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20th Century Norwegian String Quartets - Egge, Valen, Et Al


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 554384   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Klaus EggeFartein ValenJohan KvandalAlfred Janson
Performer:  Geir Inge LotsbergOystein SonstadPer Kristian SkalstadAre Sandbakken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Klaus Egge's folk-inspired String Quartet No. 1 was written upon the death of a friend, the poet Hans Reynolds. The piece utilizes a moving Eskimo lament in homage to Reynolds's study of Greenland Eskimos. But it is the opening Largo that is most memorable and it is performed with an appropriate degree of subdued solemnity by the Oslo String Quartet.
Inspired by a nocturnal visit to a local harbor, Fartein Valen's String Quartet No. 2 utilizes a variety of certain interval leaps that, when juxtaposed with dynamics, gives the music a swaying feeling. This is a short but intense work of immense power.
Johan Kvandal's String Quartet No. 3 is a rather Shostakovich-like piece in that it is tonal throughout and is also a throwback to the
Read more 19th century in the way it adheres to classical sonata form. It is played with great fiery abandon by the Oslo Quartet.
Alfred Janson's String Quartet is the showpiece here that demonstrates best the Oslo Quartet's first-class musicianship. This is a cunning work of great variety and rhythmic dexterity: subtle nods to jazz, buzzing tremolos, and an overall neo-expressionist style that makes this a unique work in the canon of Norwegian string quartets. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 5 by Klaus Egge
Performer:  Geir Inge Lotsberg (Violin), Oystein Sonstad (Cello), Per Kristian Skalstad (Violin),
Are Sandbakken (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Sofienberg Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 20 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 13 by Fartein Valen
Performer:  Oystein Sonstad (Cello), Are Sandbakken (Viola), Per Kristian Skalstad (Violin),
Geir Inge Lotsberg (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Sofiensberg Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 15 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 60 by Johan Kvandal
Performer:  Oystein Sonstad (Cello), Are Sandbakken (Viola), Per Kristian Skalstad (Violin),
Geir Inge Lotsberg (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Sofienberg Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 25 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings by Alfred Janson
Performer:  Per Kristian Skalstad (Violin), Oystein Sonstad (Cello), Are Sandbakken (Viola),
Geir Inge Lotsberg (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976-1978; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Sofienberg Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 15 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet, Op. 5: I. Largo funebre
String Quartet, Op. 5: II. Allegro
String Quartet, Op. 5: III. Andante fugato
String Quartet, Op. 5: IV. Finale: Allegro
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13: I. Fuga: Andante con moto
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13: II. Tempo di menuetto, grazioso
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13: III. Finale: Allegro assai
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 60: I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 60: II. Adagio
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 60: III. Scherzo: Allegro, non troppo vivace
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 60: IV. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivace
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