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Svendsen: Orchestral Works, Volume 1

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


Neeme Jarvi


Marianne Thorsen

violin

Venue:

Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway



Producer:

Brian Pidgeon



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Gunnar Herleif Nilsen

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 79:05
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JOHAN SEVERIN SVENDSEN

(1840-1911)
   
1 

Karneval i Paris, Op. 9

12:01
  (Carnival in Paris)  
  Episode for Orchestra  
  Allegro con brio - Più mosso - Moderato - Tempo I - Più mosso  
2 

Romeo und Julia, Op. 18

10:01
  (Romeo and Juliet)  
  Symphonische Einleitung für Shakespeares Drama  
  Moderato ma non troppo - Allegro - Molto allegro con fuoco - Tranquillo - Tempo I [Molto allegro] - Poco più lento  
3 

Fest-Polonaise, Op. 12

10:41
  (Festival Polonaise)  
4 

Romanze, Op. 26

7:35
  for Violin and Orchestra  
  Andante - Più mosso - Tempo I ben tranquillo - Più mosso - Lento - Tempo I - Lento - Più lento  
 Marianne Thorsen violin
5 

Traume

3:44
  (Dreams)  
  Arrangement of No. 5 from Fünf Gedichte für eine Frauenstimme ('Wesendonck Lieder') by Richard Wagner (1813-1883)  
  Sehr mäßig bewegt aber nie schleppend  
6 

Zorahayda, Op. 11

11:31
  Légende pour Orchestre  
  À sa Majesté le roi Oscar II  
  Hommage de profond respect et de reconnaissance  
  Moderato - Più lento - Andantino ma non troppo lento - Allegro - Moderato - Un poco più lento - Ancora più lento, quasi Adagio  
7 

I Fjol gjaett'e Gjeitinn

3:50
  (Last year I was herding the mountain goats)  
  Norwegian Folk Melody  
  Andantino  
8 

Saeterjentens Sondag

2:41
  (The Girl's Sunday on the Mountain Pasture)  
  Harmonisation of a melody by Ole Bull (1810-1880)  
  Melina Mandozzi violin  
  Adagio  
9 

Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 17

7:46
  Andantino - Allegro - Andante - Allegro  
10 

Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 19

9:15
  Allegro - Meno mosso - Andantino - Più mosso - Allegro - Tempo I - Lento - Molto allegro  


This is the first volume in a projected series of four, dedicated to the orchestral works of the Norwegian composerJohan Svendsen. As a composer, Svendsen was intrigued and inspired by the new trends in music represented by Wagner, Berlioz, and Liszt, a fascination which is evident in the works on this disc: programme music and rhapsodies. They are performed by the same strong partnership that brought us the highly acclaimed Halvorsen series: the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Marianne Thorsen on violin under Neeme Järvi, a conductor noted for his recordings of Nordic repertoire. 
 
Svendsen experienced a defining moment in his career in Bayreuth in 1872, when he played in the first violin section of Richard Wagner’s own orchestra. He and Wagner met and struck up a close friendship. It was during this time in Bayreuth that Svendsen completed Carnival in Paris, the ‘Episode for Orchestra’, Op. 9. When Wagner one day
looked over the score, he hummed delightedly and said, ‘It looks amusing!’ – a fitting description of this festive work which shows the influence of Berlioz in its colourful orchestration and clear contrasts. Humour, joy, and breathtaking virtuosity are contrasted with moments of pure romance and lyrical beauty. The premiere was a great success, Edward Grieg, who was present, being overwhelmed by the orchestration.
 
The Festival Polonaise, Op. 12 was composed in honour of the Coronation of the Swedish-Norwegian King Oscar II and Queen Sophie, and brims with a sense of pomp and ceremony suitable for the grand occasion. The work strikes a vivid contrast to Ifjol gjett e gjeitin (Last year I was tending the mountain goats), a charming set of variations for strings on a Norwegian folk tune. It became one of the composer’s great successes, as did the orchestral masterpiece about ill-fated love, Zorahayda, described by the composer as a ‘Legend for Orchestra’. 

“...The Bergen Philharmonic  ... is a finely honed ensemble and turns in committed performances under Neeme Järvi. Chandos’s sound is predictably full and generous. One looks forward to future volumes in the series. “

Robert Markow – Fanfare – May/June 2012


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Riccardo Cassani - Musica magazine - March 2012


"...Thus several facets of Svendsen’s art can be appreciated here; legend, tone poem, orchestrations, folksongs, rhapsodies, and a juicy polonaise. The recordings bloom very nicely and the Bergen orchestra plays with polish and enthusiasm. These are pretty much front-runners now ... CD-minded listeners will be delighted with the new Chandos series.

Jonathan Woolf - Musicweb-international.com - 9 March 2012


“...With the exception of the famous Romance in G (Thorsen’s is nicely realised), there are few competitors for the works included here and none have gathered on the same disc. Järvi once again draws some refined and vibrant playing from the Bergen Philharmonic and Chando’s warm sound is vivid and bright.”

Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – January 2012


"...I greatly enjoyed this CD and look forward to coming volumes!"

Raymond S Tuttle - International Record Review - December 2011
 





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