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IRGENS-JENSEN, L.: Symphony in D minor / Air / Passacaglia (Bournemouth Symphony, Engeset)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2011


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Engeset, Bjarte

Bjarte Engeset



The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK

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Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 66:46
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IRGENS-JENSEN, L.: Symphony in D minor / Air / Passacaglia (Bournemouth Symphony, Engeset)



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Symphony in D minor (original version)

1 I. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro agitato - Molto moderato - Allegro agitato 16:40
2 II. Andante - Allegro moderato 12:34
3 III. Andante lugubre - Allegro, alla marcia - Lento 14:45




 Bjarte Engeset Conductor
 Engeset, Bjarte

The two main works on this recording are among the peaks of twentieth-century Norwegian orchestral music. Irgens-Jensen’s Passacaglia won second prize in the Nordic section of the 1928 Schubert centenary composing competition, behind only the eventual winner, and its admirers included Stravinsky and Toscanini. His only purely orchestral Symphony, recorded here for the first time in the three-movement form that Irgens-Jensen originally conceived, expresses the depth of his feelings about the human and natural world during the dark days of World War Two. The disc is completed by his brief, touching orchestral Air.

"Admirers of Scandinavian music who know Irgens-Jensen…won’t be disappointed here"


Don O’Connor - American Record Guide, January 2012


"This fine disc embodies the fickle nature of musical fame and fate. This is music of depth yet instant appeal. For any collector who responds to large-scale orchestral scores written in a freely tonal manner this is powerfully compelling listening. …I have not heard a note before this disc. So congratulations and praise to Naxos for another winner of a disc. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra prove themselves yet again to be astonishingly versatile playing music which by definition must be unfamiliar with real conviction and abundant virtuosic skill. No doubt in this they are helped greatly by the fact that the conductor Bjarte Engeset is an expert on this composer’s music—this is evident from the fact that this world premiere recording of the Symphony in D minor is in the performing edition prepared by Engeset. Engineer Phil Rowlands has managed to tame the resonance of the recording venue—The Lighthouse, Poole—which in the past I have found clouds some of the detail of the BSO recordings there. This disc strikes a fine balance between detail and warmth. The orchestral sound-field is convincingly spread left to right with good depth too. The discovery of many little known Scandinavian composers has been one of my collecting highlights in recent years mainly down to the endeavours of the BIS and CPO labels but this disc from Naxos proves to be another major discovery on that pleasurable voyage. An excellent disc that reflects great credit on all concerned."

Nick Barnard - - October 2011

"...Bjarte Engeset and the Bournemouth Symphony give deeply committed performances, it should be said, and sound totally at home in Irgens-Jensen’s music. Listeners will know Engeset’s work with this group from his fine recording of the Svendsen symphonies. This is a conductor who phrases naturally and effectively. We Will surely hear more from him. The Lighthouse, Poole Dorset, appears to be an excellent recording venue. The sound on the CD is all one could wish for."

Steven Kruger - Fanfare - March/April 2012


"... it is a pleasure to welcome this stupendous performance to the recorded catalog, one not to be missed by anyone interested in the modern symphony."

Paul A Snook - Fanfare - March/April 2012

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