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In Folk Style - Trondheim Solistene + SACD (Blu-ray) [Blu-ray, Blu-spec CD, Hybrid SACD, SACD, Widescreen, Import]

Built To Spill, TrondheimSolstene (The Trondheim Soloists) Blu-ray Audio
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  • Blu-ray Audio (23 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Blu-ray, Blu-spec CD, Hybrid SACD, SACD, Widescreen, Import
  • Label: 2l
  • ASIN: B003IP2Y1M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

In an age of increasing orchestral globalisation, The Trondheim Soloists are known for playing in a distinctly energetic and 'open air' style that's tempting to label as characteristically Norwegian.

In actual fact, that label isn't as tenuous as it might seem. Much of the ensemble's resonant and rustic playing is influenced by Trondheim's position at the heart of Norway's folk-fiddle scene; TTS was founded by a musician keen to cultivate a Nordic playing style connected to indigenous mountain music.

This album exploits that–travelling from small-c 'classical' music influenced by the folk tradition to music played by and conceived for folk instruments but cast with string orchestra backing.

In the former camp, Grieg's Holberg Suite and Two Nordic Melodies are played delightfully–full of shape and subtlety, unhurried but with an unerring sense of direction. There's minimal vibrato in the string sound and a general feeling of lightness, but textures are varied nonetheless.

The surround-sound (on audio-only Blu-ray) is particularly impressive when arpeggios cross from section to section in the Holberg's Prelude. Be warned though: if you're listening to those passages in standard stereo, you might crave something smoother.

The Suite for Nyckelharpa and String Orchestra titled Abrege was originally conceived for a folk band by its soloist Emilia Amper and subsequently orchestrated by a TTS violinist. The nyckelharpa is actually of Swedish descent–an under-arm fiddle with a chromatic keyboard whose zingy, eastern-inflected tones are exposed best in the infectious five-in-a-bar Balkanpolskan.

Throughout the Suite, energetic Celtic-inflected folk structures are raised beyond the level of pseudo-Riverdance by deft instrumentation, sleek harmonies (including deliciously scrunching diminished chords) and playing that's spirited but impeccably tidy.

Gjermund Larsen's Folk Suite for Fiddle and Strings is less up-front than its companion pieces; its passacaglia-like structures can take a while to get going. But they burst into moments of inspiration on a few occasions–notably in the Grappelli-meets-Prokofiev reel of the final movement, inspired by the ambience of TTS's local pub.

The players tap into its natural rhythms and momentum no less than you'd hope. "Music is impulsive, sociable and fun," they seem to be saying–here as much as in the Grieg. That, in part, is what gives this ensemble its unique and delicious accent.

--Andrew Mellor

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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless. 22 Mar 2014
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
I'n a major fan of the DVD audio disc but for reasons that I can't fathom it's a format that never took off, and now we have Blueray audio discs which also appears to be struggling to win acceptance.
Hopefully this album will go someway to changing that. Everything about this album is perfect, the choice of material, the playing, and the production. It is difficult to imagine how this could be improved upon, it's so good that I doubt if it would have sounded any better if I'd been there when it was recorded. So if you're a music lover and you've got access to a good quality 5.1 or better yet 7.1 system then you owe it to yourself to get a copy of this. It really is that good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational Folk Album! 28 July 2010
By Keelan Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
The album encompasses two of Edvard Griegs' opuses. Opus 40 and opus 63. Both are very Romantic
in style of composition. They be can be playful folk inspired melodic arangements, or more solemn
artistic compliments of the natural world that Edvard Grieg lived in. I think in some of these I heard
tidbits of something Bach might play. Maybe it's just me. Anyway's, it also includes Folk Suites by
Emilia Amper, and Gjermund Larsen. Two compostions I liked were, Abelvaer, and Till farmor.
I thought Abelvaer had great use of timing. And that the instruments were playing semi independently
at one point from each other. (Around 3:00 minutes) Like each was expressing similar train of thought,
yet separate in timing and melody that leads into a crescendo of unity, and harmony to those thoughts.
And as for Till farmor. Well although short, I appreciated the smoothly flowing sounds that pull's
emotion back and forth from mournfulness to a hopeful feeling. Like watching the waves of the ocean come
in and go away. Overall, it's really good. I recommend it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our first Blu-ray audio-only disk is a huge win! 12 Feb 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
We've been amassing a collection of SACDs, but this is our first Profile 3 (a.k.a. audio-only) Blu-ray. It's superb. And it is as easy to plan as an SACD (on our Oppo anyway)--just hit play. No on-screen menus required. (The second Profile 3 we bought requires on-screen navigation, but not this one.) It would be nice if this format takes off, because the sound quality seems as good as SACD, and a lot more people own Blu-ray players than SACD players. Highly recommended!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound! 23 Aug 2011
By Fletch from the West - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
All of these 2L, Norwegian, Blu ray pure audio disk sound great. The Performances are top notch and the recording quality is virtually perfect. There aren't very many Blu ray pure audio disks available yet but I hope more record companies will join the lead of 2L. If you are a fan of SACD's and DVD-A, these are yet a step up in resolution offering 24 bit / 192k in 5.1 surround and stereo. Try the Divertimenti also from this group. I would also suggest the 2L sampler with 19 of their artist's albums in high res format. Very exciting for audiophiles!
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