Iver Kleive

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Iver Kleive performing at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo 2008. (Photograph by Harry Wad)

Iver Kleive (born 1949) is a Norwegian composer and organist. He is known for his composing style which is a fusion of traditional church music with other musical idioms such as blues, jazz, and Norwegian folk music.[1] He has appeared in nearly 200 recordings as a studio musician, composer and arranger.[2]


Kleive was born in Skien to a musical family. His father, Kristoffer Kleive, was also an organist and his brother, Audun Kleive, is a noted jazz percussionist. He studied church music and organ at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and then served as the organist at the Frogner Church from 1976 to 1981 and the Røyken Church from 1982 to 1985. Since 1987 he has been the musical director of the Helgerud Church in Bærum. He is also director of the Oslo Bach Choir which he founded in 1988. The recording of his Blå koral (Blue Chorale) won a Spellemannprisen in 1991.[3]

Principal discography[edit]

Klieve records primarily on the Kirkelig Kulturverksted label. His principal recordings include:

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1988: Max Reger - Inferno, Symphonic Fantasia and Fugue for organ, Op. 57
  • 1993: Max Reger - Alle Menchen müssen sterben, Organ Fantasia, Op. 52/1
  • 1994: Kyrie
  • 1998: Juleevangeliet / The Christmas Gospel
  • 2007: Requiem

Collaborative works[edit]

With Knut Reiersrud

  • 1991: Blå koral / Blue Chorale
  • 1996: Himmelskip / Ship of Heaven
  • 2000: Den signede dag / The Blessed Day feat. folk singer Povl Dissing
  • 2008 Arranged and played most of the soundtrack of "deUsynlige" (N/SE/D)
  • 2004: Hyrdenes tilbedelse / Adoration of the Shepherds
  • 2006: Nåde over Nåde / Grace of Grace

With Knut Reiersrud and Povl Dissing

  • 2013: Som den gylne sol

With Annbjørg Lien

With Terje Rypdal

With Aage Kvalbein

  • 2007: Julemeditasjoner / Christmas Meditations

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Ellingham et al. (1999) p. 18
  2. ^ Marcussen (30 October 2007)
  3. ^ Spellemannprisen: 1991 Winners