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Morten Lindberg vann en Grammy 2020, Best Audio, för albumet ”Lux” med Nidarosdomens Flickkör och Trondheimsolistene. Mortens skivbolag 2L är känt för sitt högkvalitativa ljud, ofta med HD-inspelningar på Pure Audio Blu-ray eller SACD.

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Image LUX (Blu-ray Audio)
Acquiring life skills during a challenging, fragile phase of life — learning to belong, to feel seen and included, learning to build friendships — all of this lies at the core of the Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir's mission. The Requiem in Andrew Smith's version, commissioned by the choir, is loosely based on the Roman Catholic mass for the dead. Several of the texts of the traditional Requiem Mass have been replaced, however, with biblical references to the tragic fate of children, reflecting the all-too-frequent conflicts of today in which the young are innocent victims. The musical material in the Requiem takes its inspiration from Gregorian chant. Melodic fragments of the ancient requiem mass can be heard in the background. Trygve Seim's improvising saxophone makes up an integral part of the whole, yet lives a life of its own in close companionship with the singers and Ståle Storløkken on organ. The palette is expanded with the glorious strings of TrondheimSolistene in Ståle Kleiberg's Hymn to Love and The Light (with Petra Bjørkhaug, organ). These works add dimensions of faith, hope and love. And light too, when all seems dark. In life there are moments to treasure, and challenges to overcome. In the words of Helge Torvund: The light you need exists. LUX is the conceptual sequel to MAGNIFICAT (nominated Best Surround Sound Album to the 58th GRAMMY Awards). 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos + 7.1.4 Auro-3D + 5.1 SURROUND + STEREO Produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352.8kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway Album details: www.2L.no/pages/album/150.html Immersive Audio is a sonic sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. Dolby Atmos and the Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the audience in a cocoon of life-like audio. Recorded in discrete 11.1 at DXD resolution.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Minor Major
The present recording features both one of the longest and one of the shortest quartets in the string quartet repertoire. There is no denying that Schubert´s last string quartet is great in every sense of the word, but Beethoven´s “Quartetto Serioso”, although minor in size, is by no means dwarfed by it when it comes to sheer artistic quality; both quartets are indeed major works and a staple on the diet of any string quartet of merit. Even so, the concept of minor and major immediately springs to mind when contemplating putting these two completely different masterpieces on the same album. Duration apart, there is the obvious question of tonality: one work in F minor, the other in G major, which is simple enough and by itself justifies the album title. But things get more complicated the moment we subject the two works to a closer scrutiny. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) Quartet no. 11 in F minor op. 95 Franz Schubert (1797–1828) Quartet no. 15 in G major D887 op. 161 A Hybrid SACD is included in the box. The compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Appassionata
In this recording Tina Margareta Nilssen presents three piano works, each with a wide spectrum of expression and intensity. Two of them belong to the standard repertoire, but the third, by Signe Lund, is a practically unknown work, a real gem recorded here for the very first time. The Piano Sonata in E minor is one of Edvard Grieg's most equilibristic and passionate works. Signe Lund's beautiful music guides the listener through Norwegian nature, turbulent stormy weather and the French salons. And in Beethoven's famous "Appassionata" sonata one can hear the struggles and suffering that ultimately led to his creation of a whole new era of music. Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 7. Signe Lund (1868-1950): Cinq Morceaux, Op. 34. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata". Hybrid Super Audio-CD. 5.1 SURROUND + STEREO produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway . This compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.

