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Somewhere in a Hidden Memory

by Trine Opsahl

Somewhere in a Hidden Memory - there is no beginning and there is no end; Somewhere in a Hidden Memory - there is no life and there is no death; Somewhere in a Hidden Memory - we feel love so deeply
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1. To a Wild Rose
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2. A Star in Heaven Is Born Tonight
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3. Sister Moon
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4. Morning Mist and the Breathing of Evening
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5. Crossroads
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6. The Light Dances My Love
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7. Brother Sun
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8. Ladybirds and Butterflies
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9. My Way Up High
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10. Love Waltz
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11. True Thomas
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12. Ripples in Water
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13. Somewhere in a Hidden Memory
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14. The Space Between the Fish and the Moon
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15. Be My Vision and My Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is Trine's latest solo album with 15 melodious and soothing tracks, most previously unreleased. The music is clear and serene, playful and imaginative. It draws on Nordic-Celtic musical traditions and has a clear spiritual inspiration.

Bill Binkelman, Zone Music Reporter says in his review: "There is something magical and inherently soothing about harp music, especially when it’s played by Trine Opsahl. Her newest release (her third) is titled Somewhere in a Hidden Memory and it contains fifteen compositions for solo Celtic harp penned and performed by Opsahl, all of which are lovely beyond description. Some tracks are serene and introspective, while others have a gently laughing effervescence, but all the music is warm and engaging and Opsahl’s mastery of the harp is evidenced throughout. Her playing is emotionally nuanced, technically flawless, and distills to the essence of the Celtic harp’s unique musical beauty."

And Dana Wright, Muzikreviews.com Sr. Staff writes: "Trine Opsahl draws her music from Nordic traditions and uses it as a balm for the soul. She began playing her first Celtic harp in the mid 1990s and has become a force to be reckoned with in the New Age music community. Known as a composer and harpist in Europe, she had developed what she calls her true purpose in life as a harp therapist, composer and performer. Somewhere in a Hidden Memory is her newest release. It was recorded at Nasima Music in Copenhagen and was produced by Samir Cuhtait.

Listening to this album is like drifting on a sea of consciousness that guides you away from the frenzied pressures of life and living. The first piece that lures you in is To a Wild Rose. Like a flower blooming outward in a steady awakening of colors and splendor, this orchestration is short, but you know you are in for a treat for the rest of the album.

The journey continues with A Star in Heaven Is Born Tonight. Languid harmonies ease you into the piece, drifting on puffs of air that remind me of fairytales and ships drifting off beneath silvery moons. Gallant pirates bow to bejeweled ladies and gallant knights kneel to damsels in need of their aide. Dragons be gone from here. This song holds other meanings as well. Opsahl's occupation as a harp therapist offering aid in the hospice field is very visible. One of the finest things in life is to bring comfort to a soul in distress and Opsahl uses her divine gifts to sooth the suffering of those around her. This piece is just one example of an album filled with audible images of peace and tranquility.

Somewhere In a Hidden Memory is the title track for this album and with good reason. It is a tapestry of well woven threads that holds the secret to the colors of life and living beyond the tangible. The center is in the soul and that is the place that Opsahl's music pours from like a fountain of youth and everlasting tranquility.

Bringing my work with me today as I had lunch with friends, they delighted in the soothing compositions of this album and wanted to know more about it. Both are needle work artists who found it relaxing and one friend wanted her grandson, who is undergoing cancer treatments, to listen. I cannot think of a greater compliment than that. The gift of healing in unexpected ways and places is a gift and a blessing.

Opsahl has captured the feeling of eternity in her playing. Drawing on the deepest confines in the soul, she followed her dream to become a harpist, leaving behind her work as an attorney. She is now a part of the IHTP (The International Harp Therapy Program) and uses her gifts to bring others relaxation. Opsahl enjoys her work in the hospice field helping people to transition into new phases of their journey into eternity. If you enjoy blissful harmonies and harp music with a celestial feel, I think you will enjoy this album as much as I did."

Key Tracks - To a Wild Rose, a Star in Heaven Is Born Tonight, Somewhere In a Hidden Memory

November 7, 2012
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Kathy Parsons

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"Somewhere In a Hidden Memory" is a very soothing and peaceful collection of fifteen Celtic harp solos by Trine Opsahl. Born in Norway, Opsahl moved to Denmark at the age of six. Her first instrument was the accordion, for which she won national and international prizes in her adolescence. She graduated from law school and became an attorney for the Danish Justice Department. A series of life-changing events occurred that caused Opsahl to explore and practice healing arts. This eventually led her to abandon her career as an attorney to follow her heart’s true desire. She acquired her first Celtic harp in 1996 and began composing music on it as soon as her fingers stroked the strings. She established herself as renowned harpist in Europe and released three CDs which were recently released in the US. Opsahl performs in concerts, plays at weddings, festivals, funerals, and local church services; she also enjoys teaching Celtic harp. The work she loves most is playing at the bedside of hospice patients to help facilitate peaceful transitions. Quoting her, “Music has a unique ability to bring silence and rest to a busy mind and to those who suffer from illness and distress.” Somewhere In a Hidden Memory is very calming and soothing either in the background or to actively listen to and get lost in.

The album begins with “To a Wild Rose” (an original composition, not the classic by Edward MacDowell), a very gentle but evocative melody played simply and from the heart. “A Star in Heaven is Born Tonight” is a favorite. Very peaceful and full of grace, the harp almost speaks, telling a magical tale of a star’s birth. “Sister Moon” has more of a folk feel - a short and very touching piece. “The Light Dances my Love” makes me think of sparks of light “dancing” on water, casting a hypnotic spell. “Ladybirds and Butterflies” paints a lovely portrait of some of nature’s gentlest and most endearing winged creatures. The motion of the piece is slow and graceful, making is easy to visualize butterflies flitting from one place to the next - another favorite. I also really like the tender and bittersweet “Love Waltz.” “Ripples in Water” picks up the tempo a bit with a rhythmic and sparkling piece that captures the essence of water’s gentle movement. The title track is both gorgeous and poignant, speaking truths from the soul - my favorite of the set. “Be my Vision and my Light” ends our lovely journey with something of a hymn or prayer.

