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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


This CD presents more than an hour’s worth of rarely-heard music. The three main works here were inspired by Edvard Grieg and his librettist Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson’s fascination with the Viking age, with the bulk of the program devoted to Olav Trygvason, the composer’s incomplete opera about Viking King Olav. Scenes 1-3, offered here, contain some of the more extended (and dramatic) musical sequences that Grieg, known chiefly for small-form pieces, ever composed. There’s melodically fetching (of course, it’s Grieg!) material for soprano, mezzo, and bass interspersed with stirring choral and orchestral passages (the end of Scene 2 brings to mind the composer’s famous Hall of the Mountain
Read more King). The characters interact in a narrative-dramatic oratorio style similar to Sibelius’ Kullervo Symphony.

It’s all men for the other two Viking works: the anthem-like Landkjenning (Land-Sighting) and Sigurd Jorsalfar (Sigurd the Crusader), familiar from the string orchestra suite Grieg arranged from his incidental music. The selections here expand upon that, including two robust male choruses, a stirring Horn Calls for orchestra, and Act 1’s Introduction and Intermezzo, both featuring fine tenor solos. After all its Viking bravado, the disc concludes with the gentle song Resignation, composed by Edmund Neupert and arranged by Grieg for orchestra. The performances by soloists, chorus, and orchestra are excellent throughout under conductor Bjarte Engeset’s leadership. And it’s all captured in top-notch sound. If you like Grieg, and vocal music, you’ll enjoy this release.

-- Victor Carr jr, ClassicsToday.com
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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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