135 kr (159 kr)
Image Furatus
Human creativity is versatile and endless. If we enthuse about something we feel a need to convey that enthusiasm to others – to quote, to recite. Creativity is thus closely bound up with inspiration. One of the oldest and most resilient ways of fostering cultural life is to “borrow” ideas. In music this has been normal practice as long as there have been songs and singers to sing them. In the Romantic period this musical borrowing became an art form in its own right, with world-famous virtuosos and composers leading the way. But there are also artists today who relish this art form. Meet two of them here! Music by Edvard Grieg, Kosaku Yamada, Dmitry Shostakovich, Geirr Tveitt and Carl Nielsen transcribed and performed by Wolfgang Plagge and Ole Edvard Antonsen.A Hybrid SACD is included in the box. The compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Under the Wing of the Rock
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Image Stages of Life (Blu-ray Audio & Hybrid SACD)
The Norwegian violinist Ole Bull (1810-1880) is often called "the Nordic Paganini". Wherever he played, he held audiences spellbound with his incredible technique and personal charisma. In his native Norway he is revered first and foremost for his pioneering and dynamic role in the movement for a national identity in the fields of music and the dramatic arts. Bull recognized Henrik Ibsen's and Bjornstjerne Bjornson's potential as dramatists and gave them indispensable opportunities to advance their careers at his Norwegian theatre in Bergen. He held Norwegian folk music in as high esteem as he did European classical music, and he incorporated national melodies in his compositions to portray Norwegian nature and life, for example in Norges Fjelde and Vilspel i Lio. This recording, a sequel to the album that violinist Annar Folleso and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra released in 2010, features compositions that have only been played by Ole Bull himself, and which therefore have not been heard since his death in 1880. Largo posato e Rondò capriccioso (1841) and Fantasy on "Lilly Dale" (1872) are not just examples of Bull's international style – they also bear witness to his stamina as performer and virtuoso. The surviving musical manuscripts are incomplete, but Wolfgang Plagge, with his intimate knowledge of Bull's composition technique, and in collaboration with Annar Folleso, has been able to reconstruct the music.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image The Beauty That Still Remains (Blu-ray & SACD)
I had an occasional flash of understanding, but then got selfishly wrapped up again in my own problems and pleasures, is a quote from Anne Frank's diary, the book on which The Beauty That Still Remains is based. These are thoughts we must all take heed of, confronting injustice that does not strike directly at ourselves. This recording represents a deep musical engagement with such universal values as empathy and faith in the good that is in every person. Asylos deals with the contradictions of inclusion and exclusion, and points up the connection between the pilgrims of the past and the asylum seekers of our time. The Norwegian Girls Choir addresses the theme of the inviolability of human dignity. The music by Marcus Paus and Maja S.K. Ratkje frames, in contrasting ways, the power that humanity and hope carry with them even amid the most intense horror, and through testimonies of the past these works tell us how relevant these topics still are.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Divertimento KV 563
After composing his three last symphonies in as many months in the summer of 1788, Mozart started out on another mammoth project – a trio for strings of truly symphonic proportions. This visionary work with its somewhat unpretentious title "Divertimento in E flat major" revealed itself to be the quintessence of everything Mozart stood for as composer, craftsman and dramaturge. With its six movements, a playing time of around 50 minutes and the grandeur of its musical lines it puts all earlier chamber music compositions in the shade. Mozart biographer Alfred Einstein writes: “it is a true chamber-music work and grew to such large proportions only because it was intended to offer… something special in the way of art, invention, and good spirits… one of his noblest works.”

152 kr (179 kr)
Image Fryd (Blu-ray Audio; Hybrid SACD)
With Fryd (English- “Joy”), Cantus invites you on a musical journey that starts in the meeting of two significant female figures: Mother and Mary. We wish to make a tribute to the Norwegian mothers who each year conjure up Christmas for the children through all kinds of Christmas preparations. At the same time it is a celebration of the Christian maternal figure, Mary, who gave God’s son to humanity. It is a meeting between the child in the manger, the new king, and the excited children longing for a Christmas filled with experiences and joy. In this way, these simple names- mother and Mary- embrace the message of Christmas and the exquisite joy we all know so well. With Fryd Cantus explores the musical traditions of Christmas from the older, little known folk tunes in original arrangements, to brand new contemporary music. The music is presented both a cappella and in collaboration with instruments like organ and zither.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Skazki
Medtner's music fascinates and surprises, in the midst of what also seems to be well known. You may imagine that you have heard the melodies before, in childhood or in a dream. But, even if you haven’t, it is as if you have been waiting for this music to return. In some mysterious way, it evokes the memory of the unheard. He named many of his piano pieces SKAZKA – tale. Some of them carry subtitles, but it is uncertain whether the composer had specific narratives in mind, as the name would suggest. The influential Soviet musicologists Boris Asafyev may have been right when he claimed that "these are not descriptive tales or tales that illustrate an event. These are tales of personal experiences – of conflicts in the inner life of man". In this recording, Gunnar Sama plays five of Medtner's albums, composed over the course of some 30 years. Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951) - Quatre Morceaux, Op. 4 - Drei Novellen, Op. 17 - Skazki, Op. 35 - Skazki ,Op. 42 - Drei Hymnen an die Arbeit, Op. 49 - When roses fade, Op. 36 No. 3

