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Økland, Nils (violin) - Lysøen - Hommage à Ole Bull - Bull, Ole



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"Violinisten och tonsättaren Ole Bull var en av 1800-talets mest karismatiska musiker som med sin virtuositet, improvisationsförmåga och närhet till den norska folktonen hänförde såväl Europas främsta (Schumann och Liszt) som jättepubliker på båda sidor av Atlanten. I hans orientaliskt sagoaktiga villa på Lysöen har nu Nils Økland (hardangerfela) och Sigbjørn Apeland (piano och harmonium) spelat in ett album som fångar gränslösheten hos denne ikon. En ambient musik som rör sig mellan romantiken och folkmusiken men liksom upplöst i kanterna av impressionismens klangkänslighet, minimalismens suggestionsförmåga och jazzens öppenhet för ögonblicket."
(Dagens Nyheter)

Nils Økland: violin, Hardanger fiddle; Sigbjørn Apeland piano, harmonium

When asked by the King of Denmark to name his teachers, violinist Ole Bull famously replied, "The mountains of Norway, Your Majesty", and his work was certainly informed - as is the present disc - by the spirit of place. Once a world-renowned musician, Bull's current reputation rests on a small body of written pieces that tell just part of the story. He remains however an iconic figure in Norwegian music. Ole Bull (1810-1880) was a player-composer who associated with the great names of 19th century music - Clara Schumann and Franz Liszt were amongst the pianists who accompanied him - but also had a lifelong involvement with folk music. From childhood onward he was friendly with local Hardanger fiddle players and he would often play folk tunes in his recitals, or borrow themes from folk music for his concert pieces. Edvard Grieg considered Bull amongst his most important inspirations: "Ole Bull became my saviour. He showed me the beauty and originality in Norwegian folk music." For Liszt, Bull was "quite simply extraordinary. He is a sort of savage's genius, possessing an abundance of original, enchanting ideas." A player of great technical prowess, Bull was regarded by many critics of his day as a logical successor to Paganini. And, like the Italian master, he was an improviser of genius. He was also given to romantic-extravagant performance gestures - such as playing his violin atop of the Cheops pyramid at Giza. Mark Twain and William Thackeray were amongst his many admirers, and Ibsen is said to have based the figure of Peer Gynt on Ole Bull.

In 1872, Bull bought the island of Lysøen off the west coast of Norway and had a villa built there on 'fairytale' designs by architect Conrad Fredrik von der Lippe. In 1974, Bull's granddaughter donated the house to the Norwegian Society for the Preservation of Ancient Monuments, and it has since been maintained as part of the Lysøen Museum. Many concerts have been given in its music room, but Nils Økland and Sigbjørn Apeland are the first musicians to have recorded there. Sigbjørn Apeland plays a grand piano which once belonged to Ole Bull's daughter Olea, as well as Bull's harmonium. Amongst the instruments used by Nils Økland is Bull's Guarneri del Gesù violin from 1734.

From the liner notes: "For years Økland and Apeland have explored Ole Bull's musical landscapes with open minds, and found inspiration to develop their own ideas. In this recording they have chosen to emphasise the contemplative elements in Ole Bull's music. The selection is inspired by the beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings, by the serene ambience of the music hall, and, most of all, by Ole Bull. The album presents partly the performers' own arrangements and improvisations based on tunes that Bull performed, and partly new compositions inspired by Ole Bull."


Fakta
Artikelnummer ECM2179
Streckkod 0602527402468
Utgivningsdatum 2011-04-26
Kategori Violin
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Utövare
Artister Økland, Nils (violin)
Kompositörer Bull, Ole
Disk: 1
Sæterjentens Søndag
1 Stusle Sundagskvelden
2 La Mélancolie
3 Belg og slag
4 Grålysning
5 Sylkje-Per
6 Solstraum
7 Theme from Nocturne
8 Eg ser deg utfor gluggjen
9 Ole Bull-vals
10 I Rosenlund under Sagas Hall / La Folia
11 Tjødn
12 Jeg har så lun en hytte
13 Solveigs sang
14 Sylkje-Per
16 Sæterjentens Søndag
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