New solo album

The oeuvre for accordion of Arne Nordheim (1931-2010) belongs to the standard of the international repertoire for the instrument, but has never been presented as a whole – until now.

‘If I can write a piece for aquarium?’, Arne Nordheim exclaimed. This story was told by the legendary Danish accordinonist Mogens Ellegaard (1935-1995), after having approached Nordheim on a bad phone line in 1967. His invitation, after the initial misunderstanding had been cleared, resulted in Nordheim’s first work for accordion. All in all he wrote five pieces, all of them associated with Ellegaard. In fact Ellegaard also contributes on this recording also, as it is his playing we hear on the tape track for ‘Dinosauros’.

Haltli describes in the liner notes how he finds Nordheim’s scores very open for interpretation, particularly the original manuscripts. Together with Christian Eggen and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra he has recorded a haunting version of the solo concerto ‘Spur’. The trio ‘Signals’ also features the phenomenal guitarist Raul Björkenheim and percussionist Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen.

The CD booklet contains three articles: Ole-Henrik Moe has written about Arne Nordheim in an international perspective as well as his first experiences with his music; Jon Faukstad has focused on accordion pioneer Mogens Ellegaard who collaborated with Nordheim from 1967; Frode Haltli has described his motivation behind this recording of Arne Nordheim’s complete works for the accordion.

Read more and listen to excerpts from the album in the discography section.