152 kr (179 kr)
Image Stemmeklang (Blu-ray, audio)
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Image Veneliti (Blu-ray audio + SACD)
Composer Ørjan Matre has worked with Oslo Chamber Choir for over a decade. For Veneliti he has been able to profit from the choir's strong traditions in folk music in his sonic interpretations of Norwegian folk songs – fervent hymns, mystical legends and bittersweet love songs. By returning to the songs' sources and how they have traditionally been sung, Matre has preserved their core identity, giving it new life and meaning in his sonic world. Recorded here in immersive audio, you, the listener, take part in this world as if you were sitting in the choir yourself. The music you are about to listen to has been on a long journey before it finally reaches your ears. It comprises fervent hymns, mystical legends and bitter love songs. Exactly where the journey began, however, is not easy to say, but along the way the songs gain new life through the people who sing them, each time with a slightly different shape, a different feeling, maybe a new purpose – but at their core, they remain the same. Ørjan Matre has listened to the songs, to the singers who perform them, and has listened to old recordings of the songs, where possible. By doing this, he has been able to identify the songs' core identity – a tricky task given the difficulties of translating such melodies through traditional scoring systems. Therefore, rather than being traditional arrangements, Matre's compositions are more a sonic interpretation of that very identity. Unni Løvlid has been teaching the choir in traditional styles of singing. By learning by ear, rather than reading the music, the singers have acquired a different kind of "ownership" of both the music and the lyrics. In addition, this approach allows for the singers to inject more of their own personality into the music. As for the live performances, conductor Hakon Daniel Nystedt has continued the by-ear approach, and, in so doing, has created a holistic expression in which the uniqueness of each voice becomes apparent. To properly convey both the songs' identity and the multifaceted qualities of the choir on a recording like this requires a producer with a special kind of ear. Morten Lindberg's groundbreaking approach to recording techniques and immersive audio faithfully reproduces the complexity of this sound picture in a way that would have been impossible only a few years ago. As a result, Venelity has a consistency, with Matre's dreamy interludes ultimately binding together the different modes of expression and disparate sound worlds. And now the music has found its way to you, the listener. Maybe you are in your living room, on a train, in a car, or in the woods. Maybe you will close your eyes, or let them rest on the horizon. Perhaps you are tired or sad? Perhaps happy and relieved? Either way, these songs have meant different things at different times for all kinds of people. Now they will gain new life, through your listening. Pure Audio Blu-ray STEREO 192kHz/24bit 5.1 SURROUND 192kHz/24bit 7.1.4 Auro-3D 96kHz/24bit and 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos 48kHz/24bit Produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway A Hybrid SACD is included in the box. The compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Trachea (Blu-ray Audio + SACD)
Trachea, the windpipe. A source of transformation where the breath of a human being can be refined into the most beautiful, powerful, tender art. The voice is humankind’s primeval instrument, plumbing the greatest depths of our emotional register. Schola Cantorum takes us through six unique musical landscapes that share something fundamental: This is music that celebrates the physical and spiritual, thinking and feeling human being — and at the same time poses a challenge. Who are we? Bjørn Kåre Odde: Snilla Patea; Martin Ødegaard: Trachea; Ståle Kleiberg: Alt i universet; Bjørn Morten Christophersen: Oak and Mayfly; Karin Rehnqvist: When I close my eyes, I dream of peace; Frøy Aagre: Gloria "I love the choir — this instrument which is so unpredictable, so personal. Each member sings with his or her own voice, communicating their own personal story, and my objective is to collect it all, unify and purify it, and hopefully make the Eros, the profound and inherent love, shine brightly by way of the instrument. Whether the music is complex or simple, the objective remains equal: to cultivate an energy and a timbre which merge with the composition, elevating it to something larger than the sum of all its individual elements. It is during this encounter, where each individual forms part of something larger than themselves, that musical magic arises. This is what I seek. Those moments when the eyes of both the performers and our audience glow. This is the moment I know that we have succeeded." — Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl, conductor Ever since Schola Cantorum was founded by composer Knut Nystedt in 1964, the chamber choir of the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo has had as its prime goal to present contemporary choral works with a particular emphasis on Norwegian and Nordic composers. This two-disc set contains both a Hybrid SACD and a Pure Audio Blu-ray of the same program: Pure Audio Blu-ray STEREO 192kHz/24bit 5.0 SURROUND 192kHz/24bit 7.0.4 Auro-3D 96kHz/24bit and 7.0.4 Dolby Atmos 48kHz/24bit Produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway A Hybrid SACD is included in the box. The compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Do You Believe in Heather?
"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? Hybrid SACD: MCH 5.1 + Stereo DSD RedBook PCM: MQA CD

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Image Himmelborgen (Blu-ray Audio + SACD)
HIMMELBORGEN — For centuries, hymns have transported people through grief, joy, faith and doubt, in everyday life and in times of celebration. The rich treasury of words and music in our hymn book seeks to preserve and renew tradition. It is a tradition that is far from static, evolving through new interpretations by composers, poets and performers of today. On this recording the three composers Marcus Paus, Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen and Morten Christophersen contribute new works based on old hymns. It is here that the hymn tradition reveals its strength, and old words are discovered anew through new arrangements and compositions. Immersive Audio is a sonic sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. Dolby Atmos and the Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the audience in a cocoon of life-like audio. Recorded in discrete 11.1 at DXD resolution. Disc 1 Hybrid SACD MCH 5.1 DSD Stereo DSD RedBook PCM: MQA CD Disc 2 Pure Audio Blu-ray 2.0 LPCM 192/24 5.1 DTS HDMA 192/24 7.1.4 Auro-3D 96kHz 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos 48kHz mShuttle: MQA + FLAC + MP3 Region: ABC - worldwide Album details: www.2L.no/pages/album/149.html

203 kr (239 kr)
Image LJOS
Autumn and winter bring months of cold and darkness to the North. This is why we have always so warmly embraced the Christmas season in our part of the world. For we celebrate not only the Christian festival, we also celebrate the turning of the sun and the promise of longer, lighter days to come. "Ljos" celebrates this very light — the light that shines at the darkest time, bringing warmth and hope. Fauna present a wonderful selection of Christmas songs — some familiar, some new and tantalizing to the ear — from their native Norway, which through distinctive, sensitive arrangements recreate the contrast between light and dark. Fauna Vokalkvintett: Christina Thingvold, Silje Worquenesh Østby Kleiven, Gudrun Emilie Goffeng, Camilla Marie Bjørk Andreassen and Beate Børli Løkken. Album details: www.2L.no/pages/album/151.html

