Mathilde Grooss Viddal: Lått, for two Langeleiks and Orchestra (2019, WP)
Traditions pushed to the limit in KORK’s orchestral selection: A night of luminous orchestral beauty and drama.
The holy sound of the church bell had the quality to save people from the spell of “dei underjordiske» and if you listen carefully you might hear the magical song of the Hulder.
Two folk tunes, –Langeberglåtten (trad.)’ and ’Sumarmorgon (Eivind Groven)’ – receive a totally new reworking by the versatile musician and composer Mathilde Grooss Viddal. An encounter between two langeleiks (Norwegian folk zithers) and orchestra, performed by two leaders in their field, Knut and Ole Aastad Bråten.
Mathilde Grooss Viddals kliss nye arrangement av to langeleiklåter ble en strålende avslutning. Med Knut og Ole Astad Bråten ved langeleikene og orkesteret som akkompagnatør og nysgjerrig kommentator fikk den gamle musikken en åpen og moderne ramme.
- Maren Ørstavik, Aftenposten
KORK is one of Norway’s most progressive orchestras, and in this recital of four challenging contemporary works, they illustrate how modernist techniques can put pressure on even the most hardened musical traditions. Soloists Knut Aastad Bråten and Ole Aastad Bråten are recognized as master musicians of Norwegian folk, deeply rooted within the tradition but able to build bridges outward to other musical cultures. This programme challenges their talents by placing them in vibrant contemporary settings.
Klassekampen Musikkmagazinet, 9 Sep. 2019