Jordlys Hege Høisæter
- Gisle Kverndokk (b. 1967):
- 1Hälfte des Lebens05:12
- Kjell Mørk Karlsen (b. 1947): Engel og stjerne:
- 2Engel og stjerne: I. Dette eine02:36
- 3Engel og stjerne: II. Kvarandre01:39
- 4Engel og stjerne: III. Jamne bølgjer01:51
- 5Engel og stjerne: IV. Engel og stjerne01:57
- 6Engel og stjerne: V. Ingenting03:08
- Synne Skouen (b. 1950):
- Thomas Sleeper (b. 1956): Triptych:
- 8Triptych: I. Before the passion02:17
- 9Triptych: II. Crucifixus01:58
- 10Triptych: III. Pietà02:09
- Synne Skouen:
- 11Memento Malin03:06
- Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen (1903 - 1984): Trøytt hjarte:
- 12Trøytt hjarte: I. Ver still mi sjel02:09
- 13Trøytt hjarte: II. Trøytt hjarte01:53
- 14Trøytt hjarte: III. Da du var ung02:28
- Synne Skouen:
- 15Det bittelille lyset01:17
- Synne Skouen: Tåkesanger:
- 16Tåkesanger: I. Sang 101:04
- 17Tåkesanger: II. Sang 201:18
- 18Tåkesanger: III. Elfis parole00:38
- 19Tåkesanger: IV. Sang 300:23
- 20Tåkesanger: V. Sang 401:09
- 21Tåkesanger: VI. Call Notes01:25
- Kjell Mørk Karlsen: Ein stille vind:
- 22Ein stille vind: I. Svevnens kjærleik02:12
- 23Ein stille vind: II. Har vore02:53
- 24Ein stille vind: III. Ein stille vind02:39
- 25Ein stille vind: IV. Berre veit01:47
- 26Ein stille vind: V. Uboteleg05:28
- Synne Skouen:
- Rolf Wallin (b. 1957): Drei Gedichte von Rainer Maria Rilke:
- 28Drei Gedichte von Rainer Maria Rilke: I. Liebes-Lied03:23
- 29Drei Gedichte von Rainer Maria Rilke: II. Buddha in der Glorie04:18
- 30Drei Gedichte von Rainer Maria Rilke: III. Schlußstück02:30
Info for Jordlys
Classical singing is a meditation shared with an audience, an insightful singing teacher once said to me. My professional path — the process of developing voice and musicality to my present professional level — has, in addition to remarkable musical experiences and a wee bit of glamour, also presented many obstacles and challenges. I have been compelled to come face to face with myself again and again in order to continue. Fascinating and broadening it has been, this privileged journey, yet also demanding and difficult at times. Coaches and close friends have made audacious leaps possible. In addition, I have had along the way experienced companions in all the superb composers and writers for whom I have been allowed to be an instrument.
I had an ardent wish to be able to record and share some of these musical treasures from my own generation, while my human, transient voice is still in its prime and I can function as an instrument for these works. In close interaction with the musicians of course — one by one in this somewhat unusual repertoire — in serious, beautiful, jarring, strange songs, which deserve to be heard and preserved for posterity.
Some of the songs were composed with my voice in mind. I have collaborated closely with most of these composers over the years — I have participated in premiere performances of operas and larger and smaller-scale works of Skouen, Kverndokk, Mørk Karlsen, and Wallin. One deceased composer, Sparre Olsen, and one foreign guest, American Thomas Sleeper, have been included in somewhat irregular fashion, but their welcome into this circle is no less genuine and heartfelt.
I had a few other Norwegian contemporary composers on the guest list, but with space limited, I had to draw the line. There will be other opportunities perhaps?
