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Krishna Nagaraja, Meta4 – Tales from Norway (FLAC)

Krishna Nagaraja, Meta4 - Tales from Norway (FLAC)

Krishna Nagaraja, Meta4 – Tales from Norway (FLAC)

Composer: Krishna Nagaraja
Performer: Krishna Nagaraja, Meta4
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Challenge
Catalogue: CC72914
Release: 2022
Size: 303 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Stringar for string quartet
01. I. Udelt takt
02. II. Telespringar
03. III. Valdresspringar

A Norwegian Suite for solo Hardanger fiddle
04. I. Lyarslått
05. II. Nøkkenslått
06. III. Huldreslått
07. IV. Vandreslått

“Tales from Norway” transforms musical stories from Norwegian folk traditions into new compositions that defy genre-related labelling and envision a broader, bolder concept of “contemporary music”.


The string quartet Stringar devotes each of its three movements to a specific strand of the Norwegian “springar” tunes, synthesised with elements coming from disparate – albeit never gratuitous – directions. Western art music, Indian rhythms, progressive metal and semi-improvisatory techniques engage in a dialogue with the unusual rhythms and melodic turns of the Western Norwegian “udelt takt springars”, the time-bending “telespringars” from Telemark and the hypnotic “valdresspringars” from the mountainous slopes of Valdres.


Ancient traditions from the secluded valley of Setesdal tell tales of forests, mountains and magical beings through melodies carved out of stone and wood, shaped by water and wind. In A Norwegian Suite the storytelling is entrusted to the vulnerable and otherworldly sound of the Hardanger fiddle, spinning the thread of folk inspirations into a variety of textures that ranges from the ecstatic to the frenzied. The two works originate from the common space that lies between several genres and enter a hybrid territory that gives rise to something different. The compositional process itself becomes an innermost companion that constantly negotiates its identity with the world around it.

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