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The world’s first ever music Blu-ray release is Norwegian.

Trondheimsolistene:Divertimenti

Yesterday the Norwegian record label 2L released the word’s first ever Blu-Ray record.
“Divertimenti” is a milestone in many ways. It is the label’s 50th record release and it marks the twentieth anniversary of the Trondheim soloist whose concert in Selbu Church is captured on “Divertimenti.” A label always at the forefront technologically, 2L (Linberg Lyd) found the occasion right to make “Divertimenti” a milestone also in format.

The Blu-ray technology makes use of five separate sound tracks, which entails a complex recording and mixing process conditioned by very sophisticated equipment. 2L has cooperated with equipment manufacturers and the record now available is the fruit of a combined effort opening up new vistas of sound rendition. The sound is, as with Blu-ray images, like nothing you’ve heard before. Each instrument is clearly positioned, creating a multidimensional listening experience of utmost clarity. But since very few so far have the proper home equipment to actually play Blu-ray discs, the release also includes a SACD disc, playable on all standard CD players and computers.

Trondheimsolistene –the Trondheim soloists- is one of Norway’s finest orchestras. Under the leadership of Øyvind Gimse they have developed into an ensemble of international renown, and undertaken successful tours all over Europe, in America, Japan and Brazil.

Divertimento (of which divertimenti is the plural) is a musical style characterised by light and playful pieces. The effortless and elegant nature of the style has been defining for chamber music as we know it today.

The repertoire on “Divertimenti” is as follows:

Bejamnin Britten: Simple Symphony
Grazyna Bacewicz: Concerto for string orchestra
Terje Bjørklund: Carmina
Béla Bartók: Divertimento for strings

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