberg. And now there is a follow-up: a new string quartet, two trio constellations and the song cycle Do You Believe in Heather?, which has given the album its title.

Ståle Kleiberg is often called a "modern romantic", and for good reason. We encounter a distinctive and highly individual alloy of modern and romantic elements in his music, whether it is characterized by a still, meditative lyricism or an energizing vitality. His String Quartet no. 3 encompasses this entire range of expression. The music speaks of summer. It is imbued with joie de vivre, and was composed with a full command of the genre and with considerable virtuosity.

The flute-viola-harp ensemble is less common, but by no means unknown. Following Debussy's Sonata, several trios have been composed for this ensemble, and Kleiberg's Trio Luna is a fine and most welcome addition. The work's three movements capture the mood of three dissimilar outer and inner landscapes, all of them bathed in moonlight, albeit at different times of day and night.

The Light Smith is also a trio; it is a song cycle for mezzo-soprano, clarinet and piano, and is chamber music on a very high level of inspiration. Both The Light Smith and Do You Believe in Heather? are settings of poetry by the distinguished Norwegian poet Helge Torvund. These poems engage with such archetypal themes as light, quietude, love, death and nature, but they treat these themes as real, everyday experiences, rather than abstract concepts. While the theme of The Light Smith centres on the beginnings, growth and culmination of life, it is autumn and winter we meet in Do You Believe in Heather?

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Album title
Ståle Kleiberg: Do You Believe in Heather?
Performer

Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo soprano
Ole Christian Haagenrud, piano
Annika Nordstrøm, flute
Ida Kateraas, clarinet
Ruth Potter, harp 
Jan Petter Hilstad, viola
Atle Sponberg, violin
Anders Larsen, violin 
Ole Wuttudal, viola 
Øyvind Gimse, cello

Catalogue #
2L-152-SACD
EAN13
7041888524427
ISRC-code
NOMPP1903010-150
Disc 1
Hybrid SACD
MCH 5.1 DSD
Stereo DSD
RedBook PCM: MQA CD
Disc 2

Archive (not distributed)
7.1.4 Immersive Audio

Release date
March 2019
Recording date
August 2018
Location
Sofienberg Church, Norway
Original source
DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)