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 Pål Hausken.
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.