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Irgens-jensen: Japanischer Früling


Release Date: 09/05/2002 
Label:  Simax   Catalog #: 1164   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig Paul Irgens Jensen
Performer:  Ragnhild Heiland Sørensen
Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours  4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ludvig Irgens-Jensen was one of those talented minor composers whose fame rests on a single work: Passacaglia, beautifully performed and recorded here by the Bergen Philharmonic under Eivind Aadland. The other two works, Pastorale religioso and Canto d'omaggio, reveal the same high standard of craftsmanship without being especially distinctive, and it's a shame that this collection did not include the Partita Sinfonica, which could use a new recording. Still, the main reason to purchase this disc is Japanischer Frühling (Japanese Spring), a gorgeous, delicate, and moving setting of nine poems in German paraphrases of the original Japanese made by Hans Bethge (of Das Lied von der Erde fame).


Irgens-Jensen, who had
Read more an enthusiasm for Mahler's work, wears his Orientalism lightly and totally avoids kitsch. The same can be said for soprano Ragnhild Heiland Sorensen's intelligent and earnest singing--not the last word in bel canto perhaps, but sensitive to the text and well sustained in the longer songs such as "An Einen Freund" and "Einsam". Simax makes beautiful-sounding recordings, and this one is no exception. Instrumental timbres sit naturally in true concert perspective, and the balance between voice and orchestra favors neither to the detriment of the music. Because his output was not large and his reputation beyond his native Norway scarcely exists, it would be easy to overlook this release; but the loss would be yours. It's well worth hearing.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Japanischer Frühling, Op. 2 by Ludwig Paul Irgens Jensen
Performer:  Ragnhild Heiland Sørensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1919 rev 1957 
2.
Canto d'omaggio by Ludwig Paul Irgens Jensen
Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1950 
3.
Passacaglia by Ludwig Paul Irgens Jensen
Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1926 
4.
Pastorale religioso, 1939 by Ludwig Paul Irgens Jensen
Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

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