Trondheim Solistene/Souvenir Part 1 180g LP
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the June 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
DXD 352.8kHz/24bit Direct Metal Master 180 Gram Audiophile Grade Vinyl!
This project was produced exclusively for 180g audiophile vinyl. Souvenir has
been referred to as "the most beautiful music ever composed for the string
orchestra". Ensemble leaders Řyvind Gimse and Geir Inge Lotsberg decided early
for Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence" and 2L opted for the "Serenade for
The Trondheim Soloists are regarded as one of the top chamber orchestras in the
world. Their Divertimenti and their Folk Style were both nominated for a total
of five Grammy Awards in categories "Best Small Ensemble", "Best Engineered
Album" and "Best Surround Sound Album".
Two weeks were allocated in 2011 to record this album. Artistic director Řyvind
Gimse and his associate Geir Inge Lotsberg initially chose two pieces that
represent, in their estimation, "the most beautiful music ever composer for the
string orchestra": Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and his Serenade for
Strings. Aiming for a 90 minute program, they were left with 30 more minutes to
record, so the orchestra and 2L logged on to Facebook and asked the listeners
worldwide what they'd like to hear. The audience responded: Nielsen's Suite Opus
1. A little gem that would exploit the Trondheim Soloists' singular way with
Inspired by Morten Lindberg's extensive work with choral music, the
Tchaikovsky's SERENADE was recorded with the ensemble placed in mixed voices,
meaning no one is sitting beside anyone playing the same part, creating a
totally new soundscape to the music. Carl Nielsen's SUITE opus 1 is recorded in
a more "traditional" way in these sessions.
"Through its dynamic co-operation TrondheimSolistene (the Trondheim Soloists)
and 2L has always sort to stretch the boundaries of what is possible to convey
to the listener, aiming for the ultimate recorded listening experience. With the
Serenade the team has taken things one step further with the TrondheimSolistene
truly justifying their name. By placing each individual next to someone from a
different voice rather than sitting in conventional sections we are working at
the very outer limits of what is possible and creating chamber music at the
highest level" - Řyvind Gimse, 2012.
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Řyvind Gimse, artistic director
Geir Inge Lotsberg, leader
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy (1840-1893)
Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48
I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina
Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48 (cont.)
IV. Finale (Tema Russo)
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 1
Recorded May and October 2011 at Selbu Church, Norway.