Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: Natten Er S� Stille


Natten Er S Stille (The Night Is So Quiet)


Uncharted Land (Pladecompagniet PCCD 8045)


Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass),

Ole Kock Hansen (piano)


Composed by C.E.F. Weyse


Recorded: Copenhagen, Denmark, October 1991 and March 1992


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Pianist Ole Kock Hansen and bassist Niels-Henning �rsted Pedersen knew each other from childhood, Kock Hansen one year older than NHØP. They were neighbors then, growing up in Osted, a village 30 miles southeast of Copenhagen, and after becoming professional musicians, they became neighbors again when they each moved to Ish�j, a suburb south of Copenhagen, not far from Copenhagen Airport. It was a strange stroke of fate that NHØP should die in his sleep on his couch the very same afternoon of Kock Hansen's 60th birthday, a couple of hours before he was invited to the birthday party next door.

During the years the two performed together hundreds of times, on recordings and at concerts, very often just as a duo. Like NHØP, Kock Hansen was partial to songs from Danish folklore and songbooks. C.E.F. Weyse's beautiful "Natten Er S� Stille" from 1840 is performed as a bass solo throughout, as Hansen accompanies with suitable but not too much reharmonization. NHØP's interpretation continues into a solo that never moves far from the melody. He closes with an ascending 4-note figure � rising from the dominant to the major third � that is repeated three times. The peaceful mood is maintained from start to finish.

Reviewer: Frank Bachmann Møller

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