Decisions regarding the selection of songs (and their texts) were made along the way, with a few numbers even added after the recording had begun. Such was the case with Synne Skouen's Memento Malin in connection with the staging of the opera Ballerina at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in 2017 (the work earned Skouen a nomination for the Nordic Council Music Prize), and Engel og stjerne (Angel and Star), written for cellist Frida Fredrikke Waaler Wærvågen and this writer on the occasion of a Mørk Karlsen concert in Kampen Church in November 2016. Tåkesanger (Fogsongs) was completed in 2014 but then set aside and has its premiere performance on this release … with the help of modern technology; the work was originally intended for a live ensemble.
It is not a total coincidence perhaps that the earliest authors here — Hölderlin and Rilke — have been important sources of inspiration for several of our contemporary writers, Jon Fosse being one example. Transcience, autumn and death, religious contemplation and mysticism, of utmost importance also life’s miracles, love, nature ... as the somewhat introspective native of Norway’s west coast that I am, I feel a deep kinship with these manifestations of life’s quest and find immense joy and profound meaning in being able to give expression to them. And am happy to be able to add a few Breathers and a little humour!
It is my hope that others listening to this CD will be able to discover a bit of light and sustenance for their own journey. (Hege Høysæter)
Hege Høisæter, mezzo-soprano
also received wonderful reviews for her leading role as Edith in a world premiere of Synne Skouen’s Ballerina at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, September 2017. After having been a member of the soloist roster there for 14 years, her career as a full-time freelancer is now escalating.
In September 2018 she returned to The Norwegian Opera & Ballet as the Countess in The Queen of Spades: ”Hege Høisæter is magnetic as the nostalgic and bitter, ageing Countess.” Aftenposten, 2018
She already started fulfilling her 4 contracts with The Gothenburg Opera performing in ALL the Ring Cycle Operas 2018-2021; in the roles of Erda (both), a Valkyrie and 1st Norne. The premiere of Rhenguldet, including her first Erda, was in this setting broadcast in real time on Sveriges Radio on November 17th 2018.
In February 2019 she sang Maddalena at The Kristiansund Opera Festival. In March the same year she performed the role of The Wife for Oslo International Church Music Festival at the Europe premiere of Upon This Handful of Earth (Kverndokk/Bull). Among her future plans are two major roles for The Norwegian Opera & Ballet – in 21 and 22. She is also planning an extended tour together with distinguished instrumentalists and another profiled singer. More details to come.
In collaboration with LAWO Classics, the solo CD JORDLYS Norwegian Contemporary Songs , is scheduled for release on October 18th 2019. The CD includes several works written especially for and dedicated to Ms Høisæter. A link to Spotify and other streaming sources will be available on this site from the date of the release.
Born and raised i Bergen, Norway, she studied at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at The Norwegian Opera Academy.
Ms Høisæter joined the Norwegian Opera & Ballet in 2002, where her primary roles have included: Sextus (La clemenza di Tito, Mozart), Carmen, Cornelia ( Giulio Caesare, Händel), Auntie (Peter Grimes, Britten), Gräfin Geschwitz (Lulu, Berg), Ottavia (Poppea, Monteverdi), Kabanicha (Katya Kabanovà, Janàcek), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung, Wagner), Jocasta (Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky), and Mescalina ( Le Grand Macabre, Ligeti).
In addition Ms Høisæter has led the casts of numerous world premieres, by distinguished composers such as Synne Skouen, Gisle Kverndokk, Glenn-Erik Haugland, Ole-Henrik Moe, Kjell Mørk Karlsen and Rolf Wallin.
She has been working closely with and performed under conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, John Fiore and Alessandro de Marchi, and with orchestras including The Bergen Philharmonic, The Orchestra of the Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo Sinfonietta, The Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and The Royal Norwegian Marine Band. She sang Suzuki ( Madama Butterfly, Puccini) at The Oscarsborg Opera in 2016.
In addition she has been collaborating regularly with several distinguished instrumentalists in a series of creative chamber settings, exploring the Lied and Art Song repertoire extensively.
Her singing has on numerous occasions been broadcast on national and international TV and radio.
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