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Halvorsen, Nielsen & Svendsen: Music for Violin & Orchestra / Kraggerud, Engeset, Malmo Symphony


Release Date: 02/10/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573738  
Composer:  Johan HalvorsenCarl NielsenJohan Svendsen
Performer:  Henning Kraggerud
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Note: A sound sample for this release can be heard in the above clip at 0:00 - 0:45.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

In his day, Johan Halvorsen was one of Norway's most talented violinists and an internationally renowned conductor and composer. With its beautifully lyrical themes and Norwegian character including Hardanger fiddle effects, his Violin Concerto was described by contemporary critics as "an outstanding work" and performed to great acclaim in 1909. It was considered lost, only to be rediscovered in 2015 in the archive of its original soloist. With its equally confident opening and symphonic proportions, Nielsen's Violin Concerto combines emotive power with a delightfully pastoral character, while Johan Svendsen's spontaneously inventive and melodic Romance has become one of his best-loved works.

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This release really deserves wide attention, for it contains something rather rare: the world's recorded premiere of a major lost violin concerto, that being Johan Halvorsen's 1909 Violin Concerto, Op. 28. The work sounds less like Grieg than like a Norwegian version of Josef Suk, with strong folklore elements.

It's joined with Carl Nielsen's Violin Concerto, a work matching the Halvorsen well with its mix of dance rhythms and serious virtuosity. Svendsen's Romance is a tuneful interlude that likewise deserves a revival.

A highly enjoyable release, and a must for lovers of Scandinavian music.

– All Music Guide (James Manheim) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin, Op. 28 by Johan Halvorsen
Performer:  Henning Kraggerud (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
2.
Concerto for Violin, Op. 33 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Henning Kraggerud (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Denmark 
3.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 26 by Johan Svendsen
Performer:  Henning Kraggerud (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 

Customer Reviews

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 A Broader Horizon on Scandinavia March 16, 2017 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "This CD is important because it brings to the foreground composers who add depth to the overall musical picture that is Scandinavia. Kraggerud is a master violinist. NAXOS has provided a beautiful gift that will endure for years in anyone's collection." Report Abuse
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