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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. 

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