[ Tekst: traditional ]
MR 16 "Folkways"
This is CD which features folksong. The pieces are mainly Norwegian traditional folksongs. Several of them were gathered and written down by Karin Krog´s great grandfather Anders Heyerdahl, around 1860. This was at the time when Edward Grieg was also finding inspiration from Norwegian folkmusic.
Anders Heyerdahl was a violinist and composer who wrote a number of works for strings and piano.
Greatly interested in folkmusic, Anders travelled around collecting and transcribing songs that he heard in the valleys. On this CD you can hear several of the folktunes Heyerdahl collected, including dances, (Halling), these are songs invoking the spirits of the woods. There is also a Lokk - a song with which the cowgirls called the cows home, a lullaby called «Bansull», and a composition by Norway’s leading contemporary composer Arne Nordheim, arranged by John Surman and called «Raga Variations». On this piece Nordheim has treated the Norwegian «Selje flute» electronically and the piece is performed with voice, oboe and soprano sax.
On many of the pieces I am accompanied by John Suman, who moves between alto, bass and contra-bass clarinets, soprano saxophone and piano. Mats Berglund, the great Swedish violinist also appears on some of the pieces.
The CD opens with the well known British folksong, "Waly, Waly" - sometimes known as «The Water is Wide»