135 kr (159 kr)
Image Ujamaa (2 Blu-ray, audio)
280 kr (329 kr)
Image UTOPIAS — Radical Interpretations of Iconic Works
Kjell Tore Innervik performs Morton Feldman's The King of Denmark and Iannis Xenakis's Psappha, exploring the intimate performing space with large format recording techniques, engaging the listener in immersive audio. The Xenakis was recorded twice: once from the perspective of an intimate listener, and a second time literally "over-head", giving a first-persona perspective. The difference not only in microphone technique but also in the performer's state of mind and how he projects his playing has a profound impact on the listening experience. Radical Interpretations of Iconic Musical Works for Percussion (2013–2017) was an interdisciplinary artistic research project hosted at the Norwegian Academy of Music (2013–2017) in collaboration with the Oslo Academy of the Arts, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Westerdals Oslo ACT and 2L through the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. Pure Audio Blu-ray STEREO 192kHz/24bit 5.1 SURROUND 192kHz/24bit 5.1.4 Auro-3D 96kHz 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos 48kHz Produced in 5.1.4 DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway A Hybrid SACD is included in the box. The compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers. The beauty of the Recording Arts is that there is no fixed formula and no blueprint. It all comes out of the music. Every project starts out by digging into the score and talking with the composer, if contemporary, and the musicians. It is not our task as producers and engineers to try to re-create a concert situation with all its commercial limitations. On the contrary, we should make the ideal out of the recording medium and create the strongest illusion, the sonic experience that emotionally moves the listener to a better place. A utopia, a non-existent place, is a projection where there are no constraints of practicality, nothing to hold you back. Such is our approach to the music on this album. In each piece of music we endeavour, using all the resources at out disposal, to unite the composer, performer, recording artist and listener, and to take them at least some of the way to a utopia. We envisage him or her experiencing a whole series of small-scale moments that offer a projection of the music where there are no constraints, and where the experience aspires to a kind of mini-utopia. It therefore seemed fitting to use the Greek symbol µ, often used as a prefix denoting smallness, in a typographical "subtitle" to this album: µtopias

203 kr (239 kr)
Image POLARITY — an acoustic jazz project
"My main goal is to create a specific identity for each album I make. This time I chose to involve Anders Jormin and Audun Kleive, two of Scandinavia's finest jazz artists. The result is Polarity, an album based on both new and older compositions of mine, recorded in a unique acoustic setting» — Jan Gunnar Hoff 2018. Pure Audio Blu-ray. STEREO 192kHz/24bit. 5.1 SURROUND 192kHz/24bit. 7.1.4 Auro-3D 96kHz. 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos 48kHz Produced in 7.1.4 DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway. A Hybrid SACD is included in the box. The compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers. Hoff Ensemble. Jan Gunnar Hoff, piano. Anders Jormin, bass. Audun Kleive, drums

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Image Folketoner
In this recording, we have chosen Norwegian folk songs, music from the national romantic tradition and hymns that we love to sing. Some of the songs have been specially arranged for this album, while others have been part and parcel of the choir's repertoire for a long time — in fact from before some of the choir's present members were even born. You can hear beautiful lullabies and some of the choir's favourite Grieg songs; you can hear songs full of charm and songs full of gravity, songs of love and songs of sorrow, songs of birth and songs of death. Hybrid Super Audio-CD 5.0 SURROUND + STEREO produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway. This compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.

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Image Woven Brass (SACD+Blu-ray Audio)
This album is spun out of the musical friendship between Christophersen and Haltlia, and features whirling overtone spectra, virtuosic gestures, beautiful melodic ambiguity and quiet spaces – musical moments and extended structures – all woven together into an hour-long musical narrative. Bjørn Morten Christophersen is continually in pursuit of new musical stories. Whether writing for choir, orchestra, chamber ensembles or TV drama, a clear voice always carries the narrative. The six musicians gathered for this recording are all members of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and they play together in the ensemble Norwegian Brass Expo. They are among the best and most experienced brass players in Scandinavia and come from a Nordic brass tradition advocating a homogenous and beautiful sound. Pure Audio Blu-ray. STEREO 192kHz/24bit. 5.1 SURROUND 192kHz/24bit. 9.1 Auro-3D 96kHz/24bit Dolby Atmos 48kHz. Produced in 5.1.4 DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway. A Hybrid SACD is included in the box. The compact disc looks like a normal CD and plays on all standard players and computers.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image So is my Love (2 Blu-ray, audio)
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Image Interactions
In these twentieth-century sonatas, from the late Romantic and expressionistic Valen, through Stravinsky's neoclassical period, to Lutoslawski's more modernistic style, the three composers are searching for inspiration in the past – Valen in the rigours of Bach's counterpoint, Stravinsky in antique verse forms such as we find in Virgil, and Lutoslawski in Baroque music. These interactions with artistic models from earlier times result in three highly individual compositions, each appealing both to the heart and to the mind.

