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Tveitt: Piano Concertos No 1 & 5 / Gimse, Engeset, Et Al


Release Date: 04/17/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555077   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Geirr Tveitt
Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 1 by Geirr Tveitt
Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse (Piano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Norway 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 19 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 5, Op. 156 by Geirr Tveitt
Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse (Piano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1954; Norway 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 32 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Outstanding Recording July 3, 2017 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "In 1970, twentieth century Norwegian composer Geir Tveitt suffered a personal and professional tragedy which might have ruined anyone with a lesser sense of faith and artistic mission. In that year, Tveitt's home in Norway burned to the ground, taking with it 80 percent of his compositional manuscripts (over 300 according to the CD notes, which do a nice job explaining the effect of this loss). Fortunately, some apparently survived and others had already been published and were known throughout Europe's classical music world. Thus it is that we have these two excellent piano concertos (#1 and #5) presented on this Naxos recording. Piano Concerto #1 dates from the 1920's and in fact is Tveitt's first published work (Op. 1). Therefore, as a product of a young composer barely 20 years old, PC #1 gives us a solid look at his developing style. The concerto is quite compact, the longest movement lasting only about 8 minutes. The gorgeous piano scoring is generally light, almost giving one the sense of 'Norwegian impressionism,' and the listener can easily conjure up images of Norway's scenic splendor, with its mountains and waters finding a refined musical tribute throughout the concerto. Piano Concerto #5, from 1954, is a much more robust and assertive work, with a duration of about 33 minutes. There is real power in this magnificent concerto, as both the piano and orchestra hold little or nothing back in the way of musical expression. As for the performing artists who bring the two works to life, the team of soloist Havard Gimse, conductor Bjarte Engeset (both Norwegian), and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, are perfectly synchronized in a way that I doubt could be easily outclassed. The balance between piano and orchestra is rock solid, and there is great depth to the RSNO's sound, especially in the expansive orchestral score of Piano Concerto #5. In short, this disk, one of several from Naxos featuring Tveitt's music, is a real treat, and I definitely recommend it to one and all in Arkivmusic nation." Report Abuse
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