Laura Loge | Breaking the Language Barrier

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Breaking the Language Barrier

by Laura Loge

Songs in Norwegian and Danish, Composed by Foreigners
Genre: Classical: Art songs
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1. Aftenrøden
Laura Loge, Laura Deluca & Beth Kirchhoff
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2. Når De Sover
Laura Loge, Laura Deluca & Beth Kirchhoff
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3. Mose, Rust, Og Møll
Laura Loge, Laura Deluca & Beth Kirchhoff
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4. Lavmælt
Laura Loge, Laura Deluca & Beth Kirchhoff
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5. Lyktestolpen
Laura Loge, Laura Deluca & Beth Kirchhoff
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6. Nattmusikk
Laura Loge, Laura Deluca & Beth Kirchhoff
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7. Sjøfugl
Laura Loge, Laura Deluca & Beth Kirchhoff
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8. Martsviolerne
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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9. Tyveknægten
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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10. Soldaten
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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11. Spillemanden
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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12. Vuggesang
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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13. Ved Rondane
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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14. Prinsessen
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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15. Venevil
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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16. Spillemænd
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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17. Dulgt Kjærlighed
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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18. En Fuglevise
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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19. Jeg Elsker Dig
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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20. Ein Traum
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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21. Elsk
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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22. To a Devil
Laura Loge & Beth Kirchhoff
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Album Notes
Breaking the Language Barrier
Songs in Norwegian and Danish, Composed by Foreigners

This recording gives life to a program that was conceived several years ago, was performed as part of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series in Seattle, and is now recorded so that it can reach a larger audience. The concept and music take a step beyond the typical art song recital filled with standard repertoire, moving it to a place that has become a niche within a niche.

The musical selections for this recording are stunningly beautiful yet are rarely performed, and many of them have never been recorded in their original poetic languages. For years, through my studies, performances and living abroad, I have broken barriers for myself and am excited to share the magical world I uncovered. The composers of these songs have as well, and wrote these songs so they may span distances and overcome barriers of language and culture.

American composer, Abbie Betinis, writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (New York Times). A McKnight Artist Fellow and listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under Forty, she has written nearly 50 commissioned pieces and has been composer-in-residence with The Schubert Club, The Rose Ensemble and The Singers–Minnesota Choral Artists.

Commissioned by The Schubert Club and first performed in 2008, the award-winning song cycle Nattsanger brings to life the time between dusk and dawn as the world transpires while we are asleep. Through Rolf Jacobson's Norwegian poetry, each of the cycle's seven songs highlights different aspects of the night: the relationship of day and night at the sunset, the innocent child-like souls we each share as we sleep, the stream-of-consciousness dreams, the ever-turning and cycling heavens, and the place between vivid dreaming and waking. The addition of clarinet at different points blends, veils, and punctuates alongside the soprano and piano giving the night a rich and complex character.

Hans Christian Andersen's poems, first published in 1830, were translated into German shortly after by Adelbert von Chamisso, which is how Robert Schumann encountered them and then composed 5 Lieder, Op. 40 in 1841. Although he set the German translations, the songs were published in 1842 with both Danish and German texts. Schumann expertly composed music that brings out the epic nature of these deep poems, including all the unexpected twists and turns compacted into tiny, yet powerful stories. With its dedication to H. C. Andersen, Schumann's music and the original Danish ideally connects what both the composer and poet intended. Schumann composed a fifth song in this set to an original German text by Chamisso which I have chosen not to include in this program.

Described by Edvard Grieg as "Norway crazy," British composer Frederick Delius spent much of his life abroad: living in the United States, studying in Leipzig, where he first met Grieg, and when not traveling extensively, dividing much of his adult life between homes in France and England. "Hardangervidda Man," as Grieg often called him, he was fascinated by Scandinavian languages and cultures and set numerous songs in Norwegian and Danish, in addition to French, German and English.

He composed his first several sets of songs to Norwegian poetry. Seven Songs from the Norwegian was the second group published, and was dedicated to Nina Grieg. Primarily from Norway's National Romantic period, the well-known texts by Bjørnson, Ibsen and Vinje were also set by major Norwegian composers such as Grieg, Sinding and Kjerulf.

