Norwegian Classical Favourites Vol.1

performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra,
Bjarte Engeset conducting.
Following Norway's Independence from Denmark, granted in 1814, many Norwegian composers began to look for a specifically Norwegian idiom inspired by folk-song, dance and poetry. This collection of Norwegian classical favorites ranges from pieces by Grieg, Sinding and Svendsen to works by their lesser-known contemporaries, many of which are deserving of wider recognition.

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): 
Peer Gynt Suite, Op.46
1. Morning mood
2. In the Hall of the Mountain King
Christian Sinding (1856-1942): 
Six Pieces for Pianoforte. Op.32
3. Rustle of Spring, Op.32
Agathe Backer Grøndahl (1847-1907):
4. Summer Song
Johan Svendsen (1840-1911):
5. The Wedding at Dovre
6. Norwegian Artist's Carnival, Op. 14
Johannes Hanssen (1874-1967):
7. Valdres-Marsch
Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935):
8. Entry of the Boyars
Ole Olsen (1850-1927):
9.Funeral March, Op.41
Rikard Nordraak (1842-1927):
Maria Stuart
11.Valse Caprice
Sigurd Nordraak (1842-1866):
12.Forest Clearing, Op.15
Arne Eggen (1881-1955): Liti Kersti Suite
13.Bjorgulv the Fiddler
Svendsen : 14.Festive Polonaise, Op.12
Grieg: 15.Norwegian Dance No.2, Op.35
Grieg: 16.Two Elegiac Melodies, Op.34: No.2: Last Spring