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Image Northern Timbre
Edvard Grieg (1843–1907), Carl Nielsen (1865–1931) and Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) are generally recognized as the Nordic countries' most important composers. Nielsen and Sibelius were both inspired and influenced in their early years by Grieg's music. Their idiom was strongly Romantic, but they managed to create a distinct "Nordic Sound" in which national elements combined with the broader European tradition. This album not only shows this, but also probes the way they were inspired by one another. Moreover, the works on this album are among our personal favourites, with a Northern Timbre we feel resonates, no matter where you are.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Mass for Modern Man
Ståle Kleiberg's Mass for Modern Man is about the loss of existential meaning as an antithesis to faith and belief. The work commutes between these two extremes, and raises the following underlying question: Is belief possible for modern man? In this work, the answer is "yes"; not a resounding "yes", but a "yes" in spite of all. The work is a large-scale concert mass for two soloists, choir and orchestra where Kleiberg's neo-romantic music commutes between the intimate and the grand.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Stories (Blu-ray Audio)
"Music for me, as pianist and composer, is a quest for depth and a quest to find a bridge between my emotions and the piano. When I begin I am uncertain about where the journey will take me and how it will end. It is important that compositions and improvisations constitute a natural whole. And classic songs like “God Only Knows” are stories and they must be told in a personal manner. Putting it all together in an album is exciting and rewarding." – Jan Gunnar Hoff STORIES is Jan Gunnar Hoff’s third solo piano album on the 2L label and is a sequel to his critically acclaimed album Living from 2013. On the new release Hoff stretches his creative abilities, presenting contrasting compositions and improvisations, in a distinctly personal mixture. Some of the pieces are meditative and expressive, while others have a strong rhythmic vibe. Stories also displays Hoff as an arranger, presenting versions of classics like “God Only Knows” and the traditional Swedish folk song “Värmlandsvisan”.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Vers la Lumière (Blu-ray Audio)
Life, with its extraordinary diversity, brings both light and darkness, and the tension in between is something everyone has felt. In the course of a lifetime we get to know every degree and every nuance of light and shade. And it is precisely the experience that light can be shut out for long periods that makes the full richness and potential of life seem even stronger when light returns. The electroacoustic "Vers la Lumière" connects the classical works for piano on this album to make an uninterrupted whole. Through reflection and innovation David Bratlie's transitions represents a contemporary voice, and it provides continuity, and looks ahead, on this musical journey with Antonio Bibalo, Franz Liszt and Olivier Messiaen. Immersive Audio is a sonic sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. Dolby Atmos and the Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the audience in a cocoon of life-like audio. Recorded in discrete 9.1 at DXD resolution.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image UR
Ur is time. Past meets future, young forces are given the chance to carry time forward. Ur is origin. Where we recognize our roots, the past experiences that inform our perspective of the path ahead. Ur is wilderness. The scree clinging to the mountain, hard rock: impassable, majestic and of infinite beauty. Time, origin and nature are core values in “UR”. The recordings consist exclusively of commissioned works, written by composers in affiliation with the musical community in Trondheim. The composers have different backgrounds and tonal language, providing this record with a complex and complementary repertoire. Composers featured include Odd Johan Overoye, Oyvind Johan Eiksund, Martin Eikeset Koren, Geir Dohlie Gjerdsjo, and Eva Holm Foosnaes.

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Image Sea of Names
Lasse Thoresen is a bold exponent of contemporary Scandinavian music, inspired by a culture rich in tradition where new instrumental techniques express a unique range of feelings. His chamber music for flute and piano is here performed by Maiken and Trond Schau with a virtuosity that succeeds in evoking an immediate response from the listener in its revitalization of a time-honoured musical language.

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Image European Tour
It is common to date the beginning of the Renaissance to the mid-14th century. From the ashes of the Black Death emerged a society that was fundamentally changed , and to a large extent saw itself as re-born - formed a new. It cannot be a coincidence that this transformation first took place in the very parts of Europe that had been at the centre of the Roman Empire when at it's strongest, in Italy. Florence became the main powerhouse of the new Europe, and from there the Renaissance spread rapidly, bringing an intense cultural flowering to France, England, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. It is in these countries that Nordic Brass Ensemble has assembled the repertoire for "European Tour" - music arranged specially for this ensemble by Hans Petter Stagnes and Stian Aareskjold. Modern brass instruments have a hsitory going back to the Jaissaries, the Ottoman sultan's special military corps. Contact between Renaissance Europe and Islamic culture helped determine how European culture, and in particular it's music, would develop in this period. Nordic Brass Ensemble is made up of musicians from symphony orchestras and wind ensembles in the Nordic countries, and it has always played early music.

203 kr (239 kr)
Image Himmelrand
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Image Organism
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Image And Sing...
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Image Reflections
Composers reflect their contemporary world, and today’s performers mirror our time. The three works on this album all have a high degree of intensity and a strong personal character, as tributes, visions, fantasies, interpretations. As musical reflections they have these qualities in common, but at the same time they are very different works composed by three distinct musical personalities. Passion. Perfection. Raw intensity. With these fundamentals, the chamber orchestra TrondheimSolistene is carving out its own musical images in immersive audio. Immersive Audio is a sonic sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. Dolby Atmos and the Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the audience in a cocoon of life-like audio. Recorded in discrete 12.1 at DXD resolution.