Delius' composition style reflects his life of travel and immersion in other cultures and languages. He could elicit the sounds of the language and culture in his music, rather than infusing it with a "British" sound typical of composers such as Vaughan Williams and Quilter. These songs are highly melodic, deeply emotional, and because of his attention to the idiosyncrasies of the texts, often take a completely unexpected melodic and harmonic direction, giving them a personality one may not anticipate but will ultimately appreciate.

Seven Songs from the Norwegian are believed to have been composed to German translations and later in life Delius expressed regret about not setting the original Norwegian. They were published with German and English translations and are not available with the original Norwegian poetry. I re-set the Norwegian poems to Delius' music and hope they resemble what he would have done.

Edvard Grieg, Norway's most beloved composer, found his calling in infusing his music with a particularly Norwegian sound, making him a musical diplomat to the rest of the Western world. Grieg did not, however, limit himself entirely to mainstream Norwegian texts. He spent much time in mainland Europe, studying in Leipzig, traveling often to Italy and France, and living in Denmark when not at home in Norway. These songs provide a sampling of his compositions in Danish, German, Norwegian dialects and his singular English song. If we, as utlendinger, can break into the Norwegian and Danish languages, and thus their psyche, then, likewise, Grieg and other Norwegian composers can transcend those barriers and understand and appreciate other cultures by musically expanding on their poetry.

This program has intensified my desire to seek out more music of its kind. Through sharing music and poetry that breaks down barriers of language and culture I hope to make this world seem smaller and more relevant so that different cultures become closer and accessible to all of us. I hope you find yourself swept away by this music and poetry as much as I am.

- Laura Loge


Artist Bios:

Soprano Laura Loge has been hailed for her "luminous stage presence" and "characterful and versatile voice." In addition to concert and operatic performances, she specializes in Scandinavian art song which she has presented across the United States and in Norway. She has performed for Seattle's Syttende mai parade, the Scandinavian Cultural Center's Greater Tacoma Peace Prize banquet and the Ballard Sons of Norway. She organized memorial concerts in Seattle, Washington D. C. and New York City after the 2011 terror attack in Norway. She has performed Grieg's Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, has appeared in the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Ms. Loge provided the Norwegian expertise in translating, phonetically transliterating and recording texts for a new anthology of Nordic songs compiled by Mimmi Fulmer and published by Subito Music.

Ms. Loge received her BM from St. Olaf College. She studied Scandinavian art song at the University of Stavanger Conservatory of Music in Norway, studied Italian bel canto technique and repertoire in Italy, and received her MM degree from New England Conservatory.


Beth Kirchhoff has worked extensively in the Pacific Northwest as an opera coach/conductor, accompanist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She was chorusmaster for Seattle Opera for 13 years. Beth led the Seattle Opera chorus in such productions as Billy Budd, Carmen, The Pearl Fishers, Fidelio, Macbeth, Lohengrin, and Gotterdamerung from Wagner’s Ring Cycle. She was the Youth Chorus conductor and trained children in multiple productions. She has been coach and chorusmaster for Tacoma Opera and Skagit Opera, among others.

She recieved a BM from Bethany College, Lindsborg and a MM in choral conducting from Western Washington University. Among her teacher/mentors were Lambert Dahlsten, Ralph Berkowitz, and George Fiore.


Clarinetist Laura DeLuca joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986 following her education at Northwestern University where she studied with Robert Marcellus. She is a co-founding member of Seattle Chamber Players, a contemporary music ensemble boasting nearly one hundred commissioned works. Music has provided her opportunities to perform in concert halls in Europe, Russia, China and South America. Laura performs with Music of Remembrance, Icicle Creek series and has soloed with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, Cascade and Rainier Symphonies. On February 11, 2011, the day of an historic political uprising in Egypt, she premiered a newly commissioned concerto, Freedom by Alissa Firsova with the Northwest Sinfonietta. DeLuca can be heard on over one hundred recordings and has worked with distinguished composers and performers such as Jake Heggie, John Luther Adams, John Zorn, Betty Olivero, Paul Schoenfield and Artur Avanesov.



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