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Grieg: Olav Trygvason; Landkjenning; Sigurd Jorsalfar / Engeset, Malmo Symphony


Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573045   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegEdmund Neupert
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony OrchestraMalmo Chamber ChoirMalmö Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Edvard Grieg and his librettist Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson were both fascinated by a great period in Norway’s past: the Viking Age, whose sagas, and fierce conflicts between Christianity and the old Norse religion, inspired all three of Grieg’s works recorded here. Landkjenning depicts the moment when Olav Trygvason (960s–1000) and his men sight the Norwegian coast for the first time on their voyage from England to Norway. As King from 995 to 1000, Olav worked single-mindedly to Christianise Norway. Conceived as a true Norwegian national opera, but left unfinished, the three scenes from Olav Trygvason explore pagan rituals and tributes to the Norse gods in anticipation of King Olav’s entrance into the pagan temple. Edvard Grieg and his librettist Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson were both fascinated by a great period in Norway’s past: the Viking Age, whose sagas, and fierce conflicts between Christianity and the old Norse religion, inspired all three of Grieg’s works recorded here. Landkjenning depicts the moment when Olav Trygvason (960s–1000) and his men sight the Norwegian coast for the first time on their voyage from England to Norway. As King from 995 to 1000, Olav worked single-mindedly to Christianise Norway. Conceived as a true Norwegian national opera, but left unfinished, the three scenes from Olav Trygvason explore pagan rituals and tributes to the Norse gods in anticipation of King Olav’s entrance into the pagan temple. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Introduction by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
2. Olav Trygvason, Op. 50 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
3. Landkjending, Op. 31 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmo Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
4. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: The northern people will wander by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
5. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Horn Signals by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
6. Resignation by Edmund Neupert
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Notes: Arrangement: Edvard Grieg 
7. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: The King's Song by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
8. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Intermezzo by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
9. Olav Trygvason, Op. 50: Scenes by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmö Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 

Sound Samples

Landkjenning (Land-Sighting), Op. 31
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: IV. Norronafolket (The Northland People)
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: VIII. Kongekvadet (The King's Song)
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: IX. Horn Signals
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: I. Innledning til Akt I
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Intermezzo
Olav Trygvason, Op. 50: Scene 1: Skjult i de mange manende navne (Though to Whom Fancy Lends Many Titles)
Olav Trygvason, Op. 50: Scene 2: Ej er det nok naevne ved Navn (Tis not Enough that ye Invoke)
Olav Trygvason, Op. 50: Scene 3: Giv alle Guder gammens og gledesskal (Give to all Gods a Grace-Cup of Gratitude)
Studier, Op.26: I. Andantino (arr. E. Grieg for orchestra as Resignation): Studier, Op. 26: I. Andantino (arr. E. Grieg for orchestra as Resignation)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Grieg and Engeset - A Perfect Combination April 13, 2014 By Reg Jones (Hamilton, VA) See All My Reviews "Engeset's recording of Grieg music go from strength to strength. This time he and the Malmo Symphony have given us some real rarities. While you might think that he as scraping the bottom of Grieg's barrel, such is not the case. The pieces on this disc are real finds and increase one's estimation of Grieg's genius as a cokmposer and his skills as an orchestrator. The performances are superb and the recording is demonstration class." Report Abuse
 Speak Norse? April 11, 2014 By Lawrence L. (Rutherford, NJ) See All My Reviews "Fine quality sound, although recording levels a little too low. Expected orchestral presentations, but got choral instead. Don't speak Norse; chorus was lost on me. "But for my part, it was greek to me."" Report Abuse
 A Swedish Orchestra Plays Norwegian January 28, 2014 By Mary Heller (Poughkeepsie, NY) See All My Reviews "Great sound. Nothing like the Scandinavians to interpret Scandinavian music! This orchestra picks up the subtle nuances." Report Abuse
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