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Image Secondo Natura
Sigurd Imsen, baroque fiddle and hardanger fiddle
Tormod Dalen, baroque cello
Hans Knut Sveen, cembalo

Amongst a plethora of musical styles and genres that existing during the mid-18th century, the music of Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) finds a special place. Despite a quintessential expressive style of performance and embellishment, he was to become and remain influential across the known musical world, and his legacy was essential to violin playing for at least the next century. Tartini’s obscure writings about Nature and music reveal a close relationship to widespread ideas of a time that was to become known as The Age of Reason. However, these came with a twist: his 135 violin concertos and 200 sonatas, of which many are rarely performed today, still appear enigmatic – impalpable and mysterious. The sonorous Hardanger fiddle, an ideal instrument for imitating the traditional Italian bagpipes, appears in this recording as a tribute to the composer’s frequent use of traditional folk music motifs.

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Image Ich Muss Mit Dir Reden
Cikada

Carola Bauckholt (born 21 August 1959) is a German composer. She worked in the theatre at the Marienplatz in Krefeld and studied music from 1978-84 with Mauricio Kagel at the Cologne Musikhochschule. This is her first recording on the innovative Norwegian label 2L and her collaboration with the group Cikada is best described by the composer.

"Cikada had been playing my pieces for a couple of years before I finally had the chance to meet them in 2007 at a concert in Cologne. There they played Keil, a piece that everyone, including me, had largely forgotten after its premiere. They breathed new life into the piece, and I was even surprised myself. It's one of the best experiences when a piece takes on a life of its own and I meet up with it again after it has so to say "grown up". In 2009, I received a major commission from Cikada for the pieces Laufwerk and Sog, which shaped my work up to 2013. This commission was the beginning of my intensive involvement in the exciting new music scene in Norway, which continues until today."
(Carola Bauckholt)

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Image Mezzotints
Marianne Thorsen, violin
Øyvind Gimse, cello
Bård Monsen, violin
Ole Wuttudal, viola
Jørgen Larsen, piano

Since the early twentieth century there has been a radical renewal of pedigreed chamber genres. We need only think of the late sonatas of Debussy, or of the string quartets of Bartók; or, to enter a high modernist space later in the century, of the duos and quartets of Elliott Carter; or, to move into a less prescriptive space that some like to label postmodern, of Ståle Kleiberg in our own time. In the solo and chamber works recorded here, Kleiberg recaptures something of the ethos of the private sphere. The solo works have an inward character, occluding display, while the chamber works restore the thematic sharing and instrumental characterization of the classical era, but in both cases of an informal kind, shy of system, wary of rhetoric.

Ståle Kleiberg is a major Norwegian composer with a considerable international reputation. The works on this album represent a lesser-known, but valuable, part of his output. His innovatory approach, formal command and technical mastery are especially apparent in his chamber music oeuvre, and it is gratifying to be able to present the following selection here: String Quartet No. 2, Ruf und Nachklang, Ashes, Piano Trio No. 2, Sonata for Violin and Cello and Sonanza e cadenza.

Immersive Sound is a completely new conception of the musical experience. Recorded music is no longer a matter of a fixed one-dimensional setting, but rather of a three-dimensional enveloping situation. Stereo can be described as a flat canvas and Surround Sound as a field, but Immersive Sound is a sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. The 9.1 Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray features sound reproduction that is more realistic than anything you've heard before. It delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the listener in a cocoon of life-like audio.

DISC 1
Hybrid SACD
MCH 5.1 DSD
Stereo DSD

DISC 2
Pure Audio Blu-ray
DTS HD MA 192kHz/24 bit 5.1
Auro-3D 96kHz/24 bit 9.1
LPCM 192kHz/24 bit STEREO
mShuttle: stereo FLAC 96kHz + MP3



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Image Anatomy of Sound (2 Blu-ray, audio)
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Image Early Romantic Horn Sonatas (2 Blu-ray, audio)
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Image Astrognosia & Aesop
The stars and the sky at night have always fascinated people and kindled wonder, faith and superstition. In ASTROGNOSIA we are in the world of astrology with its interpretation of the year's twelve signs of the zodiac, each with its own characteristics. The work is held together by the changing phases of the moon on its journey through the heavens, and it is played here by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, conducted by Ingar Heine Bergby. AESOP'S FABLES is written for narrator and orchestra - the narrator here being Dennis Storhøi - and is based on Herman Wildenvey's translation of the fables. It is inspired by Wildenvey's playful re-telling of the stories in dazzlingly rhythmic verse.



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Image Spes
SPES
What happens when traditional Sami music meets mainstream western sacred music? This is the question Cantus meets head-on in Spes. Under the direction of its conductor Tove Ramlo-Ystad, and in collaboration with composer and musician Frode Fjellheim, the choir explores a new and little-known musical world, a world with a wide range of emotions: sorrow, joy and vulnerability. Through these songs, sounds and musical forms - some familiar, others scarcely known - Cantus challenges both itself and its audience with a repertoire which, while being striking in its variety, is united in one thing: its expression of hope in the music by Frode Fjellheim, Mia Makaroff, Eriks Esenvalds, Eva Ugalde, Ko Matsushita, Knut Nystedt, Franz Xaver Biebl and Kim André Arnesen.

