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Halvorsen: Orchestral Works

Halvorsen: Orchestral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2014

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

Artists:

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


Neeme Jarvi


Ragnhild Hemsing

Hardanger fiddle

Ilze Klava

viola

Marianne Thorsen

violin

Melina Mandozzi

violin

Venue:

Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway



Producer:

Brian Pidgeon



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Gunnar Herleif Nilsen

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 302:38
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JOHAN HALVORSEN

(1864-1935)
1 

Bojarernes Indtogsmarsch

4:30
  (Entry March of the Boyars)  
  for Orchestra  
2 

Andante religioso

5:57
  for Solo Violin and Orchestra  
  Andante - Andante con moto - Più mosso - Tempo I - Tranquillo - Tempo I  
 

Suite from 'Mascarade'

27:54  
3 1 Holberg-Ouverture. Allegro moderato - Poco meno mosso - 5:35
4 2 Cotillon. Introduktion Allegro - Allegro - Un poco meno mosso - Coda 2:21
5 3 Menuetto. Introduktion ad lib. - [ ] - Più mosso 4:14
6 4 Hanedansen. Allegro moderato - Con grandezza - Un poco animato - Coda 3:41
7 5 Gavotte. [ ] - Musette. [ ] 2:42
8 6 Molinasque (Grotesk dans). Allegro moderato - Coda. Più mosso 2:34
9 7 Kehraus (Bachanal). Vivace molto 1:04
10 8A Arietta. Andante con moto - Più mosso - Poco meno - Più mosso - 3:37
11 8B Passepied. Allegretto grazioso - Meno mosso 2:04
   
12 

La Melancolie

2:28
  Mélodie de Ole Bull (1810-1880)  
  Andante  
 Melina Mandozzi violin
 

Symphony No. 1

35:25  
  in C minor - n c-Moll - en ut mineur  
  Hjalmar Borgstrøm tilegnet  
13 I Allegro non troppo - Un poco più mosso - Poco meno mosso - 11:50
14 II Andante - Più mosso - Tempo I - Molto più mosso - 8:18
15 III Scherzo. Lento - Allegro con spirito - Allegretto - 6:38
16 IV Finale (Rondo). Introduction Andante - Allegro deciso - Un poco meno mosso - 8:24
   
 

Suite ancienne. Op. 31a

25:25  
  (á la mémoire de Ludvig Holberg)  
  Nationalteatrets Orkester i Kristiania tilegnet  
17 I Intrata. Allegretto moderato 4:47
18 II Air con variazioni. Andantino - 9:13
  1. Moderato -  
  2. Allegro con brio -  
  3. Allegro commodo -  
  4. Stesso tempo -  
  5. Andante -  
  6. Allegro moderato (Tempo di Rigadon) -  
  7. [ ] -  
  8. Allegro marciale - Andantino sostenuto  
19 III Gigue. Allegro - Allegro molto 4:15
20 IV Sarabande. Andante sostenuto 3:04
21 V Bourrée. Allegro con spirito 3:49
   
 

3 Norwegian Dances

10:39  
  for Violin and Orchestra  
22 1 Allegro con brio - Molto tranquillo - Più mosso - Più lento - Allegro con brio 3:00
23 2 Allegretto - Allegro con fuoco - Più lento - Allegro con fuoco - Presto 3:03
24 3 Allegro, non troppo - Tranquillo - Più mosso - A tempo (tranquillo) - D.C. al fine 4:36
 Marianne Thorsen violin
25 

Air norvegien, Op. 7

7:48
  for Violin and Orchestra  
  À Mr. Johannes Wollf  
  Allegro moderato (Pastorale) -  
  Andante -  
  Allegretto -  
  Andante - Più mosso -  
  Andante sostenuto - Più mosso -  
  Allegretto - Più mosso - Pesante -  
  Allegro - Lento -  
  Allegro molto  
 Marianne Thorsen violin
26 

Chant de la Veslemoy

3:30
  (Veslemøy's Song)  
  for Violin and String Orchestra  
  To my dear friend miss Kathleen Parlow  
  Andante  
 Marianne Thorsen violin
 

Symphony No. 2 'Fatum'

27:57  
  in D minor - in d-Moll - en ré mineur  
  Edited by Jørn Fossheim  
27 I Allegro moderato - Più mosso sempre - Con brio - Tempo energico - 8:37
28 II Romance. Andante con sentimento 6:19
29 III Intermezzo. Allegretto amabile 4:39
30 IV Finale. Allegro - Energico - Un poco più mosso - Più 8:06
  mosso -  
 

Symphony No. 3

26:12  
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
  Edited by Jørn Fossheim  
31 I Poco andante - Allegro moderato - Tranquillo - Poco più mosso - A tempo. 10:01
32 II Andante - Allegro moderato - Tranquillo - Allegro molto - Andante. 7:58
33 III Finale. Allegro impetuoso - Poco meno mosso - Tranquillo - Stretto - Animando - 8:46
   
premiere recording
34 

Sorte Svaner

4:54
  (Black Swan)  
  Andante - Più mosso - Un poco animato  
35 

Bryllupsmarsch, Op. 32 No. 1

4:13
  (Wedding March)  
  for Violin Solo and Orchestra  
  Til Arve Arvesen  
  Allegretto marziale - Coda  
 Melina Mandozzi violin
36 

