August 4, 2007
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, as our wobbly legs continue to recover from the effects of the North Sea, we offer a very special summertime compilation show featuring all things Norwegian. Special guests include, modern masters of the polska, Frigg. A pair of singing brothers, Trond and Knut Moe from the Norwegian National Opera. Pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen performing Ragtime, and sibling classical duo Mari and Håkon Samuelsen perform a tribute to their homeland, "Mountain Vision." In Lake Wobegon, Clarence Bunsen's old college pal, Pastor Cliff, resigns to write the great Norwegian-American novel.

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Segment 1
00:00:00APM Logo Open
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:00:55 GK Open
00:04:03"Norwegian Rag #1" and "Fingerbreaker," Morten Gunnar Larsen
00:11:11GK Intro Syttende Mai script and National Opera singers
00:11:44Syttende Mai script
00:17:40GK talks with Norwegian National Opera singers, plus songs
00:27:28GK Intro Powdermilk break
00:27:53Powdermilk Biscuit Break
00:29:03GK Outro Powdermilk Biscuit break, plus intro Norse script and Samuelsens
Segment 2
00:29:36Norse script
00:34:40GK Intro Mari and Hakon Samuelsen
00:35:09"Mountain Vision," Mari and Hakon Samuelsen
00:39:59"Passacaglia," Mari and Hakon Samuelsen
00:45:02GK Intros Frigg
00:45:25"Danny and I"/ "Cross Country," Frigg
00:50:13GK talks with Frigg
00:52:09"Polka Internationale," Frigg
Segment 3
00:55:26GK Intermission Credits ("Exactly Like You" )
00:59:00GK Welcome Back, plus intro St. Olaf strings/ Grieg music
00:59:25"Varen," St. Olaf Orchestra string section
01:05:01St Olaf Travelogue script
01:08:28GK talks about Olaf Christenson
01:10:14"Beautiful Savior," St. Olaf Choir
01:14:15Guy Noir script
01:23:40GK Intro Morten Gunnar Larsen, plus mono
01:24:22"Donít You Leave Me Here," Morten Gunnar Larsen
Segment 4
01:28:44The News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:43:18"Praise You Our God," St. Olaf Choir
01:45:52Norwegenetics script
01:48:34GK Intro Grieg script
01:49:08Grieg/Married Couple script
01:55:13GK credits
01:56:26"Jalla Jalla," Frigg
01:58:54APM Logo

Photos from the show
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Stephanie Davis Jorja Fleezanis
VocalEssence Finnish fiddler group, Frigg, performs "Polka Internationale."
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Norwegian siblings Mari and Håkon Samuelsen. Vocalist Prudence Johnson.
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Bluegrass greats Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. GK with orchestra and choir
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Doyle Lawson Folk and blues singer Odetta.

Guest Information
  • Stephanie Davis
  • Jorja Fleezanis
  • Frigg
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • Odetta
  • St. Olaf Choir
  • Prudence Johnson
  • Mari & Håkon Samuelsen
  • Todd Schwartzberg
  • VocalEssence with Philip Brunelle
  • Guest Books and Recordings
  • Stephanie Davis
  • VocalEssence
  • Dan Newton
  • Frigg
  • Prudence Johnson
  • Odetta
  • Doyle Lawson
  • St. Olaf Orchestra & Choir

  • Scripts
  • Syttende Mai
  • Norse
  • St Olaf Travelogue
  • Guy Noir
  • Norwegenetics

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