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Svendsen: Norwegian Rhapsodies No 1-4, Etc / Engeset, South Jutland SO


Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570322   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johan Svendsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johan Svendsen's four Norwegian Rhapsodies represent his best orchestral work, probably because they used borrowed tunes. He was not a particularly interesting melodist, or orchestrator, or composer generally. His Romeo and Juliet suffers by being compared to, well, anyone else's, but particularly those of Tchaikovsky and Berlioz. A 12-minute overture in generic Romantic style, it is instantly forgettable. Zorahayda is even duller: it was written to "celebrate", if that's the word, the success of Dick and Cosima Wagner in nagging Svendsen's Jewish wife Sally into converting to Christianity. In the story, a Moorish princess converts to Christianity. Yawn. Still, as I said, the Rhapsodies are lovely and themselves make the disc well Read more worth its modest price, particularly in these sprightly and refreshing performances, brightly recorded. Recommended.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Romeo and Juliet Overture, Op. 18 by Johan Svendsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Length: 12 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Norwegian Rhapsody no 1, Op. 17 by Johan Svendsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1876; Norway 
Length: 9 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Norwegian Rhapsody no 2, Op. 19 by Johan Svendsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Norway 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4.
Norwegian Rhapsody no 3, Op. 21 by Johan Svendsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1876; Norway 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5.
Norwegian Rhapsody no 4, Op. 22 by Johan Svendsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Length: 12 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Zorahayd's Legend, Op. 11 by Johan Svendsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
Length: 12 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Romeo og Julie (Romeo and Juliet), Op. 18
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 17
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 19
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 3, Op. 21
Norwegian Rhapsody No. 4, Op. 22
Zorahayda, Op. 11

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