Klangen fra de dype skoger / The sound from the deep forests

From the vast mountain ranges of Røros in the North to Mjøsen's flat farmland in the South, extends a mighty mountain-driven current from Norway's largest river, the Glommen. It is Østerdalen (…) right next to Glomdalen, only separated by a mile wide keel, extending from the southeastern slopes of Trondfjeld and all the way to Aamot, the easternmost and deepest of the Østerdalen mountain clefts, 75 miles long, pervaded first by Tysla's and then by Rena's stream, which reunites with the Glommen at Aamot. It is the stunning valley of Tyldalen and Rendalen, the oldest, most fertile and most beautiful farming society in northern Østerdalen.


JB Bull (1916)

Sounds from the deep forests is the sound of a human being who does not separate their identity from their music. It is a sound rooted in a simple upbringing with good values, in a society where time stands still… where, as a child, one can be one with nature and culture hour after hour - completely undisturbed.


Sounds from the deep forests is the sound of a divided human being, in the face of academic norms and demands, whose natural and spontaneous musicality drowns in the correct and restrained expression of the classical world.


Sounds from the deep forests is the sound of a human being rising again, where creativity, will, and faith win in the end, where identity and music are one, while the trivial instrumental barriers are breached and the boundaries only face resistance in their own boldness.


Sounds from the deep forests is musician Bente Illevold's idea of expressing her own life, rooted in tradition, identity, and artistic innovation. Five composers have been challenged to channel the natural beauty and musical traditions of Rendalen, together with the seemingly mellow and measured character traits of Østerdalen, through new compositions for euphonium. The project contains, as of 2019, seven works, where the two largest are preserved on this recording.


The sound of the deep forests


"It is fantastically well performed and the two works form a rather appealing pair, rooted in Norwegian folk music, but developed in different directions."


"Bente Illevold and Anders Kregnes Hansen play with an almost symbiotic understanding and make this a surprisingly relaxed and pleasant experience."


Guy Rickards - reviews/ klangen-fra-de-dype-skoger/




"Here we really get to experience how good Illevold's performance on the instrument is. Her sound is fantastic and not least the interaction with the percussionist Anders Kregnes Hansen is incredibly good."


Trond Erikson - The classical music blog


“Expression should come from our heart and head, regardless of the difficulty level of the printed page. Bente proves that point. She sails / dances through these pieces with a lovely tone at all times and with just the right expression. ”

David Werden -