Various – Yesterday Our Way

Various: Yesterday Our Way LP front cover
Various: Yesterday Our Way liner notes (1)
Various: Yesterday Our Way liner notes (2)

On Yesterday Our Way, released 1982 by Philips on their Norwegian Composers series, several Norwegian composers were asked to write music for Renaissance or folk instruments, to be interpreted by members of the Oslo and Bergen Symphony orchestras. The first 2 tracks were in fact commissioned in 1976 by Oslo’s Kunstindustrimuseet, or Museum of Applied Arts, using instruments from their collection, namely a crumhorn and a recorder, and here interpreted by members of the Musica Viva Ensemble. Not that Norwegian composers had to be pushed too much to use folk or ancient instruments, a habit that is part of Norway’s music scene. Even in the avantgarde setting of Arne Nordheim’s Draumkvedet – The Dream Ballad, 1994, a music drama with electronic sounds a-plenty, traditional instruments and folk singers are an integral part of the play.

♫ The compositions on this LP are for solo instrument (Alpenhorn, lure, flute) or small ensemble (crumhorn and flute ensembles). The wonderful Nordheim track is for lure (a smaller Alpenhorn) and a tape of pre-recorded lure with ring modulator effect. Generally speaking, the music on Yesterday Our Way is rather intemporal and would be hard to locate in time – somewhere between Medieval times and 20th century, I guess.

Thanks to reader sto for this wonderful rip. See his other contribution to the blog here.

01 Ketil Hvoslef KIM (7:36)
02 Kåre Kolberg Pasticcio Per Flauti Dolce (6:07)
03 Sigurd Berge Alpehornlåt (4:55)
04 Arne Nordheim OHM (For Lur Og Lydbånd) (7:44)
05 Lasse Thoresen Med Åpen Hånd Eller Knyttet Neve (5:56)
06 Finn Arnestad Vesletjennet (For Tussefløyte And Orchestra) (1:55)

Total time 34:20
LP released by Philips, Norway, 1982


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4 Responses to “Various – Yesterday Our Way”

  1. 1 Matt January 26, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Can’t wait to check this out. Sto’s other contribution looks quite interesting, too. Always a pleasure checking out this blog!

  2. 2 continuo January 26, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Sto has a sure taste, indeed, and his contributions won’t disappoint. Thanks for your comment.

  3. 3 NXP January 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    This is one of the better compilations in this series of albums. And it is a who is who of the first generation of norwegian contemporary composers.

  4. 4 continuo January 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Agree. Though I miss some of Fongaard’s microtonal experiments here. Thanks for your comment.

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