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Kim André Arnesen

“I have always been a great fan of the releases by Naxos. I am excited to now have an upcoming album released by them. And with the fantastic ensemble from Denver, Kantorei and Joel Rinsema, who I have had the honor of working with as a composer-in-residence, I believe we have created something that many will appreciate. I am especially looking forward to presenting some world premiere recordings on this album.”

Kim André Arnesen, composer

Joel M. Rinsema

“Kantorei is honored to release its first professional recording with Naxos. As the world’s leading classical music label, Naxos’ commitment to providing the best possible access to recorded classical music in the world provides Kantorei the opportunity to expand its artistic reach to a global audience. As a rising star in the choral world, Kim André Arnesen composes music that is heartfelt and filled with artistic and emotional integrity. Audiences will be moved by our performances of his fresh and unique writing.”

Joel M. Rinsema, conductor

ARNESEN, K.A.: Infinity / Choral Works
Kim André ARNESEN (b. 1980)
Infinity: Choral Works
Even When He Is Silent • Flight Song
Making or Breaking • Cradle Hymn

Kantorei • Joel Rinsema


Kim André Arnesen is one of Norway’s most frequently performed contemporary composers. International recognition of his music includes a performance of the beautifully evocative Cradle Hymn at the White House for Barack Obama in 2016. Arnesen’s association with Denver’s Kantorei resulted in their commissioning the warmly expressive The gift I’ll leave you and the eloquent Making or Breaking. Even When He Is Silent sets a text written by a prisoner on a concentration camp wall, and Arnesen’s own summing-up of Flight Song is that ‘music making is the song of new life, fragile as the fall of a feather’.

Listen to an extract from Making or Breaking

Watch the video for Infinity
About the Artists
Kim André Arnesen
One of Norway’s most frequently performed contemporary composers, Kim André Arnesen began playing the piano when he was six and joined the Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir at the age of ten. He was later educated at the Music Conservatory in Trondheim. His interest in music is diverse, but it is choral music that has always been his greatest passion. He has written music that has been performed by choirs internationally. The Denver-based choral ensemble Kantorei and their artistic director Joel Rinsema invited Arnesen to be composer-in-residence for their 2015–16 season.
Joel M. Rinsema
Artistic director Joel M. Rinsema joined Kantorei in 2014 from the Phoenix Chorale. He is a passionate advocate for the professional choral art form, and he frequently consults with other choral arts organisations locally and around the US. For his leadership in his field, he received the Louis Botto Award for ‘Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal’ from Chorus America, the industry’s advocacy, research and leadership development organisation for choruses, choral leaders and singers.
Based in Denver, Colorado, Kantorei is a premier choral ensemble comprised of volunteer singers. It frequently performs at major choral conventions across the US, has toured around the world, and works with composers and conductors of international renown. The group has commissioned and premiered new choral works from renowned composers including Kim André Arnesen, Eric William Barnum, Abbie Betinis, René Clausen, Ola Gjeilo, Joshua Shank, and Eric Whitacre.
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“The performances are very accomplished and deeply felt, and the recording is first class.”
Penguin Guide
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God's Grandeur
Songs of Innocence and of Experience

University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra
University Musical Society • Slatkin
“William Bolcom worked on his settings of the 46 poems of William Blake's "Songs of Innocence and of Experience" for 25 years. Leonard Slatkin conducts a gripping live performance of this ambitious masterpiece, over two hours of music for orchestra, multiple choruses and soloists that audaciously synthesizes wildly diverse musical styles.”
The New York Times
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Songs of Innocence:
Part 2: Holy Thursday
The Passing of the Year

Cromar • Convivium Siners • Ferris
“… I was enthralled by the music on this recording. Excellently performed by the Convivium Singers, Dove’s writing is often achingly beautiful and his text setting is masterly …”
MusicWeb International
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The Passing of the Year:
No. 6. Adieu! farewell earth's bliss!
“If I were Morten Lauridsen and my work was in the artistic care of a choir like the Elora Festival Singers I would feel that my creative vision was in exceptionally good hands … Highly recommended.”
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Mid-Winter Songs:
No. 2. Like snow
Choral Music

Elora Festival Singers • Edison
“The fresh-sounding Toronto-based Elora Festival Singers obviously love this optimistic and transparently honest music. Their blend is superb … Tuning is always spot-on and Noel Edison draws a wide dynamic range from his singers. Climaxes are never coarse and the church acoustic is used to sublime effect.”
  Listen to an extract from
Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine

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