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"Concerto no. 3" by Frank Nordensten - Premiere

13.03.2012 - 13.03.2019


The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and Ensemble Energico
Dan René Dahl - organ
Tore Erik Mohn - conductor





Tuesday 13 March 19:30


Ris Church


NOK 250,- / 150,-

 

The human voice is closest to our hearts ...

Frank Nordensten

 

New Norwegian works for choir, organ and wind ensemble


 

The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, founded in 1734, is the oldest professional orchestra in Norway and currently works primarily with historical performance practice and contemporary music. In 2007, Cathedral Cantor and conductor Tore Erik Mohn began a collaboration with The Norwegian Wind Ensemble on a concert series in Fredrikstad Cathedral. One of the results of this fruitful collaboration was Frank Nordensten's Concerto No. 2, which was premiered in 2009 to a warm reception from both the public and the press. Tonight's premiere of Nordensten's Concerto No. 3 is a continuation of this collaboration and was commissioned by Fredrikstad Cathedral for its concert series. The work is written for choir, organ and wind ensemble - three harmonizing sounds, but as the composer himself says: ..... the organ is basically a mechanical wind instrument and the warmth and sincerity of a choir sound, when paired with a wind ensemble, comes in as a contrasting element .... The composer stresses: ... the major organs are located primarily in churches... it was therefore natural to take advantage of the other element present there, namely choral singing.

It is a pleasure for the Church Music Festival to present Frank Nordensten's newly written work Concerto No. 3, premiered by the NWE, Ensemble Energico and organist Dan René Dahl, all conducted by Tore Erik Mohn.

 



 

Frank Nordensten (b. 1955) was educated as a pianist and organist at The Norwegian Academy of Music and earned a graduate degree there in composition in 1981 under Finn Mortensen. At 19, Nordensten won first and third prize in a composition competition organized by the Oslo Organists' Association and his career as a composer had begun. Some of the highlights of this career are Symphonies No. 2 and 3, Piano Concerto No. 2, the chamber work Ricochet and the ballet Grieg à jour. Nordensten's compositions have been performed by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He has written commissioned works for, among others, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, ULTIMA Festival, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet and the Bergen International Festival.

 



 

Tore Erik Mohn has a long career as both performer and educator. Mohn graduated with a Master's degree in organ from The Norwegian Academy of Music in 1993 and debuted in Oslo Concert Hall the same year. He also has Master's degree in choral conducting. From 1995-2005 Mohn was artistic director and conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Choir. He teaches choral conducting at The Norwegian Academy of Music and is conductor of the Olsokkoret in Stiklestad. Mohn was appointed Cathedral Cantor in Fredrikstad in 2007 where his main responsibility is the cathedral choir.

 



 

The Norwegian Wind Ensemble is Norway's oldest professional orchestra in continuous operation, founded in 1734. The ensemble is also the oldest national cultural institution for the performing arts in the country and thus part of Norway's national heritage. It is celebrating its 275th anniversary in 2009. The ensemble has a twofold artistic profile: one is focused on original performance practice using replicas of historical instruments and the other is focused on contemporary music. Overall, the wind ensemble has a modernistic profile, where old and new original music go hand in hand.

 



 

Ensemble Energico is a chamber choir based in Østfold consisting of some of the most experienced singers in the county, many with professional backgrounds. The ensemble, directed by Carl-Andreas Næss, was founded in 2001 and is a project-based choir that has set its sights on presenting the best of vocal music at a high artistic level.

 



 

Dan René Dahl studied as an organist in Paris and Oslo, including under Olivier Latry. Dahl is considered one of Norway's leading organ players and has a large repertoire in a wide range of genres. He has played numerous concerts both at home and abroad. In recent years, venues have included Berlin, Aarhus, Gothenburg, Reykjavik, Oslo and Tromsø. Dahl has also been employed as an accompanist for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. By day he is Cathedral Cantor in Fredrikstad Cathedral.


 
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