#3569: Norwegian New Music, with Tord Gustavsen Quartet

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For this New Sounds, listen to new music from Norway, including a live set by the serene and transcendent Tord Gustavsen Quartet.  Gustavsen, whether solo, with a trio, or in this quartet formation, delivers piano-based works of contemplation and stillness that simply captivate a listener.  To be sure, the music is surely capable of transporting one to a private Nordic mind-palace. 

Tord Gustavsen

 Hear selections from Gustavsen's record "Extended Circle," performed live in the WNYC studio, featuring an interview with the pianist. The record itself is a sublime and breathtaking moment in time, including folk-and hymn-based melodies, as well as original tunes.  Also as part of the show, there’s music from Susanna (Wallumrod) and the Magical Orchestra, and a work by the late Norwegian soprano Anne-Lise Bernsten in collaboration with organist and composer Nils Henrik Asheim. 

PROGRAM #3569 with Tord Gustavsen Quartet (First aired on 2/24/2014)  

ARTIST: Tord Gustavsen Trio
WORK: Edges of Happiness [3:07]
RECORDING: The Ground
SOURCE: ECM 1892
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Susanna and the magical orchestra
WORK: These Days [3:15]
RECORDING: Melody Mountain
SOURCE: Rune Grammofon #2057 
INFO: susannamagical.com

ARTIST: Tord Gustavsen Quartet
WORK: Glow [5:24]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC Studios
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: Glow appears on “Extended Circle,” ecmrecords.com #2358. 

ARTIST: Tord Gustavsen Quartet
WORK: Right There [2:50]
RECORDING: Extended Circle
SOURCE: ECM 2358
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Tord Gustavsen Quartet
WORK: Eg Veit I Himmerik Ei Borg [6:23]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC Studios
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: Glow appears on “Extended Circle,” ecmrecords.com #2358. 

ARTIST: Tord Gustavsen Quartet
WORK: The Prodigal Song [6:27]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC Studios
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available. 
INFO: Glow appears on “Extended Circle,” ecmrecords.com #2358. 

ARTIST: Anne-Lise Bernsten & Nils Hendrik Asheim
WORK: Nu rinder Solen op [5:10]
RECORDING: Engleskyts
SOURCE:  Kirkelig Kulturverksted FX 136
INFO: www.kkv.no

ARTIST: Susanna and the magical orchestra
WORK: Another Day (Roy Harper) [3:56]
RECORDING: 3
SOURCE: Rune Grammofon RCD2090
INFO: runegrammofon.com OR susannamagical.com

ARTIST: Ketil Bjornstad
WORK: The View II, excerpt [1:30]
RECORDING: Water Stories
SOURCE: ECM 1503
INFO:  ecmrecords.com