In 2013 Cantus was asked to sing Fjellheim's Vuelie as the musical opening to Disney's new animation film Frozen. This blend of Sami elements, whose roots go deep into an aboriginal people's culture, with music from the Mass and other church music that we are more familiar with has proved popular with audiences all over the world. In the spirit of hope, Cantus has recorded a revised edition of Vuelie for this album.

Immersive Sound is a completely new conception of the musical experience. Recorded music is no longer a matter of a fixed one-dimensional setting, but rather of a three-dimensional enveloping situation. Stereo can be described as a flat canvas and Surround Sound as a field, but Immersive Sound is a sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions. The 9.1 Auro-3D on this Pure Audio Blu-ray features sound reproduction that is more realistic than anything you've heard before. It delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the listener in a cocoon of life-like audio.



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Image String Quartets Vol. 4
Perhaps the greatest single characteristic of Franz Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet (1823) is the elusive, longing and perhaps even tragically unconsummated atmosphere that pervades the entire work. Only in the Andante are we really allowed to relax in its peaceful serenity.

The ambiguity in the title of Maja Ratkje's Tale of Lead and Light (2011) reflects the dread which pervaded Oslo in the summer of 2011, and the life-affirming light of Beethoven's opus 59/1 which inspired Maja's work.

It is a tribute to Benjamin Britten's inherent "joie de vivre" that optimism and love triumph in his Second String Quartet (1945), composed just after the 2nd World War. The quartet reaches its emotional climax in the magnificent Chacony, a passacaglia with no less than 21 variations, inspired by Henry Purcell. Britten's 2nd string quartet received its premiere on the 21st November 1945, 250 years to the day after Henry Purcell's death.

Recording Joseph Haydn's Op. 76 No. 5 on our debut CD in 2008 inspired us to include the complete opus, arguably Haydn's greatest string quartet collection, in our repertoire as soon as possible. The heart of the Emperor Quartet, Opus 76/3 is also the most well known movement, Poco adagio. Haydn composed the psalm that he subsequently used as the theme of this movement after a prolonged stay in England. Something of a celebrity, Haydn mingled with the royals, and his admiration for the British national anthem inspired him to compose a tribute to Emperor Francis II. It was later used first as the Austrian and then as the German national anthem. Haydn used a musical cryptogram of the first line of the Anthem, "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser" to create the opening theme of the first movement, using the first letters of each word in the German text. g e f d k/c, are the exact musical notes of the main theme in the Allegro. The simplest ideas are often the best!



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Image Christianialiv
The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces
Ole Kristian Ruud, conductor

The second half of the 19th century is often called the "Golden Age" of Norwegian music. The reason lies partly in the international reputations established by Johan Svendsen and Edvard Grieg, but it also lies in the fact that musical life in Norway, at a time of population growth and economic expansion, enjoyed a period of huge vitality and creativity, responding to a growing demand for music in every genre. The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces (to use its modern name) played a key role in this burgeoning musical life not just by performing music for all sections of society, but also by discovering and fostering musical talent in performers and composers. Johan Svendsen, Adolf Hansen, Ole Olsen and Alfred Evensen, whose music we hear on this album, can therefore be called part of the band's history.



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Image Waves & Interruptions
Eirik Raude, marimba and vibraphone
Ida Bryhn, viola
Tom Ottar Andreassen, flutes
Thomas Kjekstad, guitar

This album presents a collection of works by the Norwegian composer Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred (b.1970), all composed between 2001 and 2013. The works have been written with melodic percussion as the central and dominating element - with various surrounding ensembles - performed by the recognized Norwegian percussionist Eirik Raude. The smaller chamber formations very suitably illustrate several of the central compositional and poetic aspects of Skjelbred's music.

The music of Skjelbred is quiet, and just like his shy persona it is exactly this quietness that gives the music its character and originality. This is not music that leaps off the stage and authoritatively grabs the listener. It is rather music that encourages the listener to actively advance, to follow the finely chiselled processes that you will find under the surface, in sequences that in Skjelbred consciously avoid being directed towards final and unambiguous goals. One rarely finds that the composer in his works wishes to draw rigorous conclusions.



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Image Ja, vi elsker (+SACD)
Forsvarets stabsmusikkorps
Schola Cantorum
Ingar Bergby, conductor
Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl, choirmaster

This music has been specially chosen to celebrate the 200th anniversary in 2014 of the Norwegian Constitution. As well as being compelling in its own right, the works featured here serve as a musical history book, offering an insight into parts of the Norwegian saga. Several songs are clear examples of how a "national song" can be a way of marking and remembering the nation's history. In this recording we give the national anthem in its complete form, something that is seldom done, and, through many fresh arrangements of familiar melodies and a splendid "outdoor" sound, offer a new and invigorating listening experience.



