Category Archives: Recorded compositions

Variations over Variations

Variations

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra with brand new Norwegian music! Alfred Janson, Knut Vaage, Maja S. K. Ratkje and Jan Erik Mikalsen have written for the orchestra, including a brand new trumpet concerto. Variations over Variations presents four Norwegian composers and … Continue reading

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And sing…

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Booklet text (Norwegian below): Could the act of composing include my sound as a voice performer? The two works on this album are two different answers to this question. From the moment I started to compose new classical music I … Continue reading

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Crepuscular Hour

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Crepuscular Hour was originally commissioned for a performance at the Ultima festival 2010 in Uranienborg church, Oslo. The work is composed for three choirs, three pairs of noise musicians and concert organ. All performers surround the audience, and are amplified … Continue reading

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String Quartets vol IV: Schubert-Ratkje-Britten-Haydn

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2L: “Perhaps the greatest single characteristic of Franz Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet (1823) is the elusive, longing and perhaps even tragically unconsummated atmosphere that pervades the entire work. Only in the Andante are we really allowed to relax in its peaceful … Continue reading

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Maja S. K. Ratkje In Dialogue with Eugeniusz Rudnik

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01 Eugenusz Rudnik – Divertimento; 02 Maja S. K. Ratkje – In Dialogue with Rudnik; 03 Eugenusz Rudnik – Breakfast on the grass in the cave of Lascaux

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Snowblind

Trondheim Sinfoniettas has released an album with works by Trygve Brøske, Eirik Hegdal, Jon Øyvind Ness and Maja S. K. Ratkje. On this album: (Recited by Hanne Dieserud.) Trondheim Sinfonietta har i de senere årene blitt et av de sentrale … Continue reading

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Come Away Death

2L: “Death is as natural as love. But whereas love is bright and beautiful, death is dark and irreversible. Our modern society encourages us to live out our dreams and desires to try to achieve personal goals, and to strive … Continue reading

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River Mouth Echoes

Tzadik: “Maja Ratkje is a remarkable vocalist and composer based in Norway. Her work ranges from orchestral and chamber works to electronics, improvisation and creative combinations of all of the above. This special collection of Maja’s work showcases several aspects … Continue reading

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Planet POING

POING started playing together in 1999, and has since then been one of the most interesting ensembles for contemporary music in Scandinavia, with more then 40 first performances by European and Asian composers. This CD contains new music by Maja … Continue reading

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Concepts of Sorrows & Dangers

Aurora: “Superb young artist exploring the outer space of his saxophones. Jazz, Contemporary music, Rock, Chinese traditional music. NO limits for Rolf-Erik.” Music by Lars Petter Hagen, Maja Ratkje, Øyvind Torvund, Rolf-Wallin, Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Luca Fransesconi, Iannis Xenakis and Trond … Continue reading

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Giants of Jazz

POING is Rolf-Erik Nystrøm on saxophones, Frode Haltli on accordion and Håkon Thelin on double bass. This is the debut album of the charming and virtuoso trio often described as the ‘enfant terribles’ of Norwegian contemporary music. POING works with … Continue reading

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Looking on Darkness

ECM: “This is the solo recording debut of accordionist Frode Haltli, a major talent from Norway, destined to make his mark on several genres. He was last heard on ECM in the company of Trygve Seim and friends, but his … Continue reading

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Navigations

“Norway 2000 – who do we listen to?” is a music-media concept performed, directed and produced by Kyberia: Tanja Orning (cello) , Victoria Johnson (violin)2 and Randy Naylor (digital coreography). They have commissioned mini pieces from 20 young Norwegian composers … Continue reading

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Faces

A compilation of music by young, Norwegian composers conducted by Christian Eggen. Lars Petter Hagen, Trond Reinholdtsen, Bendik Hagerup, Maja S. K. Ratkje and Eivind Buene have all made their mark as new voices in Scandinavian contemporary music. Born between … Continue reading

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21 Marches for the 21st Century

The Norwegian Council for Cultural Affairs invited 21 composers from Norway and abroad to each compose a march for marching band – hence 21 Marches for the 21st Century. Marches are very much a living tradition among many bands in … Continue reading

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International Rostrum of Composers 1955-1999

Works selected by the IRC for its annual performance-broadcasts, with introductions and notes on the music in the accompanying 64-page booklet, make this a must-have for collectors of late 20th century music. 6 CDs. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Contents: … Continue reading

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