PORTRAIT WITH HIDDEN FACE
Chamber vocal works by Bjørn Kruse – performed by soprano Eir Inderhaug, together with cellist Ellen Flesjø, pianist Ingfrid Breie Nyhus, harpist Ellen Sejersted Bødtker, bass clarinetist Gjertrud Pedersen, percussionist Eirik Raude, and mezzo soprano Marianne E. Andersen.
Texts by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Fernando Pessoa, Anne Bøe, Paal-Helge Haugen and Knut Hamsun.
Cover art is a drawing by Bjørn Kruse. In the booklet there is also paintings by Bjørn Kruse belonging to each musical work. Producer: Lene Grenager; Recording, mix and master by Thomas Hukkelberg.
Bjørn Kruse (f 1946) studied at UCLA, California and the Norwegian Academy og Music in Oslo, where he has taught since 1976, became Professor of Composition in 1997, today Professor Emeritus. In addition to composing and teaching, he works with painting. As composer, he has a worklist counting over 150 works, from chamber and choral music to larger orchestral works and operas. His latest major work was the clarinet concerto Chronotope, premiered in 2016 by Fredrik Fors and the Oslo Philharmonics.