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24 years after its conception, Nils Henrik Asheim's "Salmenes Bok - The Book of Psalms" is available as a recorded album. This work, commissioned for the inauguration of Oslo Cathedral's organ in 1998, is scored for choir and two organs and creates a narrative rich on emotional contrasts, through 21 settings of the Biblical Psalms.

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The brass ensemble NyNorsk Messingkvintett have recorded five of Nils Henrik Asheims pieces. The selection includes quintet pieces, solo work, larger ensemble, additional instruments as harp, organ and percussion. LAWO classics LWC1221.

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A monodrama for speaking voice and orchestra, by Johan Harstad (text) and Nils Henrik Asheim (music). Laila Goody / Petronella Barker, The Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra / Christian Eggen.  Electronic sounds by Lasse Marhaug. Double CD (NO + ENG version).

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Muohta - Language of Snow (Nordic Music Prize 2018) is availble on the album Lament, BIS-2431 SACD, together with works by Lars Petter Hagen and Arne Nordheim.  Performers: The Norwegian Soloists' Choir and Ensemble Allegria. Read more about the piece here.

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A collaboration between Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, voice, and Nils Henrik Asheim, organ. Opening up the hymn tradition to a more diverse and varied tonality, searching for meeting points between the instruments.  More information here


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Edvard Grieg's Ballade opus 24 and Geirr Tveitts Hundrad Hardingtonar (selection), transcribed for the organ by Nils Henrik Asheim. Played on the Ryde&Berg organ of Stavanger Concert Hall.
“Asheim is a skilled virtuoso, and he manages to create clarity in the most breathless parts of Grieg…

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A by-product of Mazurka – Remaking Chopin. The same 12 Mazurkas, and a few more, recorded in original solo piano version on the Collard & Collard square piano of Ulefos Hovedgård. 


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Spellemannsprisen 2010 (Norwegian Grammy) Remaking of 12 Mazurkas by Frederic Chopin. Many musical styles are allowed to pass by... gypsy, balkan, classical references,  haunting sonic experiments... and Chopin's original piano music. Nils Henrik Asheim (piano) and Gjertrud's Gypsy Orchestra. audio sample

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Per Zanussi - double bass / Nils Henrik Asheim - piano / Ståle Liavik Solberg - drums & percussion
Recorded live at Cafe mir, Oslo
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Concerto for violin, percussion and orchestra CATCH LIGHT, performed by Peter Herresthal and Peter Kates, with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. + works by Hellstenius, Ness and Kverndokk. AURORA ACD5066.  sample1  sample2  sample3  sample4

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Works of Nils Henrik Asheim played by Vertavo quartet,
one of Europe's leading string quartets. Aurora ACD5044
Titles:  Navigo - Broken Line - Nicht - Chase - improvisations x1-5
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6 free remixes of Asheim/Vertavo CD "Broken Line", by Stavanger-based electronic composers.
"...presenting highly individual takes on the subject ...  an overview of the experimental electronic music scene in Stavanger."  sample1 |   sample2 |   sample3

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A sequel to ENGLESKYTS. With singer Anne-Lise Berntsen, at the Baroque organ of Maihingen. "This is culture, tradition and sublime artistic interaction between a great singer, an incredible organ and a virtuoso organ player."  sample1 | sample2 | sample3 | sample4

Norwegian folk psalms with organ improvisations, with singer Anne-Lise Berntsen,  at the Baroque organ of Weissenau.  "The music sounds at once very old and very new, affectingly simple yet inexhaustibly rich."  sample1 | sample2 | sample3 | sample4

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Lasse Marhaug, electronics | Nils Henrik Asheim, organ.
Recorded in Oslo Cathedral. Touch # Tone 30  “Marhaug and Asheim create compositions of remarkable luminescence" (Ken Hollings, The Wire)
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Lyrical music to words and sounds of poet Sigbjørn Obstfelder.  Anne-Lise Berntsen (vocals), Øystein Birkeland (cello), Kjetil Skøien (voice), Nils Henrik Asheim (piano) - Aurora ACD5050
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SPEIL for orchestra [Mirror] - with Norwegian Radio Orchestra
VANNSPEIL for piano trio [Water Mirror] - with Odd Hannisdal / Liv Opdal / Nils Henrik Asheim.
Split CD with composer Yngve Slettholm.

Live improvisation concert in Oslo Cathedral. "There is something extremely spontaneous and fresh about Asheims improvisations... throwing light against the ceiling, fetching darkness from the abyss" (Vårt Land). Norwegian Grammy Award 2005 (Spellemannsprisen) FabraFBRCD-03 sample1 | sample2 | sample3

Short experimental solo improvisations on the organ of Oslo Cathedral. "A small instrumental revolution" (ballade).  "...frequently stunning" (the Wire)
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Paal Nilssen-Love, drums
Nils Henrik Asheim, organ
Improvised music recorded in Oslo Cathedral

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This project belongs to organ player Daniel Buner Formo and is one of three CD's in the series "Hammond Dialogues". He writes:
"After having played the Hammond B3 organ for a good while, I wanted to explore a much broader approach to this fine instrument.


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Improvised music for organ and saxophone.
Recorded in Vardeneset church, Stavanger.

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Arctic Brass plays "Burning Ice" for brass quintet and percussion (Euridice Turn Left, 2001).


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Ensemble music for 5 is one of NHA's very earliest works (1977). It was awarded the Unesco ROSTRUM 2.prize in 1978. On this album it is presented along with music of Bjørn Kruse, Olav Berg, Kjell Samkopf, Bjørn Korsan Hoemsnes and Ivar Lunde.


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Barratt-Dues Juniororkester plays the 7-movement piece "Etyder over tiden" (Etudes on Time). Music that is well suited to young orchestras. Hemera HCD 2915


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Frantisek Veselka and Milena Dratvova are two Czech musicians that influenced the music scene of Stavanger significantly during the 70-80-90's. "Summer's Play" is dedicated to them. ACD 4972 is volume III of the cycle "New Norwegian Violin Music". Available only as download.


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GENESIS for string quartet (1982) is one of NHA's early pieces. On this CD  "1-2-3- happy happy happy", Stavanger Samtidsensemble are presenting the piece along with music of Jon Øivind Ness, Asbjørn Schaathun, Ketil Hvoslef and Alfred Janson.


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The short piece VINDU for violin & piano, played by Ricardo Odriozola and Jarle Rotevatn, incluced in the album Miniatures with BIT 20 ensemble. ACD 4985


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The short piece "Preludium" from the cycle ORKAN is included here on cellist Aage Kvalbein's TEN NORWEGIAN SHORT STORIES
AURORA (2005) ACD5040

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Njål Vindenes plays "Varp" for guitar solo by Nils Henrik Asheim.
Also: works by Åm, Ginastera, Berio, Britten
CD title: SEQUENZA. Albedo ALBCD019