By Nils Petter Molvaer and Nordic Voices. By Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred. Classical. CD. Aurora #ACD5088. Published by Aurora (NX.ACD5088).
This release is new music with a buzz! With their latest release, vocal group Nordic Voices incorporates ecological perspectives in new music. Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred has written music that calls for action, and trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer is guest of honor on the opening track. The Bee Madrigals is a cycle of six songs presenting a dystopic development - a possible non-distant future - if we don't solve the issues that cause the mysterious condition called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Bees, as we know, are essential for vast pollination work throughout the flowering world. CCD seems to have many causes, but one of the most significant is the use of chemicals in agriculture. Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred has turned this gloomy development into beautiful and wistful music for six voices alone, specially written for Nordic Voices.