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Halvorsen, Johan - Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Järvi, Neeme


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Melina Mandozzi (violin), Ilze Klava (viola),
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

This is the fourth and final volume of colourful and highly appealing orchestral works by the Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. The series is performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Neeme Järvi.

Based on the Passacaille (Chaconne) from the Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G minor by Handel, Halvorsen's Passacaglia is a virtuosic duo for solo violin and viola, later made world famous by artists such as Leopold Auer and Jascha Heifetz.

It starts as a simple arrangement of Handel's original score, but after the presentation of the theme and the first three variations it gradually differs more and more, until it finally frees itself entirely from the original and becomes pure 'Halvorsen'.

Halvorsen wrote extensively for the stage, and his lifelong fascination with 'exotic' elements in music is evident in the 'Dance Scene' from the incidental music to Knut Hamsun's Queen Tamara, a historical play set in the Caucasus. In contrast, the Symphonic Intermezzo from the music to Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson's The King is presented in the style of a tone poem, its language strongly influenced by the musical universe of Liszt and Wagner.

Also on this disc is Halvorsen's orchestration of Grieg's piano piece Norwegian Bridal Procession. Other versions exist, among others by Frederick Delius, but in Grieg's eyes only a native Norwegian could portray rural Norway in music without becoming too romantic or picturesque. Halvorsen's lush, but non-idealising orchestration proved an immediate success, and at concerts and in the theatre over the next twenty-six years Halvorsen conducted the work at least 140 times.

Halvorsen considered his Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures to be one of his best works. The suite is colourful and vividly programmatic, drawn from music that Halvorsen had written for a children's comedy: violins portray the fairy tale hero, the flute plays the part of the abducted princess, while the villainous troll is represented by a motif in the bass.


Fakta
Artikelnummer CHAN10710
Streckkod 0095115171028
Utgivningsdatum 2012-04-12
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Utövare
Dirigenter Järvi, Neeme
Kompositörer Halvorsen, Johan
Disk: 1
1 Rhapsodies norvégiennes Nos 1 and 2
2 Passacaglia for violin and viola
3 Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures, including 'Dance of
4 Dance Scene from 'Queen Tamara'
5 Symphonic Intermezzo from 'The King'
6 Norwegian Festival Overture
7 Norwegian Bridal Procession
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