"Somewhere in a Hidden Memory" is one of the best harp albums I’ve heard. Check it out!
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

El arpa celta en todo su esplendor!
El arpa celta en todo su esplendor, así nos muestra la compositora y arpista noruega, Trine Opsahl, su instrumento. Un álbum que toma forma con quince tracks solistas de carácter apacible y dulce; una combinación perfecta para aliviar nuestros pensamientos y vislumbrar un escenario verde, donde la paz es la auténtica protagonista.

La pieza más hermosa de álbum es la que precisamente lo presenta, “To a Wild Rose”. Una música entrañable y cariñosa que nace de unos dedos llenos de afecto. La pasión es quebradiza y el sentimiento mayúsculo en esta pieza, donde imaginar a la artista interpretar la pieza aporta un momento de inmensurable paz.

Una canción de cuna es “A Star in Heaven is Born Tonight”, otra de las grandes composiciones de este álbum. Poseedora de un estribillo y una combinación de notas realmente interesantes, Opsahl acude a las más altas para ofrecer a la pieza un toque de fragilidad y ternura. Es hermosa, es emocionante, sincera. Cautivadora melodía.

“Sister Moon” es de un tono más serio y apagado que las dos pistas anteriores. “Sister Moon” sí recuerda a grandes piezas celtas, donde la melancolía nacía de melodías celtas en bandas Europeas. Es breve, pero fascinante!.

“Morning Mist and the Breathing of Evening” es la música perfecta para presenciar un hermoso amanecer. Ver como el sol surge en el horizonte, mientras las flores son mecidas por el paso de la brisa. El toque continuado y repetido de algunas notas ofrece un toque de misterio a la composición, es la música para el fresco nacimiento de un nuevo día.

Al igual que “Sister Moon”, “Crossroads” es una de las piezas más celtas del álbum por su carácter apagado y buena combinación entre silencios, notas altasy bajas. Pasa algo desapercibida, ya que es una pieza que carece de la fuerza melódica de las piezas anteriores, pero su poder relajante es excelente. Una composición perfecta para conseguir el mejor de los descansos.

“The Light Dances my Love”, “Brother Sun”, “Ladybirds and Butterflies” y “My Way up High” forman un conjunto fantástico, radiante y lleno de luz. Entre algunas notas apagadas, siempre resurge una melodía atractiva y cariñosa. Son hermosas, casi inapreciable el fin y el comienzo de la pieza que sigue.

Otra de las grandes composiciones que podemos encontrar en Somewhere In A Hidden Memory es “Love Waltz”. Un baile de cuerdas y acordes con un sentimiento agridulce, donde nacen notas optimistas y en algunas ocasiones, algo más apagadas. “Love Waltz” es, junto a las dos primeras piezas del álbum, otra a tener en cuenta en este CD.

“True Thomas” es melancólica, donde el arpa juega con los silencios en una melodía profunda y contemplativa. “True Thomas” es otra de mis preferidas, una música que consigue que en el oyente despierte un sentimiento de abatimiento y tristeza. Me gusta esta composición.

“Ripples in Water” es repetitiva, desconcertante con su peculiar repetir de notas. Es una de las composiciones que mantienen al oyente en continua tensión.

Aparece la pieza que da título al álbum, “Somewhere in a Hidden Memory”. Una pieza introspectiva, algo nostálgica. Las cuerdas del alpa dan voz al sentimiento que fluye por los dedos de la artista. Una melodía apagada que deja un desconcierto en lo profundo del oyente.

Interesante el cambio que hace Trine en “The Space Between the Fish and the Moon”, un toque muy oriental en su melodía. La belleza de la variedad reside en su música, todas las notas, los acordes surgen sin seguir un patrón establecido, pero juntos consiguen dar vida a una música inspiradora y cordial.

Un final plácido para el álbum con “Be my Vision and my Light”. Una pieza que invita a soñar, a descansar, donde la artista nuevamente juega con el silencio para ofrecer a su track un encanto único.


Somewhere In A Hidden Memory posee un poder curativo en contra del stress que es difícil de explicar. El sonido cristalino y brillante del arpa, unido a unas hermosas composiciones, capturan nuestro interés con gran fuerza. Somewhere In A Hidden Memory es el escape hacia lo deseable en un mundo loco donde no damos importancia a nuestro tiempo y la compositora y arpista Trine Opsahl nos regala ese tiempo para que lo podamos disfrutar!. Somewhere In A Hidden Memory es un álbum recomendado para realizar ejercicios de relajación, o simplemente, para escaparnos en nuestros propios sueños.

reviewsnewage.com
04/12/12
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
The Norway-born Denmark-based harpist presents 15 original, self-penned tracks that are relaxing, uplifting, and inspiring.

The compositions have a lyrical beauty that envelops the listener in warmth, resulting in a calming, therapeutic effect. This is no surprise as Opsahl has designed this music with this purpose in mind, performing not only in concert halls but in clinics and hospices as well.

Opsahl’s playing also seems to be a natural extension of herself, flowing effortlessly from her mind and her hands. Her tones are equally exceptional, sounding not only like a traditional harp, but at times even like an acoustic guitar, mandolin, or harpsichord.

This album is perfect for those who enjoy the sound of stringed instruments or just need to hear something soothing.
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