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Requiem (KKV / Kirkelig Kulturverksted)

Iver Kleive’s captivating requiem is dedicated to his son Alexander, the 11 September terror victims and soldiers who have fallen in the Iraqi war. Based on traditional requiem texts in Latin, it is composed for choir, organ and two soloists. It was recorded in Lubljana in Slovenia in May of 2007.

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Iver Kleive’s captivating requiem is dedicated to his son Alexander, the 11 September terror victims and soldiers who have fallen in the Iraqi war. Based on traditional requiem texts in Latin, it is composed for choir, organ and two soloists. It was recorded in Lubljana in Slovenia in May this year.

Iver Kleive, playing the organ, is joined by his Oslo Bach Choir, the chamber choir "Mimas" from Tromsø, the choir "APZ Tone Tomsic" from Lubljana, and the soloists Marianne E. Andersen (mezzo soprano) and Trond Hallstein Moe (baritone).

Talking about the background for this work Iver Kleive says:
"We have gone through terrible times. In late summer 1997 my family and I lost what we loved the most, our son Alexander. In the autumn that year I was asked to write a work for "Trondhjems Studentersangforening" (the Trondheim Student Choir). I then wrote Dies Irae, which was performed as an independent work in Nidaros Cathedral in March 1999.

In 2001 the same male choir asked me to write a complete requiem for them. On 11 September 2001, the day I was supposed to start writing, I woke up to the news of the falling towers. To me it would be meaningless to start writing on this theme there and then. I started to write in January 2002. I chose a neutral classical requiem text and wrote the movement Tuba mirum. Then, once again I let it lie for months, until August 2002, a month before the deadline. The ten remaining movements were then composed during three weeks of frenzied work. It took a lot out of me.

Now over the last year when I have taken the time to rewrite the work for a mixed choir, images of the hundreds and hundreds of coffins with the bodies of young men being returned to their devastated parents have continually preyed on my mind.

I have endeavoured to write beautiful music in memory of these so dear lives lost. May they rest in peace. - Iver Kleive

About the performers:

Oslo Bach Choir
The Oslo Bach Choir is associated with Helgerud Church in Bærum, just outside Oslo, and was established in 1988 by Iver Kleive, who has since served as the choir conductor and musical director. The choir has performed a number of church music works in Norway and abroad, and collaborates with many or the foremost Norwegian professional singers, musicians and symphony orchestras.

"Mimas" chamber choir
Mimas was started in 2000 by Ragnar Rasmussen as a joint project between Tromsø University College and the University of Tromsø. In addition to holding regular concerts at these institutions, the choir also gives two or three special performances annually. Mimas, which has collaborated with Tromsø symphonic orchestra on a number of major church musical works, is sponsored by Tromsø University College, the University of Tromsø and DNB Nor.

APZ Tone Tomsic
This choir, composed of students from the University of Ljubljana, dates all the way back to 1926. Today the choir is conducted by Ursa Lah, and has been a pathfinder for Slovenian choirs, with an added interest in contemporary music. APZ Tone Tomsic has won prizes in several European choir competitions.

Iver Kleive – Composer and organist
Iver Kleive is known for his innovative styles and creations in several genres as an accompanist, arranger, composer and performing artist. Kleive made his debut as an organist in 1978. He has since worked as an organist in several churches, most recently in Helgerud church in Bærum where he has been since 1987. He was been an active concert performer in Norway and abroad, and played with several major Norwegian and international artists. He has also given a number of solo concerts, including at church music festivals. Iver Kleive has taken part in almost 200 recordings as a studio musician, composer and arranger.

Other releases by Iver Kleive:

  • Iver Kleive: Inferno (FXCD 74/1988)
  • Iver Kleive: Alle Menchen müssen sterben (FXCD 126/1993)
  • Iver Kelive: Kyrie (FXCD 142/1994)
  • Iver Kleive: Juleevangeliet ( The Christmas gospel) (FXCD 207/1998)
  • Iver Kelive: Hyrdenes tilbedelse (Adoration of the Shepherds) (FXCD 287/2004)
  • Iver Kelive and Knut Reiersrud: Blå koral (Bleu choral) (FXCD 106/1991)
  • Iver Kelive and Knut Reiersrud: Himmelskip (Nave) (FXCD 163/1996)
  • Iver Kleive, Knut Reiersrud and Povl Dissing: Den signede dag (The blessed day) (FXCD 229/2000)
  • Iver Kleive and Aage Kvalbein: Julemeditasjoner (Christmas meditations) FXCD 328/2007)

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Anne-Lise Berntsen and Nils - Henrik Aasheim
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