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Albums by Ketil Bjørnstad

Sunrise - A Cantata On Texts By Edvard Munch
Vinding's Music - Songs from the Alder Thicket
1
So Far, So Hidden So Far, So Hidden 11:36    
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Track length:11:36
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Performer: Ketil Bjørnstad
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: ECM Records/Verlag GmbH
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB330917001
2
If Only If Only 7:36    
Album only
Track length:7:36
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Performer: Ketil Bjørnstad
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: ECM Records/Verlag GmbH
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB330917002
3
Outside Skoog Outside Skoog 4:25    
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Track length:4:25
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Performer: Ketil Bjørnstad
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: ECM Records/Verlag GmbH
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB330917003
4
The Stones, the River The Stones, the River 6:27    
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Track length:6:27
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Performer: Ketil Bjørnstad
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: ECM Records/Verlag GmbH
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB330917004
5
Promise Promise 5:16    
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Track length:5:16
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Performer: Ketil Bjørnstad
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: ECM Records/Verlag GmbH
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB330917005
6
She Didn't Say She Didn't Say 4:46    
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Track length:4:46
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Performer: Ketil Bjørnstad
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: ECM Records/Verlag GmbH
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB330917006
7
Evening Voices Evening Voices 3:22    
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Track length:3:22
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Performer: Ketil Bjørnstad
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: ECM Records/Verlag GmbH
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB330917007
8
Remembrance I Remembrance I 5:19    
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Track length:5:19
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Performer: Ketil Bjørnstad
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: ECM Records/Verlag GmbH
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB330917008
9
New Morning New Morning 6:51    
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Track length:6:51
Artist: Ketil Bjørnstad
Performer: Ketil Bjørnstad
Genre: Jazz
Publisher: ECM Records/Verlag GmbH
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB330917009
10
Piano Concerto No. 23 in a Major, Kv 48… Piano Concerto No. 23 in a Major, Kv 488: Adagio 6:16    
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Track length:6:16
Artist: Christian Eggen & Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Performer: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Christian Eggen
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Public Domain
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
ISRC: DEB330917101
11
Suite Bergamasque: Clair De Lune Suite Bergamasque: Clair De Lune 5:20    
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Track length:5:20
Artist: Gunilla Süssmann
Performer: Gunilla Süssmann
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Public Domain
Composer: Claude Debussy
ISRC: DEB330917102
12
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18… Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: Adagio Sostenuto 12:16    
Album only
Track length:12:16
Artist: Gunilla Süssmann, Norwegian Radio Orchestra & Christian Eggen
Performer: Christian Eggen
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Gunilla Süssmann
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
ISRC: DEB330917103
13
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 9:00    
Album only
Track length:9:00
Artist: Jie Zhang
Performer: Jie Zhang
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Public Domain
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
ISRC: DEB330917104
14
Piano Concerto in G Major: Adagio Assai Piano Concerto in G Major: Adagio Assai 9:07    
Album only
Track length:9:07
Artist: Jie Zhang, Norwegian Radio Orchestra & Christian Eggen
Performer: Christian Eggen
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Jie Zhang
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Public Domain
Composer: Maurice Ravel
ISRC: DEB330917105
15
Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: Gesa… Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109: Gesangvoll, Mit Innigster Empfindung. Andante Molto Cantabile Ed Espressivo 13:41    
Album only
Track length:13:41
Artist: Gunilla Süssmann
Performer: Gunilla Süssmann
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Public Domain
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
ISRC: DEB330917106
16
Adagio for Strings Adagio for Strings 9:44    
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Track length:9:44
Artist: Norwegian Radio Orchestra & Christian Eggen
Performer: Christian Eggen
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Genre: Classical
Publisher: G. Schirmer Inc.
Composer: Samuel Barber
ISRC: DEB330917107
Digital booklet Album only

A double album as literary soundtrack, its release coinciding with Norwegian publication of the one-volume edition of Ketil Bjørnstad’s highly-acclaimed fictional trilogy “To Music”/”The River”/”The Lady In The Valley”, and with the author’s 60th birthday on April 25. After keeping his musical and writing activities separate for decades, Ketil dissolved the boundaries with his “Vinding” books: “When I had the idea of writing a trilogy about the young piano student Aksel Vinding, I realised that I would have to grant music access to my world of writing. This felt surprisingly liberating, almost like a confession. Music is a powerful source of inspiration for many writers, and so it was for me when I relived, through the novels, my experiences as a young piano student in Oslo in the late 1960s and early 1970s.” When the trilogy was completed, a concert of music referenced in Bjørnstad’s narrative was mounted in Oslo. Pianists Jie Zhang and Gunilla Süssman, with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, performed compositions by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Barber, with conductor Christian Eggen also heard as piano soloist in the second movement of Mozart’s A major piano concerto. A recording from the concert comprises volume two of the present set. Disc one features Bjørnstad as improvising solo pianist, meditating upon themes related to his protagonist.

Ketil Bjørnstad piano

W.A. Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, KV 488: Adagio
Christian Eggen piano
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Christian Eggen
conductor

Claude Debussy
Suite bergamasque: Clair de lune
Gunilla Süssmann
piano

Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, op. 18: Adagio sostenuto
Gunilla Süssmann
piano
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Christian Eggen
conductor

Frédéric Chopin
Ballade No. 1 in g minor, op. 23
Jie Zhang
piano

Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major: Adagio assai
Jie Zhang
piano
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Christian Eggen
conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 30 in E major, op. 109: Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
Gunilla Süssmann
piano

Samuel Barber
Adagio for strings
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Christian Eggen
conductor

Recorded March and December 2009
ECM 2170_71

About Ketil Bjørnstad:

Described as “a cultural prodigy” by The Guardian’s John Fordham, Ketil Bjørnstad studied piano in Oslo, London and Paris, and was set for a career in classical music before exposure to jazz changed his priorities. Although he did not come to ECM until 1993 with “Water Stories” he was involved with the label’s musicians from the early 1970s; his 1973 debut album featuring Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen as rhythm section. From the outset he was also active as journalist and author. From 1972-1998, he was music and literature critic for Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten. He published his first book of poems in 1972 and his first novel in 1974. Many books have followed since then and translations have appeared in Danish, Swedish, German, Dutch, Finnish, English, French, Czech, Polish, Korean, Russian, Bengali, Greek and Turkish.