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Albums by Ketil Bjørnstad

Sunrise - A Cantata On Texts By Edvard Munch
Vinding's Music - Songs from the Alder Thicket
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Sunrise: A Bird of Pray Is Clinging to … Sunrise: A Bird of Pray Is Clinging to My Inner Being 7:25    
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Track length:7:25
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Classical
Producer: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Genre: Classical
Studio: Ketil Bjørnstad
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233651
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Sunrise: The Mother Sunrise: The Mother 6:11    
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Track length:6:11
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233652
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Sunrise: Nothing Is Small Sunrise: Nothing Is Small 4:53    
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Track length:4:53
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233653
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Sunrise: The Earth Loved the Air Sunrise: The Earth Loved the Air 4:29    
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Track length:4:29
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233654
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Sunrise: Recitative I Sunrise: Recitative I 0:59    
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Track length:0:59
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233655
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Sunrise: The Cliff Sunrise: The Cliff 5:22    
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Track length:5:22
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233656
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Sunrise: As If They Were in a Church Sunrise: As If They Were in a Church 5:23    
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Track length:5:23
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233657
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Sunrise: Intermezzo I Sunrise: Intermezzo I 1:48    
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Track length:1:48
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233658
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Sunrise: The Dance of Life Sunrise: The Dance of Life 4:59    
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Track length:4:59
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233659
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Sunrise: Open Window Sunrise: Open Window 4:31    
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Track length:4:31
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233660
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Sunrise: Recitative II Sunrise: Recitative II 0:57    
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Track length:0:57
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233661
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Sunrise: The Separation Sunrise: The Separation 5:48    
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Track length:5:48
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233662
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Sunrise: Intermezzo II Sunrise: Intermezzo II 4:09    
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Track length:4:09
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233663
14
Sunrise: Gravestone Sunrise: Gravestone 3:59    
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Track length:3:59
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233664
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Sunrise: Recitative III Sunrise: Recitative III 0:50    
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Track length:0:50
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233665
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Sunrise: Alpha and Omega Sunrise: Alpha and Omega 5:23    
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Track length:5:23
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233666
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Sunrise: The Most Delicate Nerves Are A… Sunrise: The Most Delicate Nerves Are Affected 4:17    
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Track length:4:17
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233667
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Sunrise: Intermezzo III Sunrise: Intermezzo III 1:43    
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Track length:1:43
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233668
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Sunrise: Sunrise Sunrise: Sunrise 5:15    
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Track length:5:15
Artist: Kari Bremnes, Aage Kvalbein, Matias Bjørnstad, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Oslo Chamber Choir & Egil Fossum
Performer: Kari Bremnes (vocal)
Aage Kvalbein (cello)
Matias Bjørnstad (alto saxophone)
Bjørn Kjellemyr (bass)
Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
Ketil Bjørnstad (piano)
Oslo Chamber Choir
Egil Fossum (conductor)
Genre: Classical
Publisher: Manuscript (NCB/TONO)
Composer: Ketil Bjørnstad
ISRC: DEB331233669
Digital booklet Album only

Ketil Bjørnstad previously explored the life of Edvard Munch in his acclaimed 1993 novel Historien om Edvard Munch. When invited to compose music for choir in 2011 his thoughts turned once again to Munch and to the writings, still not widely known, of the proto-Expressionist Norwegian painter. With these as his guide, Bjørnstad shaped Soloppgang (“Sunrise”) subtitled “A cantata on texts by Edvard Munch”. In his liner notes, Bjørnstad observes that “the texts written by Munch can be compared to his paintings in their power and intensity. He wanted to be a writer as well as a painter... texts from different periods in Munch’s life have been used in Sunrise. They all portray existentialist dilemmas: surviving or being destroyed, believing or observing.” The changing moods of the writings inspire very different musical settings. Sunrise was released first in Norway in November 2013 – in connection with the 150th anniversary of Munch’s birth – and met with a most positive critical reception.

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.