Now the encounter has been made into an album titled “Tårnhøye bølger”, featuring ten of Hovland’s most well-known hymns, and is ready for release in August.
The producer, Erik Hillestad, invited Knut Reiersrud to adapt the Hovland hymns for a band consisting of Bjørn Holm (bass), Olaf Olsen (drums) and Torjus Vierli (keyboards), in addition to Reiersrud on guitar and mouth organ. The purpose of the project is to introduce a new audience to these hymns, which represent some of the best church music created after the war.
From the time when he was a member of the children’s choir at Glemmen church, conducted by Hovland, Magnus Grønneberg was familiar with “Måne og Sol” [Moon and Sun]. On the new record, he sings this familiar children’s hymn with his daughter Hanna-Maria Grønneberg. The other songs on the album were new to him. They are all in the Norwegian hymn book, and many of them are very well known by church-goers and choir singers across Norway. They include “Hen over jord et pilegrimstog” [Across the earth a pilgrimage], “Vær sterk, min sjel” [Be strong, my soul], “Tårnhøye bølger” [Towering Waves] and “Se universets Herre” [See the Lord of the universe].
This is not the first time KKV has released music by Egil Hovland. In the early 1970s KKV recorded and released a number of the composer’s major church music works, such as “Allehelgensmesse” [All Saints Mass] and “Missa Verbi”.