Rabnabryllaup uti Kraakjalund

3:59
  (Wedding of Ravens in the Grove of the Crows)  
  Norwegian Folk Melody Arranged for String Orchestra  
  Andante  
 

Fossegrimen. Op. 21

29:49  
  Dramatic Suite for Orchestra  
  Deres Majestæter Kong Håkon VII. og Dronning Maud i dybeste ærbødighed tilegnet  
 Melina Mandozzi violin
37 I Fossegrimen. Allegro moderato - Meno allegro - Più lento - Più vivo - 6:29
38 II Huldremøyarnes Dans. Allegretto grazioso 3:01
39 III Bruremarsch. Allegretto marciale - Coda 5:51
40 Danse visionaire (Måneskinsmøyarne). À sa femme Annie. Andante - Allegretto molto moderato - 7:15
41 IV Melodrame og Auds Sang. Allegro - Andante - Andante con moto 4:32
42 V Fanitullen. Allegro con fuoco - Coda - Andante 2:35
 Ragnhild Hemsing Hardanger fiddle
43 

Bergensiana

10:17
  Rococo Variations on an Old Melody from Bergen  
  Københavns filharmoniske Orckester tilegnet  
  Moderato (Tempo di Menuetto) -  
  Tema -  
  Variation I. Stesso tempo -  
  Variation II. Un poco più mosso -  
  Variation III. Allegetto -  
  Variation IV. Allegro con brio -  
  Variation V. Andante religioso e molto cantabile - Sostenuto -  
  Variation VI. Allegro giocoso -  
  Moderato (Tempo di Menuetto) -  
  Tema -  
  Pesante - Sostenuto  
44 

Rhapsodie norvegienne No. 1

10:41
  Til Hans Kgl. Højhed Kronprins af Denmark  
  Allegro giocoso - Più mosso - Andante - Ein wenig belebeter - Allegro moderato -  
45 

Rhapsodie norvegienne No. 2

11:49
  Til Herr Professor Robert Kajanus  
  Allegretto con spirito - Poco meno - A tempo, ma un poco più mosso - Meno mosso -  
46 

Brudefolget drager forbi

3:29
  (Norwegian Bridal Procession)  
  Orchestration of No. 2 from Folkelivsbilleder, Op. 19 (1869-71) for piano by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)  
  Alla marcia  
47 

Passacaglia, Op. 20 No. 2

7:10
  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
48 

Dance Scene from 'Queen Tamara'

4:21
  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  
49 

Symphonic Intermezzo from 'The King'

8:27
  from the Music, Op. 19, to the Play Kongen by Bjørnson Bjørnson (1832-1910)  
  Herrn Christian Sinding gewidmet  
  Moderato assai - Moderat - Più lento - Più lento -  
50 

Norsk Festouverture, Op. 16

7:59
  (Norwegian Festival Overture)  
  for Orchestra  
  Moderato molto - Allegro moderato - Più mosso - Un poco più lento -  
 

Norsk Eventyrbilleder. Op. 37

18:10  
  (Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures)  
  Suite from the Play Peik og Stortroldet (Peik and the Giant Troll) by Adam Hiorth (1879-1961)  
  Til mine barn  
51 I Peik, Prinsessen og Stortroldet. Allegro, non troppo, Tranquillo - Tempo I - Con brio - 5:53
52 Troldmøernes Dans. Allegretto - Tempo di Vlase moderato - Coda. Più mosso - 4:32
53 Prinsessen kommer ridende på Bjørnen. Moderato molto 3:12
54 II Troldenes Indtog I Berget det blå. Molto moderato (a la burla) - 1:28
55 IV Dans av Småtroid. Allegro molto - Furioso - Molto meno mosso - Allegro molto - Furioso - Presto - Pesante 3:03
   
 Neeme Jarvi
  Recorded between August 2009 and August 2011  


Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have lifted the lid on one of Norway’s best-kept musical secrets with their series devoted to the orchestral works of Johan Halvorsen. Now, in this four-album set, these fresh and revealing recordings have been brought together for the first time.

Johan Halvorsen was among the most prominent Norwegian musical figures of his day, not only as one of the leading composers of his generation but also as a violinist and conductor. His compositions develop the national romantic tradition of his friends Grieg and Svendsen, but his was a distinctive style marked by brilliant orchestration which in turn was inspired by the French romantic composers.

Many of the works in the series reflect Halvorsen’s long association with the theatre. The varied fruits of this career produced such scores as Fossegrimen, the neoclassical Suite ancienne, the exotic Dance Scene from Queen Tamara, and his Symphonic Intermezzo from The King, a tone poem much indebted to the musical language of Liszt and Wagner.

The series also includes his output in more traditional genres. Halvorsen composed the three great symphonies late in his career, the first only at the age of fifty-nine, and they are strongly in the mould of late romantic composers such as Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and Svendsen.

Among Halvorsen’s many short, stand-alone works are a number of pieces for violin and orchestra, which reflect Halvorsen’s own abilities on the instrument, while drawing on nationalist influences. The leading Norwegian violinist Marianne Thorsen is the soloist.

 

"...this box is a most valuable survey of what probably constitutes as much of Halvorsen’s orchestral music as they will need to hear. The symphonies in particular reveal themselves as works of considerable merit. The playing of the Bergen orchestra and the recording quality are of the highest standard..."

Paul Corfield Godfrey - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2015




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