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Image Symphonies of Wind Instruments & Symphony in B-Fla
"A composer speaking about his own problems is also speaking about the problems of mankind, "asserted Schoenberg. "I was made a revolutionary in spite of myself," said Stravinsky. Hindemith spoke of a forthcoming "big battle over new music", and added, "the need will be to prove whether or not the music of our day, including my own, is capable of survival." Today these composers are regarded as being three of the most seminal figures in music history in the first half of the 20th century. The works by these composers on this album invite us to reflect on how they expressed the tension they perceived between the accepted and the new. Meanwhile a composer at the end of the same century, Rolf Wallin, has written music that portrays "the dancing dynamics of the universe", where nothing is stable and everything is volatile.



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Image Out of Darkness
Torbjørn Dyrud's work OUT OF DARKNESS presents you with the most famous story of Christian culture - Christ's passion, death and resurrection - in a form you have never heard before. Allow yourself to be moved by Nidaros Cathedral Choir, Sarah Head and the musicians in their presentation of Dyrud's dramatic music. The work is not a passion in the traditional sense, since it does not end with Christ's death. Out of Darkness continues through the kingdom of death and out of the grave, leaving us with the gospel of love that overcomes and endures everything, a gospel of grace and forgiveness. Life is the light of mankind, and we can rise out of the darkness.

Nidaros Cathedral Choir was started in 1946 and consists today of about 40 singers. The choir regularly contributes to church services at Nidaros Cathedral and has established itself as a major player in the musical life of the city of Trondheim. In the course of Vivianne Sydnes's ten years as artistic director, the choir has commissioned and performed a number of works by both young and established composers, among them Ståle Kleiberg, Henning Sommerro, Torbjørn Dyrud and Wolfgang Plagge. In 2010 the choir released their album NIDAROS which included samples from these works. In 2010 Nidaros Cathedral Choir premiered Torbjørn Dyrud's passion music "Out of Darkness" in a scenographic performance in the cathedral.

Conductor Vivianne Sydnes was educated as an organist and choirmaster at the Norwegian Academy of Music and has a diploma in conducting from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She was Director of Music at Nidaros Cathedral 2002-2012. Recording this work was one of the last projects under her leadership during her time in Trondheim. Since 2011 Sydnes has been associate professor of choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and she is the musical director of NOVA Chamber Choir.

Composer Torbjørn Dyrud was educated as an organist and choirmaster at the Norwegian Academy of Music, with a subsequent diploma in choral conducting from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has also studied composition and improvisation.



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Image Remote Galaxy
PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor


Can the dualism of life, nature and art be expressed in pure music? This is the question the multi-talented composer Flint Juventino Beppe - formerly known as Fred Jonny Berg - has set out to answer. The album Remote Galaxy is a journey in time and space, a journey given meaning by the album's music and philosophy. The music is uncompromisingly honest, with a genuine power of its own. Using well-known acoustic technology, the composer takes us to some unusual and, for most of us, unknown places.

Remote Galaxy continues the journey of 2L's Grammy nominated album Flute Mystery, and again the Philharmonia Orchestra is conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy to interpret these adventurous scores. The composer's deep spiritual interest in nature, philosophy and space is as central in the universe of Remote Galaxy as it was in Flute Mystery. Beppe's music leaves a unique fingerprint in the artistic world: there is quite simply nothing like it.

The individual and inventive nature of his orchestral works demands a rich palette of instruments and an extended use of woodwinds, brass and organ. As solo instruments, the intense but delicate sound of the clarinet, the scope of the flute's range of expression and the special characteristics of the rarely used viola da gamba make for an inimitable atmosphere captured in 2L's innovative surround sound technology. With the introduction of height channels, acoustic reflections create a natural sound presence originating from both around and above the listener. The Auro-3D format on this Pure Audio Blu-ray features sound reproduction that is more realistic than anything you've heard before. It delivers a new standard in immersion, fully enveloping the audience in a cocoon of life-like audio.



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Image Remote Galaxy
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Image Hymn to the Virgin
Schola Cantorum
Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl

Thomas Aquinas writes in the Summa Theologica: "Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound." The quotation most aptly describes the repertoire on the Norwegian chamber choir Schola Cantorum's recording of hymns to Mary, the Mother of God, in which tranquillity, eternity and 'bursting forth into sound' are encountered in many different guises.

The composers represented here have often chosen to allow their music to evolve in stable structures and remain within static harmonic spaces even when the music becomes expressive and dramatic: Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Duruflé, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Martin Ødegaard, Kjell Mørk Karlsen, Anton Bruckner, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arvo Pärt, Ola Gjeilo, Andrew Smith and Trond Kverno.

Throughout its existence the chamber choir Schola Cantorum has had high ambitions. The choir has built up an international reputation and has made it a trademark to include newly written music in its programmes. This is thanks to the work of Knut Nystedt (1915-), organist, composer and conductor, who returned to Norway in 1964 after studying in the USA and started a choir at the music department of the University of Oslo. The choir continues to recruit members from the department of music, as well as from the Norwegian Academy of Music in more recent years.

Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl trained as a singer and pianist and specialized in the Kodaly method in Hungary before taking her diploma exam in choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She has directed Schola Cantorum since 2002.



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