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Unbroken Dreams

by Josefine Opsahl & Trine Opsahl

Trine and Josefine Opsahl’s latest album, ”Unbroken Dreams” is a string of 13 beautiful, melodic and uplifting pieces, all composed by Trine, with lively and innovative cello voices by Josefine.
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1. The Last Grasp of Winter
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2. A Star in Heaven Is Born Tonight
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3. Dawn / The Light Dances My Love
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4. Drifting On Silky Clouds
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5. A Fairytale
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6. Diving Into an Ocean of Love
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7. I Am Your Moon and Your Moonlight Too
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8. Somewhere in a Hidden Memory
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9. Castle of Unbroken Dreams
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10. Sterna Paradisae
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11. Rosebed Garden
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12. Norwegian Summer
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13. Ladybirds and Butterflies
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
'Beautifully deep cello playing and delicious harp sounds with a Celtic silver lining'.

Trine and Josefine Opsahl’s latest album, ”Unbroken Dreams” is a string of 13 beautiful, melodic and uplifting pieces, all composed by Trine, with lively and innovative cello voices by Josefine. The music moves with references to Nordic-Celtic folk music between classical music and folk, between world and playful improvisation, resulting in a unique and contemporary expression.

Trine Opsahl composes music and plays the Celtic harp. She is Denmark's first certified therapeutic harp Practitioner (CHTP) and works at two hospices in Copenhagen. She has previously released two solo albums and the album "Leaving my Silent Empty House" with Josefine. The solo album "Somewhere in a Hidden Memory" was award-nominated in 2013 by ZMR (Zone Music Reporter) in the US. Trine's music is released in Europe, USA and Asia and distributed worldwide.

Josefine Opsahl studies cello at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a versatile, classical cellist with a flair for folk music and avant-garde. She plays with the progressive folk band Kottos and is part of the groundbreaking sound collective We like We, who appeared at this year's Roskilde Festival. Trine and Josefine are mother and daughter.

The album is recorded in the Concert Hall at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and mixed and mastered by Tonmeister Franziska Wackerhagen.

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

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Unlike Trine’s previous album which featured a number of shorter pieces and interludes, ”Unbroken Dreams” has 13 full length tracks, with many in the 5 to 7 minute range. The album opens with a piece called ”The Last Grasp Of Winter.” The first thing that struck me about the music was the tonal contrast between the airy lightness of the harp with it’s heavenly connotations, and the considerably more earthy warm woody sounds of the cello, played here by her talented daughter and musical partner Josefine. I don’t recall hearing these two instruments together in a duet before and I appreciated the yin/yang balance of them. It was interesting to think that although they are both stringed instruments, they couldn’t be more different in sound and the timbral range they inhabit. Since the cello is by nature more of a solo instrument, for the most part, the harp provides the background and the atmosphere that Josefine’s cello soars in. There are also times when the cello refrains and the harp is heard by itself.

I found the song names to be quite well chosen and remarkably descriptive of the music. Compositions like ”Drifting On Silky Clouds,” ”A Fairytale,” ”Diving Into An Ocean Of Love,” and more, sound pretty much like you’d expect them to as reflected by their titles. I liked the somewhat Celtic feel of ”Castle Of Unbroken Dreams,” which had a cinematic qualtiy that I could imagine being in a film soundtrack. I had a similar sense about ”Rosebed Garden,” which was absolutely gorgeous and was one of my favorite tracks on the album. There is a heartfelt warmth and sentimentality in it that I found quite moving.

”Unbroken Dreams” is an album filled with exquisite artistry and intricate interplay. It is often said that certain musicians who play together have ”chemistry” with each other. In this case, it goes beyond having chemistry to sharing DNA. There is a quality in the interaction of Trine and Josefine that seems both transcendent and effortless in its flow. The blend of the earthy and the ethereal on “Unbroken Dreams” makes for a beautifully uplifting and heart-warming listening experience that is nourishing to the body, mind, and spirit.

To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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Kathy Parsons

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"Unbroken Dreams" is the second release from the Danish duo, Celtic harpist Trine Opsahl and her cellist daughter, Josefine Opsahl. Hmmm - harp and cello? Sounds pretty mellow and relaxing, doesn’t it? It is, but the music is also complex enough to invite repeated listens while allowing your soul to be bathed in the warm, soothing qualities of the music. All thirteen pieces on the album are original compositions with strong classical influences, sometimes incorporating folk and new age stylings as well. The crisp, sparkling sound of the plucked harp strings is an amazingly effective pairing with the velvety-smooth bowed strings of the cello.

It is interesting to note that Trine Opsahl’s favorite work is time spent playing at the bedside of hospice patients in the Copenhagen area to facilitate peaceful transitions. She actively promotes the idea of harp therapy in palliative care and music therapy within Denmark’s health care system while playing to patients in hospitals, hospices and rest homes. I can easily see how this music could be healing at a very profound level as well as helping to ease away the stresses of daily life.

Josefine began improvising on the cello when she was 12 and is currently finishing her Masters Degree. She is a sought-after classical cellist, but is also attracted to contemporary classical music, avant-garde forms of expression, and the use of electronics and improvisation.

Many of the titles of the pieces have a nature theme and are quite descriptive of the music as well. “A Star in Heaven is Born Tonight” contrasts the dark cello (sky) and the bright, twinkling harp (stars) - peaceful with a quiet energy that soothes. “Dawn/The Light Dances My Love” is a bit more ambient and experimental, but captures perfectly the soft colors and promise of a new day. “A Fairytale” hints of a magical place where dreams come true. The cello provides the narrative of the story while the harp sprinkles fairy dust. I LOVE “Diving Into an Ocean of Love,” my favorite piece in the collection. The earthy yet passionate cello pours out a poignant and heartfelt melody as the harp provides a flowing background - gorgeous! “I Am Your Moon and Your Moonlight Too” is another exceptional beauty - quiet but very powerful. “Somewhere In a Hidden Memory” is the title track from Trine’s previous solo album, this time a soulful duet. The lovely “Rosebed Garden” somehow casts the same kind of intoxicating spell as being in the midst of a rose garden, drinking in the beauty of the colors as well as the aroma of the blossoms. I can almost smell the roses now! The closing “Ladybirds and Butterflies” has a gentle melody that seems to be telling a story, much like a folk ballad, ending the album with a contented sigh.

"Unbroken Dreams" is a beautiful masterpiece for the music alone. Relaxation, healing, and stress relief are bonuses for listeners. This music is perfect for so many situations, but be sure to really listen to it to hear the full yet subtle impact of the music. Very highly recommended!
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