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Geir Inge Lotsberg – Works by Apollyon, Skouen and Am (2005) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Geir Inge Lotsberg – Works by Apollyon, Skouen and Am (2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:11 minutes | 843 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: 2004/2005 at Sofienberg Church, Ris Church and the Emanuel Vigeland Museum, all in Oslo Engineered by Audun Strype

This is the first solo-violin album by the Norwegian violinist Geir Inge Lotsberg, released in 2005. Three different venues with with special acustical qualities were used for the recording. The works by Apollyon and Åm were commisioned and premiered by Lotsberg in the early 2000. Apollyon (1945-2015), Skouen (1950) and Åm (1952) are among the most profiled composers of their generation in Norway, representing a wide stylistic and estetic range.

Épisème connects to the traditions of Byzantine and Venezian music. But even more, it connects to the melodic and rhythmic representation of neumes (gregorian chant): ictus and intensity, ictus and the tonique accent, ictus and the horisontal and vertical épisème (the dilatation and accent of rhythmic phrases), all which date back to the origin of music.

Notation (Paleography and Semiology) Paleography is the study of ancient handwriting in order to establish its interpretation, date and place of origin. The term refers mainly to the study of Greek and Latin handwriting. In an analogous manner, one can speak of musical paleography, defining its science of ancient systems of notation employed to express music in the visual domaine. In a large sense, its object is the reading of ancient manuscripts in view of a musical interpretation and restoration. In a more precise sense, musical paleography is today limited exclusively to the study of musical symbols, their various forms, their history and their graphic distribution. In short: Paleography is the study of neumatic signs and melodic signification, Semiology is the study which examines the reason (logos) for the diversity of the signs (semeion) in order to deduce the fundamental principles for an authentic and objective interpretation. Instead of drawing on modern aestetic concept of rhythms foreign to the Gregorian era, this interpretation must be guided by the facts that comparative work or the diverse signs reveal to us.


Nicolay Apollyon (1945-2015)
1. Èpiseme. 1: Ictu 08:16
2. Èpiseme. 2: Cantii figuri 05:58
3. Èpiseme. 3: Fugue 04:48

Synne Skouen (1950)
4. Une Soiree d’ètè… 06:47

Magnar Åm (1952)
5. aching soft, aching hard 19:23

Geir Inge Lotsberg, violin


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