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Henrik Hellstenius - Public Behaviour

Composer Henrik Hellstenius
Performer Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen
Nordic Voices
Jennifer Torrence
Ellen Ugelvik
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Kai Grinde Myrann, conductor
Ilan Volkov, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2665 SACD
EAN 7318599926650
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2024
Total time 53'42

Hellstenius’s musical expression of our anxieties
Upcoming release - available starting 9th February 2024
Ever since he was a child, Norwegian composer Henrik Hellstenius has sought to explore music more freely than by simply mastering the classics. His language, which draws its inspiration from the modes of expression of his time, takes shape in the course of his work through sound, movement, rhythm and silence, as well as in his encounters with musicians and their instruments.

Here, much of what is expressed is part of an intense inner monologue: a litany of doubt, affirmation and frustration being whispered, said, sung and shouted. Everything about these two works, from their titles to their modes of expression, suggests that they are directed outwards towards society in general and towards individuals in particular.

Public Behaviour is about how we act together in an age of extreme individualism. The work presents musical situations in which the soloist, vocal ensemble and orchestra depict encounters and conflicts around the theme of the individual versus the collective space. Together is a meditation on the relationship between ‘me and the other’. The question is how we relate to the people we meet, work with and live with.

The versatile vocal ensemble Nordic Voices performs both works and is joined by some of the best musicians on the Norwegian contemporary scene.
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  Henrik Hellstenius
  Public Behaviour 25'51
01 I. Do I? 1'38
02 II. No Matter 5'25
03 III. Falling Apart 4'31
04 IV. Politeness and Anger 3'26
05 V. Listening 3'18
06 VI. Am I? 1'42
07 VII. The Square 5'51
  Together 27'44
08 I. ♩ = 52 5'00
09 II. ♩ = 58 3'31
10 III. ♩ = 52 2'08
11 IV. ♩ = 52 2'47
12 V. ♪ = 164 6'26
13 VI. ♩ = 46 (instrumental) 2'13
14 VII. ♩ = 84 5'39
  Album total 53'42
ComposerHellstenius, Henrik
Percussion and voiceKjos Sorensen (Kjos Sørensen), Hans-Kristian
Torrence, Jennifer
Vocal ensembleNordic Voices
OrchestraStavanger Symphony Orchestra
ConductorGrinde Myrann, Kai
Volkov, Ilan
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