With the new release Essays, the ensemble Music for a while continue its journey of
interpreting centerpieces of the classical song canon.
Together with the albums Graces that refrain (2012) and Canticles of Winter (2014), Essays completes a trilogy dedicated to interpretations of classical music.
Essays is the band's 4th studio album, with songs written over three centuries, between 1614 and 1911, from the baroque masters of Monteverdi, Rameau and Charpentier, to the romantic era of Schumann, Brahms, Grieg and Fauré. The songs on the album are sung in French, Italian, German and Norwegian, as well as in English in two songs by Elgar and
Engel. The Norwegian tenor, Magnus Rommetveit Staveland is a guest on the love
duet Pur ti miro by Claudio Monteverdi. Thematically all the songs on this album
circle around the ever-present themes of love and longing, represented by images
and stories, thoughts and - Essays - or attempts on love.
Music for a while consists of the award-winning Norwegian mezzo-soprano
Tora Augestad and a group of outstanding Norwegian musicians:
multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen, Trygve Brøske, Mathias Eick, Martin Taxt og
Music for a while started as an ensemble in 2004. Originally interpreting
songs by Kurt Weill, set to lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, it soon transcended into a
genre-wandering band, digging into the European cultural heritage of western
classical music. This group of musicians originates from jazz, rock, bluegrass, pop
music, classical, contemporary and experimental music. Music for a while is a
collective who enjoys rediscovering and revisiting songs that have belonged to
This album takes the classical variations even further, adding a variety of
instruments, such as banjo, pedal steel guitar, pump organ and grand piano to the
equation. Recorded in Propeller Recordings by Mike Hartung. Produced by Tora