Recorded compositions

Crepuscular Hour

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 locally. In 2012, the piece was adapted for a performance at the Town Hall of […]

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

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 serenity. The ambiguity in the title of Maja Ratkje’s [intlink id=”6968″ type=”post”]Tale of Lead and

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Trondheim Sinfoniettas has released an album with works by Trygve Brøske, Eirik Hegdal, Jon Øyvind Ness and Maja S. K. Ratkje. On this album: ET OS (Recited by Hanne Dieserud.) Trondheim Sinfonietta har i de senere årene blitt et av de sentrale ensemblene for samtidsmusikk i Norge og ensemblet jobber mye på tvers av sjangere.

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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 for immortality through medication, operations and beauty treatment – no wonder death frightens us. There

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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 Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, Sachiyo Tsurumi, Lars Petter Hagen, Áki Ásgeirsson and Jezper Holmen. Tracks: 1.

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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 Reinholdtsen. Performed by Rolf-Erik Nystrøm and various. On this album: [intlink id=”2510″ type=”post”]ØX[/intlink] Maja also

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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 composers from all over the world, but “Giants of Jazz” features Norwegian composers in their

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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 primary commitment is to the performance contemporary composition and this album features Nordic new music

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“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 representing cross-genres between improvisation, rock, jazz and classical contemporary music. Maja’s work on this record:

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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 1972 and 1976 they represent different views on music, in comparison with earlier generations of

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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: FRANK MARTIN (1890-1974): Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra (Isabelle Nef, Orchestre de la Suisse

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