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Norwegian Classical Favorites Vol 2 / Engeset, Iceland So


Release Date: 05/18/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557018   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Harald SaeverudGeirr TveittEivind GrovenJohan Halvorsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The title of this stupendously successful collection--Norwegian Classical Favorites 2--is wildly inappropriate: "Barely Known Norwegian Classical Music" might be more apt, but I can think of several others even more accurate. For example, Saeverud's The Devil's Five-Hop and Hymn against the Boyg alongside Halvorsen's Entry of the Trolls into the Blue Mountain and Dance of the Little Trolls could anchor "Popular Norwegian Classics about Monsters and Satan". Edvard Fliflet's Out Towards the Sea and Fartein Valen's The Churchyard by the Sea obviously suggest a new compilation: "Norway's Most Revered Classical Music about Water". Change the last two words of this title to
Read more "about Liquids" and you can add Geirr Tveitt's delicious Hardanger Ale. The Valen piece also clearly belongs in "Popular Norwegian Light Atonal Greatest Hits".


Saeverud's Mixed Company (like the previous two numbers, taken from his dis-Griegian Peer Gynt music) deserves pride of place in Volume 6 of "Norwegian Classical Hits Ironically Quoting National Anthems and Songs from Lots of Other Countries". Gjerstrom's Legend, Groven's At Evening, and Irgens-Jensens' gorgeous Bol's Song suggest "Obscure Norwegian Music for Quiet Listening", while Sommerfelt's Little Overture and Groven's Hjalarljod Overture could have starring roles in, you guessed it, "Unbelievably Famous Norwegian Light Overtures". Now that we've flogged this particular point to death (and speaking of "Beloved Norwegian Classics about Flogging and Other Forms of Torture and Oppression", did I mention Saeverud's The Ballad of Revolt?) it only remains to point out that all of the music here is terrific and well worth hearing, and the performances are outstanding by any standard.


Conductor Bjarte Engeset characterizes to the hilt this colorful assortment of pieces. He raises the roof in the big numbers, with the Iceland Symphony playing its collective heart out, and savors every juicy bit of the more lyrical items. Best of all, Naxos' sonics are sensationally vivid, warmly natural, and just plain thrilling. Yes, the title may be silly, but the music-making most definitely is not, and you won't find a more enjoyable and enterprising CD of excellent small pieces on any label at any price. I can hardly wait for Volume 3, and can't even imagine what might be on it--but may I suggest changing the title to "Norwegian Miniature Classics That No One, Including Most Norwegians, Probably Even Knew Existed but Will Definitely Be Happy to Encounter"? That's more the ticket, I should think. [6/17/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Peer Gynt, Op. 28: The Devil's Five-Hop by Harald Saeverud
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
2. Peer Gynt, Op. 28: Hymn against the Boyg by Harald Saeverud
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Norway 
3. Peer Gynt, Op. 28: Mixed Company by Harald Saeverud
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
4. Folktunes (100) from Hardanger, Op. 151: Welcome with Honour by Geirr Tveitt
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
5. Folktunes (100) from Hardanger, Op. 151: Langeleik Tune by Geirr Tveitt
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
6. Folktunes (100) from Hardanger, Op. 151: Hardanger Ale by Geirr Tveitt
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
7. At Evening, Op. 60 by Eivind Groven
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
8. Hjalarljod Overture, Op. 38 by Eivind Groven
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Norway 
9. Scenes from Norwegian fairytales, Op. 37: The Princess Riding on the Bear by Johan Halvorsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
10. Scenes from Norwegian fairytales, Op. 37: Entry of the Trolls into the Blue Mountain by Johan Halvorsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
11. Scenes from Norwegian fairytales, Op. 37: Dance of the Little Trolls by Johan Halvorsen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
12. Out to sea by Edvard Fliflet Braein
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Norway 
13. Little Overture, op 11 by Oistein Sommerfeldt
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
14. Bols vise by Ludvig Irgens-Jensen
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Norway 
15. Tunes and Dances from "Siljustol", Op. 22: no 5, Kjempeviseslåtten by Harald Saeverud
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1946; Norway 

Sound Samples

Peer Gynt, Op. 28: The Devil's Five-Hop
Peer Gynt, Op. 28: Hymn against the Boyg
Peer Gynt, Op. 28: Mixed Company
100 Folk-tunes from Hardanger, Op. 151: Suite No. 1: Welcome with Honour
100 Folk-tunes from Hardanger, Op. 151: Suite No. 1: Langeleik Tune
100 Folk-tunes from Hardanger, Op. 151: Suite No. 1: Hardanger Ale
At Evening, Op. 60
Hjalarljod Overture, Op. 38
Ut mot havet (Out to Sea): Out Towards the Sea
Legend
Little Overture, Op. 11
Bols vise (Bols Song): Bol's Song
Kjempeviseslatten (The Ballade of Revolt), Op. 22a: The Ballad of Revolt, Op. 22
Le cimetiere marin, Op. 20: The Churchyard By the Sea, Op. 20
Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales), Op. 37: II - The Princess Riding on the Bear
Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales), Op. 37: III - Entry of the Trolls into the Blue Mountain
Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales), Op. 37: IV - Dance of the Little Trolls

Customer Reviews

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 Variety and Quality Impress! October 20, 2013 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "If you wanted to surprise and impress someone of Norwegian heritage, this is the top choice. Make that anyone who enjoys great orchestral music. It would be a blessing if American orchestras were to pick up any of the selections offered here. Do yourself and a few friends a favor with this delightful recording." Report Abuse
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