Norwegian Classical Favourites Vol.2

performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra,
Bjarte Engeset conducting.
Following on from the previous collection of Norwegian Classical Favourites Vol.1, this selection of orchestral works marks the transition between the more traditional music inspired by folk-song, dance and poetry as exemplified by Grieg, Sinding and Svendsen, and the music of the 'progressive' composers active in the 1920's. Amongst the best known are the individualist Harald Sæverud who explained that his music grew “out of the Norwegian soil and the landscape”, the even more radical Fartein Valen, and Geirr Tveitt whose highly individual style is heard in Hardanger Ale, a Norwegian version of Ravel's Boléro.

Harald Sæverud (1897-1992):
Peer Gynt Music, Op.28
1. The Devil's Five-Hop
2. Hymn against the Bøyg
3. Mixed Company
Geir Tveitt (1908-1981):
4. A Hundred Hardanger Tunes: Welcome with Honour
5. Langeleik Tune
6. Hardanger Ale
Eyvind Groven (1901-1977):
7. At Evening, Op.60
8. Hjalarljod Overture, Op.38
Edvard Fliflet BR/EIN (1924-1976):
9. Out Towards the Sea
Gunnar Gjerstrøm (1891-1951):
Øystein Sommerfeldt (1919-1994):
11.Little Overture, Op.11
Ludvig Irgens-Jensen (1894-1969):
12.Bol's Song
Harald Sæverud:
13.The Ballad of Revolt, Op.22
Fartein Valen (1887-1952):
14.The Churchyard by the Sea, Op.20
Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935):
Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales, Op.37
15.II - The Princess Riding on the Bear
16.III - Entry of the Trolls into the Blue Mountain
17.IV - Dance of the Little Trolls


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