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LALO, E.: Symphonie espagnole / Fantasie norvegienne (arr. L. Hannibal) (Sjogren, Hannibal)

LALO, E.: Symphonie espagnole / Fantasie norvegienne (arr. L. Hannibal) (Sjogren, Hannibal)

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Kim Sjogren

Soloist

Lars Hannibal

Soloist

Venue:

Chapel of HM Queen Margrethe II's summer residence Fredenborg Castle, Denmark


La Cartuja de la Sierra de Cazalla, Spain



Record Label
Our Recordings

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 48:02
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LALO, E.: Symphonie espagnole / Fantasie norvegienne (arr. L. Hannibal) (Sjogren, Hannibal)

     
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LARS HANNIBAL

 

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 (arr. L. Hannibal)

 
1 I. Allegro non troppo 8:18
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
2 II. Scherzando: Allegro molto 4:03
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
 

EDOUARD LALO

3 III. Intermezzo: Allegretto non troppo 6:43
 Kim Sjogren Soloist
     
 

LARS HANNIBAL

4 IV. Andante 6:39
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
5 V. Rondo: Allegro 8:03
 Kim Sjogren Soloist
     
 

Fantaisie norvegienne (arr. L. Hannibal)

 
6 I. Allegretto non troppo 5:06
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
 

EDOUARD LALO

7 II. Andante 3:55
 Lars Hannibal Soloist
     
 

LARS HANNIBAL

8 III. Allegro 5:15
 Kim Sjogren Soloist


In 1874 the French composer Edouard Lalo wrote his Spanish-inspired violin concerto Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21 for the Spanish violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate. Ever since, it has ranked among the most frequently played violin concertos in the repertoire. On this recording the orchestral part has been arranged for guitar, which gives the piece a genuine chamber-music character. 
 
Fantasie Norvegienne from 1878 was originally a concert fantasy for violin and orchestra, also written for Pablo de Sarasate. Folk music from various countries was an important source of inspiration to Lalo, and in the piece several traditional Norwegian cattle-calls and melodies are heard. The Spanish guitar, seen as a folk music instrument, also interested Lalo, and in 1882 we wrote Guitare for violin and piano. Until now the only existing recording of this piece has been in the form of a rhapsody for orchestra. 
 
Guitarist Lars Hannibal writes: "During our many concerts in Spain, Kim Sjogren and I came across the old, highly atmospheric monastery La Cartuja de la Sierra, 80 km north of Seville near the small town Cazalla. There has been spiritual life here for 2000 years, and today the monastery is an exciting cultural center in the heart of the Andalusian mountains. We decided to make the recording of Symphonie Espagnole in this very special place where the Spanish soul is so present. In the quiet passages you can hear birds singing - these birds live in the old ruins and are thus part of the atmosphere on La Cartuja.
 

                        Recording of the Month

"These two well known works composed originally for Pablo de Sarasate are given wonderfully refreshing new clothes in these tasteful and thoroughly idiomatic arrangements by guitarist Lars Hannibal. This is one of the more delightful surprises to cross the desk in some weeks, and it  has received the unusual honor of repeated plays in a household that is near capacity with unheard compact discs. The wonderful delight here is just how well these arrangements work, and how well the orchestral accompaniments suit the guitar. Couple this with the splendidly reverberant acoustics of the recording venues, and the careful balance that is achieved by the recording engineers and you get a completely winsome combination both musically and sonically. Mr Sjøgren keeps sheer virtuosity at bay with his abundant good taste, never letting us know that this music actually takes some work to pull off. His tone is warm and with the exception of a rare miss in intonation in the very highest registers, this is playing of immaculate accomplishment and panache. Mr. Hannibal’s guitar tone is full and rich and the two work very well together as an ensemble. The music itself is pure poetry, and I was thrilled to discover the Fantasie Norvégienne, a work heretofore unknown to me. It is full of sweeping melodies and lush harmonies, replete with crystalline beauty and thankfully devoid of romantic gush. This work alone is worth the price of admission. Packaging and presentation are long on pretty pictures and short on content. One might have wanted a bit more meat in the program notes, but no matter. The music and these fine performances speak well for themselves, and more information about the music is but a few keystrokes away in this day and age. This recital would be a fine addition to any collection, a wonderful sojourn off the beaten path." 
  
Kevin Sutton - MusicWeb-International.com - August 2008

"...Enthusiastically recommended…"
 
Adrian Corleonis - Fanfare - June 2008

 
"...Unusual and surprising fare from Our Recordings."
  
Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb-International.com - 22 May 2008



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