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Anders Nordentoft

On This Planet (DVD)


Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen
Morten Ryelund, conductor
Thomas Sandberg, vocal

Anders Nordentoft, composer

About:
Dacapo Records' very first DVD production is extraordinary in every way. On This Planet transcends the limits of conventional opera and presents a new artistic idiom that is ideal for the DVD medium.

On This Planet is a journey through life from birth to death. But it is no ordinary journey. It has been set to text and music by the composer Anders Nordentoft, it is performed by the musician Thomas Sandberg; on stage Martin Tulinius has created a unique unity of video, computer graphics, sound and light – just as the music mixes different genres. Anders Nordentoft's past as a rock musician is combined with his classical training in a brand new musical universe where the concept of crossover is no longer adequate as a label.

Thomas Sandberg is well known in Scandinavia as an unusual mixture of performance artist, percussionist, clown and sound artist. Together with Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen he creates a symbiosis of the human voice and instrumental sound where texts by Anders Nordentoft and the West Indian poet Derek Walcott meet. With On This Planet we enter the same universe as Twin Peaks and Lars von Trier's The Kingdom, where anything can happen and nothing is what it seems. This suspense-filled universe is given musical nerve by Anders Nordentoft in a mixture of rock, jazz, blues and modern composition music. There are no borders On This Planet. Anything can happen.

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Track listing:

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On This Planet (2002)
Opera and Music Theatre
[DVD 1]
1

I On This Planet

1:00
2

II Flaming Home

1:00
3

III I'll Buy You Chocolate

1:00
4

IV In the Valley

1:00
5

V Whispering Sleep

1:00
6

VI Too Much Sand

1:00
7

VII Don't Be Afraid

1:00
8

VIII Wheel

1:00
9

IX Prelude to the Missing Sea

1:00
Lucid King
Final scene
10

Lucid King

1:00
11

Voice and Choir

1:00
12

Stories and Choir

1:00
13

Two Mobiles

1:00
14

1:00
15

Happy Fish

1:00
16

Forget My Face

1:00
[DVD 2]
SPECIAL FEATURES
1

From music paper to orchestra

1:00
(Documentary on Anders Nordentoft)
2

Biographies

1:00
 
3

Internet links

1:00
Total playing time  19 minutes

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No limits - anything can happen!

On This Planet is a journey through life from birth to death. But it is no ordinary journey. It has been set to text and music by the composer Anders Nordentoft, it is performed by the singer and performing artist Thomas Sandberg, and Martin Tulinius has created magnificent stage design with video, computer graphics, sound and light, where the genres are mixed just like the musical genres. Anders Nordentoft's past as a rock musician is combined with his classical training in a brand new musical universe where the concept of crossover is no longer adequate as a label. On This Planet is a new kind of artistic idiom where a symbiosis of the human voice and instrumental sound is created - a tension-filled universe that is given musical backbone by Anders Nordentoft in a mixture of rock, jazz, blues and modern composition music.

In On This Planet we are in the same universe as in Twin Peaks and Kingdom Hospital, where anything can happen and nothing is what it seems. Thomas Sandberg is well known in Danish musical life as an unusual mixture of performance artist, percussionist, rock singer, clown and soundmaker. And that was exactly what Anders Nordentoft needed in the summer of 2000 when he launched the project that was to become On This Planet, written specifically for Thomas Sandberg and ATHELAS Sinfonietta Copenhagen. At that time it was just two songs with the joint title Too Much Sand. Later the number grew to six, performed in May 2001, now with the title On This Planet. By the time of the world premiere on 20th November it was 15 songs with texts by Anders Nordentoft and the Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.

Anders Nordentoft's life-cycle narrative starts from darkness, inspired by the painter Kurt Trampedach and his interest in shamanism - ecstatic communication between this world and the supernatural world.

Marianne Klint

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Sound engineer: Jacob F. Utzon
Recording producer: Preben Iwan
Executive producer: Karsten Wolstad
Editing engineer: Preben Iwan
Mastering: Kasper Johannesen, SDC Studios Denmark

Audio format: Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Digital Surround

Lighting: Lars Egegaard Sørensen
Costumes: Hanne Mørup, Caféteatret
Video design: Mikal Bing and Martin Tulinius
Technical director and production manager: Bert-Åke Persson
TV producers: Morten Larvad and Martin Tulinius
Video engineer: Blue Planet Film
Post production: PNW Film
Produced by Scanframes
Mastered by SDC Studios Denmark

Dacapo Records acknowledge, with gratitude, the financial support of Augustinus Fonden, Danish Composers' Society/KODA's Funds for Social and Cultural Purposes, Danish Musicians' Union , Gangstedfonden and Politiken-Fonden.

Label: Dacapo

Format: DVD (NTSC)

Catalogue Number: 2.110401

Barcode: 747313540150

Release Date: July 2004

Period: 21st Century

Digital booklet (pdf) available for download customers

Reviews

On This Planet fremstår som et overvældende udsagn om at være menneske.
(Ulrik Cold, Børsen)

Disse Waitsinspirerede sange med deres buldrende rå, vanvittigt poetiske og smukt sansede univers handler om livet. Hele livet. Om barndom, børn, forelskelse, død og tilliden til frelse.
(Thomas Michelsen Politiken)

Det er en forestilling, man på stedet får lyst til at se én gang til.
(Knud Ketting, Jyllands-Posten)


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