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Halvorsen: Orchestral Works, Volume 4

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2010


Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi

Ilze Klava


Melina Mandozzi



Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway


Brian Pidgeon


Ralph Couzens

Gunnar Herleif Nilsen


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 72:04
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Rhapsodie norvegienne No. 1

  Til Hans Kgl. Højhed Kronprinse Frederik af Danmark  
  Allegro giocoso - Più mosso - Andante - Ein wenig belebter - Allegro moderato -  

Rhapsodie norvegienne No. 2

  Til Herr Professor Robert Kajanus  
  Allegretto con spirito - Poco meno - A tempo, ma un poco più mosso - Meno mosso -  

Brudefolget drager forbi

  (Norwegian Bridal Procession)  
  Orchestration of No. 2 from Folkelivsbilleder, Op. 19 (1869-71) for piano by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)  
  Alla marcia  

Passacaglia, Op. 20 No. 2

  Duo for violin and viola  
  after the Passacaille (Chaconne) from Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432 (1720) for harpsichord by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)  
  Herrn Professor Adolf Brodsky gewidmet  
  Largamente - Con agilità - Andante - Molto energico - Allegro con fuoco  
 Melina Mandozzi violin
 Ilze Klava viola

Dance Scene from 'Queen Tamara'

  Oriental Character Piece for Orchestra  
  'Dansescene' from the Music to the Play Dronning Tamara by Knut Hamsun (1859-1952)  
  Herrn Kapellmeister Joachim Andersen gewidmet  
  Allegretto - Allegro - Più allegro - Presto - Furioso e prestissimo  

Symphonic Intermezzo from 'The King'

  from the Music, Op. 19, to the Play Kongen by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1910)  
  Herrn Christian Sinding gewidmet  
  Moderato assai - Moderato - Più lento - Più lento - Più mosso - Moderato assai - Andante  

Norsk Festouverture, Op. 16

  (Norwewgian Festival Overture)  
  for Orchestra  
  Moderato molto - Allegro moderato - Più mosso - Un poco più lento - Più mosso - Pomposo  

Norske Eventyrbilleder, Op. 37

  (Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures)  
  Suite from the Play Peik og Stortroldet (Peik and the Giant Troll) by Adam Hiorth (1879-1961)  
  Til mine barn  
8 I Peik, Prinsessen og Stortroldet. Allegro, non troppo, Tranquillo - Tempo I - Con brio - 5:53
9 Troldmøernes Dans. Allegretto - Tempo di Vlase moderato - Coda. Più mosso - 4:32
10 II Prinsessen kommer ridende på Bjørnen. Moderato molto 3:12
11 III Troldenes Indtog I Berget det blå. Molto moderato (a la burla) - 1:28
12 IV Dans av Småtroid. Allegro molto - Furioso - Molto meno mosso - Allegro molto - Furioso - Presto - Pesante 3:03

Halvorsen: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 – 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.

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 form 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 orchestral 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.

He considered his Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures to be one of his best works. The suite is vividly programmatic, drawn from music that he 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.

                    **** (Good)

Norbeert Tischer - Pizzicato magazine - October 2012

"...Strongly recommended."

Barry Brenesal - Fanfare - September/October 2012

“...If all you know of Johan Halvorsen is the stirring Entry of the Boyars, you really should have been collecting Jarvi’s Chandos recordings all along; if not by all means start here.”

Steven J Haller – American Record Guide – July/August 2012

                      *****      Exceptional

Riccardo Cassani – Musica magazine – July/August 2012

"A delightful conclusion to the Chandos project to set down the colourful orchestral works of the Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. The series has been ably performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Neeme Järvi. Also on the CD is Halvorsen’s orchestration of Grieg’s piano piece Norwegian Bridal Procession."

Barry Forshaw - - 6 June 2012

"...Neeme Järvi throughout directs with rich and romantic warmth but no little rhythmic snap too, and the Bergen Philharmonic has been excellently recorded. Most enjoyable."
Jonathan Woolf - - 12 June 2012

"... a musical delight."

Guy Rickards - Gramophone - July 2012

“...Neeme Jarvi and the Bergen Philharmonic play two Norwegian rhapsodies and Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures, together with a number of short pieces all of which catch the characteristic folk idiom. This is the fourth volume of the series which has been very successful in making this music known to the British public.”

Peter Spaull – Liverpool Daily Post – 20 April 2012

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