Ensemble Ernst's "Xtended Hearts and Unheard Herds" is the second release on the LAWO Classics label by the distinguished contemporary music ensemble. This album is a continuation of their first but combines their own commissions with works with international appeal. Their intention is to let well-known names help Norwegian composers gain greater recognition worldwide. We hear works of the Norwegian composers Ragnhild Berstad, Jan Martin Smørdal and Jan Erik Mikalsen, together with Serbian-Swedish comoposer Djuro Zivkovic. The result is a contemporary music bag of sweets in which hopefully everyone can find a favourite. This recording was made in Jar Church and NRK Radio Concert Hall on cold November afternoons in 2017. The recording process was a close collaboration between the ensemble, the recording company and the composers, and the result is, in our eyes, an important recording of the present for the future and for history. Ensemble Ernst was established in 1996, an offspring of the contemporary music ensemble at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Thomas Rimul has been the conductor from the start, and most of the musicians have been members since the very beginning. The ensemble has specialised in recent contemporary music, focusing on composers such as Beat Furrer, Salvatore Sciarrino, Jonathan Harvey, and Iannis Xenakis, as well as actively commissioning music from Norwegian composers. Ensemble Ernst previously released "… BUT …" (LWC1085) on the LAWO Classics label, with music of Nordheim, Sciarrino and Matre.