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  January 4, 2014

Kjell Mørk Karlsen (b. 1947) is a prolific Norwegian composer, noted particularly for his sacred choral pieces. The Royal Court announced on 25 September 2009 that the king had appointed Kjell Karlsen the honour of being Knight of the First Class of St. Olav "for effort as a church musician and ... more
  January 3, 2014

Ewald Demeyere writes sagely and at length in the booklet about the music he selected for his disc of Harpsichord Laments of the Seventeenth Century. There is, however, nothing at all about him in this booklet, so I'll begin with a brief biography. Born in 1974, the Belgian harpsichordist Ewald ... more
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  December 27, 2013

Norway's Lawo Classics label presents us here with an intriguingly unusual compilation of wind band music. The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band was established in 2006, but it has existed for almost 200 years as a band of the Norwegian Armed Forces. Formed in Trondheim on Norway's west coast in 1818, ... more
  December 22, 2013

Ensemble Allegria is a Norwegian string chamber orchestra which look like a strong competitor for Finland's world-famous Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, based on this, their first SA-CD. A group of music students launched the orchestra in 2007, and it now comprises around 20 members between the age ... more
  December 20, 2013

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) blazed new pathways with his unorthodox approaches to form, counterpoint, and especially intense emotional expression. Composing in the period of transition between the dying Baroque period and the burgeoning new Enlightenment in Europe, he developed a variant ... more

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