the im­age oF melan­choly

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Bjarte Eike (BIS SACD 2057) The ram­bunc­tious leader of the ale­house gang turns melan­cholic and leads his troupe on an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of folk and El­iz­a­bethan idioms to find the beauty at the heart of sor­row. The ses­sion was pre­pared by a re­treat to the coun­try­side in Nor­way where the six mu­si­cians and a singer delved deep into the ex­pres­sive im­age of melan­choly. The re­sults are stun­ning. The po­tency of the mu­sic-mak­ing is matched by the un­ri­valled acous­ti­cal magic of BIS’s en­gi­neers, who cap­tured the sound of Eike’s fid­dle and the air around it as well as any­one in the busi­ness. Eike is aided by a se­cond vi­o­lin­ist, a vi­o­lone, a vi­ola, a cou­ple of cel­los, a lute and an or­gan as well as by some mod­est elec­tronic ‘sound­scapes’ by Jon Balke. So­prano Berit Nor­bakken Solset is re­splen­dent in six songs, her vi­brato-less tone rang­ing from icy de­tach­ment to heart­break­ing plan­gency. Fritz Bal­wit

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