Halvorsen, Johan - Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Järvi, Neeme (conductor)

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"Klassisk klarhet präglar den norske nationalromantikern Johan Halvorsens (1864-1935) verk, vars färgrika orkestrering influerats av fransk romantik. Det manligt dristiga i hans personstil tas på kornet av den norska violinisten Marianne Thorsen i 3 Norska danser och Air norvégien för violin och orkester. Fräscht spel av Bergens filharmoniker under Neeme Järvi i den attraktiva Suite ancienne, Halvorsens pendang till Griegs Holberg-svit, och i Symfoni nr 2. Slagnumret Bojarernas intågsmarsch finns på vol 1."
(Svenska Dagbladet)

Marianne Thorsen, violin
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor

Neeme Järvi is back conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, with the violinist Marianne Thorsen, in this second volume of Chandos' series devoted to the orchestral works of Johan Halvorsen. This Norwegian composer, conductor, and violinist was a highly prominent figure in his country's musical life during the first decades of the twentieth century. The works on this CD are all performed by the orchestra that Halvorsen himself conducted in the 1890s. As in the first volume of the series, they represent Nordic folk-based music at its very best: light and airy compositions with the strings firmly at centre stage. Air norvégien was described by Halvorsen's contemporary, Edvard Grieg, as 'a folk-tune medley, but so well done that the result is a piece of art'.

Because Halvorsen spent more than thirty-six years working at the theatres in Bergen and Oslo, a large proportion of his compositional output is music for the stage. The movements of Suite ancienne were originally composed for the play The Lying-in Room by Ludvig Holberg in 1911. The first two movements, Intrata and Air con variazioni, are in the style of late-eighteenth-century serenades, whereas the Gigue, Sarabande, and Bourrée were modelled after baroque dances. Halvorsen himself counted Suite ancienne as one of his finest compositions.

Halvorsen also composed in more prestigious genres and his Second Symphony is commonly regarded as the best of his three symphonies. Nicknamed Fatum, the Second Symphony is inspired by the work's opening motif which, in the manner of the 'fate' symphonies of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, is heard in all four movements. In the second movement, Romance, a beautiful oboe cantilena is followed by a dramatic development that draws on the 'fate' motif, and the brisk main motif of the cheerful third movement, Intermezzo - the fate motif cleverly altered in rhythm - belongs among the most successful, and at the same time most personal, that Halvorsen ever wrote.

'The performances throughout are top-notch and Chandos's sound is of demonstration quality'
Gramophone on Orchestral Works, Vol 1

Also available: Orchestral Works, Volume 1: CHAN 10584
Artikelnummer CHAN10614
Streckkod 0095115161425
Utgivningsdatum 2010-10-25
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Järvi, Neeme (conductor)
Kompositörer Halvorsen, Johan
Disk: 1
1 Suite ancienne
2 Norwegian Dances
3 Symphony No. 2
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