Norwegian New Music, with Tord Gustavsen Quartet


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. 

Hear selections from Gustavsen's latest, "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)  





Tord Gustavsen Trio

The Ground

Edges of Happiness [3:07]

ECM 1892

Susanna and the magical orchestra

Melody Mountain

These Days [3:15]

Rune Grammofon #2057

Tord Gustavsen Quartet

Live, WNYC Studios

Glow [5:24]

Glow appears on “Extended Circle,” ECM #2358.

Tord Gustavsen Quartet

Extended Circle

Right There [2:50]

ECM 2358

Tord Gustavsen Quartet

Live, WNYC Studios

Eg Veit I Himmerik Ei Borg [6:23]
The Prodigal Song [6:27]

Both tunes appear on “Extended Circle,” ECM #2358.

Anne-Lise Bernsten & Nils Hendrik Asheim


Nu rinder Solen op [5:10]

Kirkelig Kulturverksted FX 136

Susanna and the magical orchestra


Another Day (Roy Harper) [3:56]

Rune Grammofon RCD2090 OR

Ketil Bjornstad

Water Stories

The View II, excerpt [1:30]

ECM 1503