Trondheim Symphony Orchestra Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor Anna Einarsson, mezzo soprano, Johannes Weisser, baritone Nils Harald Sødal, tenor Fredrik Akselberg, tenor Lars Johansson Brissman, bass Trondheim Symphony Vocal Ensemble
David and Bathsheba, an Opera-Oratorio in Two Acts by Ståle Kleiberg 1 Introduction (Orchestra) 3:05 2 Psalm 8 (Chorus) 6:21 Scene 1 3 My Lord, your servant Uriah the Hittite (Joab, Chorus) 1:38 Scene 2 4 Who is this that looks out like the dawn? (David) 5:11 5 Who is she? (Joab, David) 2:40 6 Come to me Bathsheba (David, Bathsheba) 2:06 7 It is the Lord who gave you your authority (Chorus) 2:29 Scene 3 8 Uriah! Have you not a young wife? (Joab, Uriah) 1:42 Scene 4 9 He would not come, my Lord (Joab, David) 2:42 Scene 5 10 O Husband you are lost to me (Bathsheba) 6:26 Scene 6 11 Eat! Drink! (Uriah, David) 4:41 12 Down with the poor and honest man! (Bathsheba, Uriah, Chorus) 4:19 David and Bathsheba an Opera-Oratorio in Two Acts by Ståle Kleiberg Act II Scene 1 13 You are welcome Nathan (Joab, David, Nathan) 2:08 14 There are two men in your city (Nathan, David) 4:40 15 Psalm 51 (David, Chorus) 7:33 Scene 2 16 You are come to tell me my son is dead (Bathsheba, Joab) 2:49 17 Why has the fruit of my orchard failed? (Bathsheba) 4:29 Scene 3 18 Where are the robes you have torn? (Bathsheba, David) 6:28 19 The breath in our nostrils (Chorus) 3:48 Total playing time: 75:25
The Biblical story of David and Bathsheba has a lot of present-day relevance. In this story, individual emotions interact with political actions and their consequences. Fundamental ethical questions are thus being raised, on the macro- as well as the microlevel. And not least, the story illustrates how these two levels may be connected. This is certainly also the case in Ståle Kleiberg's opera-oratorio "David and Bathsheba", where form and content embody the multi-layered complexity that makes up a great work of art. Yet the music is highly communicative, speaking to a broad audience in a direct and immediate way. From the opening bars, Kleiberg's music establishes a very particular orchestral and harmonic colour, one effect of which is to ’place’ the events beyond our reach. It would be trivial to describe this distancing of the action as a mode of exoticism, but there is nonetheless a whiff of the East about the tone of the work, evocative of the time and a distant place. This is anything but a retreat into some oneiric fantasy world, removed from our contemporary reality. Rather the remoteness of the setting, together with Kleiberg's non-naturalistic approach to the drama, gives the work something of the character of myth. This enables it to speak to us as all myths speak to us, of deeper truths. The present recording is a successor of 2L's Grammy-nominated release from 2009, Treble and Bass: Concertos by Ståle Kleiberg. Like the previous disc, the present one has been made in close cooperation with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, this time conducted by Estonian maestro Tõnu Kaljuste.
Classical - Opera
Recording date: August 2011 Location: Frikirken, Trondheim, Norway Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit) Recording Producer and Balance Engineer: Morten Lindberg Recording Technician: Beatrice Johannessen Editing: Jørn Simenstad Mix and Mastering: Morten Lindberg