ARNE NORDHEIM: Tenebrae · Magma //

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Oslo Concert Hall (Oslo, Norway).
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Wednesday, January 2, 1991
  • 1. Tenebrae (25:01)
  • 2. Magma (22:36)

Truls Mørk, cello
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra · Yoav Talmi, conductor

Nordheim cello concerto with Truls Mørk

Arne Nordheim (1931-2010) himself stressed that he was seeking to 'recall forgotten experiences, to evoke forgotten images' in his music. Tenebrae (Darkness) (1982) for cello and orchestra was written for and premiered by Rostropovich. It receives its ultimate realization in this recording with fellow Norwegian Truls Mørk and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. With its tension between the poetic and the catastrophic - the polarities in Nordheim's works - the concerto is a re-examination of the relationship between man and nature. Magma (1988) was commissioned by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra for its 100th year anniversary. Of all the experiences that have etched themselves into the memory of mankind throughout human history, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and avalanches are among the most basic. Norwegian nature too can seem menacing at times. Shocking, unpredictable encounters with the abyss above which our existence is poised.