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Halvorsen: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Jarvi, Bergen Philharmonic

Halvorsen / Thorsen / Bergen Phil Orch / Jarvi
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10614   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johan Halvorsen
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johan Halvorsen spent most of his career writing for the theater, which is probably why his music sounds so effortless, colorful, and well, efficient. This isn't meant to be disparaging. Rather, all of these pieces get right to the point, and none outstays its welcome, not even the Second Symphony, which clocks in at a bit under half an hour. It's conservative, harmonically and formally, but the music really works--it's a pleasure from beginning to end, and wholly convincing. This performance also is the first to correct the zillion errors in the printed score that have gone a long way to preventing the work from entering the repertoire, where it surely belongs.

The other pieces are
Read more all, in one way or another, ostensibly Norwegian in sound in a manner quite similar to Grieg. Again, there's nothing wrong with that. What sane person dislikes Grieg? The Suite ancienne, to the memory of Holberg, has every bit as much charm and freshness as Grieg's Holberg Suite, while the other three pieces all feature solo violin. Marianne Thorsen plays splendidly, while Neeme Järvi leads his Bergen forces in performances that are graceful, vibrant, and in the Suite and the Symphony, the last word in impetuosity and excitement. With terrific sound, if you don't know this music, you're missing something special.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 2 in D minor "Fate" by Johan Halvorsen
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Norway 
Suite ancienne, Op. 31 by Johan Halvorsen
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Norway 

Customer Reviews

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 World Class In Every Respect! September 25, 2012 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This is Volume 2 in Chandos' wonderful cycle of orchestral works by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. Two major works open and close this superb recording. Suite ancienne gets the program off to a cheerful start with a melodic, folksy, 5-section suite of 23 minutes duration. This is followed by several shorter and thoroughly Norwegian selections (3 Norwegian Dances, Norwegian Air, and Veslemay's Song), which provide variety and great cheer in the middle of the disk. The final work is Halvorsen's Symphony #2, subtitled 'Fatum', which uses a recurring fate theme in various guises to traverse a sophisticated, lushly Romantic symphonic highway. Verbal descriptions really cannot do justice to the brilliant playing of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Neeme Jarvi's direction. You need to hear this great orchestra for yourself, and this Chandos disk is the perfect way to do it. As usual, Chandos' excellent technical standards are on full display here, resulting in audiophile quality sound. So what are you waiting for- go for it!" Report Abuse
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