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Saeverud: Cello Concerto, Symphony No 8 / Mork, Ruud, Et Al


Release Date: 04/15/2000 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 972   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Harald Saeverud
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Norway's Harald Saeverud, who died in 1992 at the ripe old age of 95, was a distinctive voice in contemporary music. His (comparatively) early Cello Concerto, from 1930, dates from a period in which he briefly flirted with 12-tone composition, and accordingly it's a thorny and uncompromising work that manages to remain remarkably fluent and clear. The chamber-like scoring, which presents memorable if necessarily chromatic melodies in kaleidoscopic combinations of solo instrument with individual orchestral groups (especially the winds), makes for bracing listening, and it's very well played by cellist Truls Mork. This piece will never be popular, but it's good to have on disc.


The Eighth Symphony was commissioned and
Read more premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra (then the Minneapolis Symphony) in 1958. It's Saeverud's most ambitious symphonic work, a big, bold, colorful score in the composer's late, "bony" style: clearly tonal, acerbic, and scored without an ounce of excess fat. Its four movements reflect the history of Minnesota's large Norwegian immigrant community and carry evocative subtitles: "Once upon a time...", "Hope and longing", "Gay day", and "Man and machine". There's a lot to enjoy here: the pastoral interludes (complete with cowbells), sly references to folk song, and the mechanical sounds of the finale, all rendered with Saeverud's keen ear and dry wit. The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under Ole Kristian Ruud plays this far-from-easy music with real commitment, and sports some excellent first desk solos from the winds and brass. BIS' sound is typically resplendent, making this a fine addition to its undeservingly little-known Saeverud series.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello, Op. 7 by Harald Saeverud
Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork (Cello)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931 
2.
Symphony no 8, Op. 40 "Minnesota" by Harald Saeverud
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; Norway 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto, Op. 7: I. Allegro non troppo
Cello Concerto, Op. 7: II. Andante
Cello Concerto, Op. 7: III. Poco allegro
Symphony No. 8, Op. 40, "Minnesota": I. Once upon a time...
Symphony No. 8, Op. 40, "Minnesota": II. Hope and longing
Symphony No. 8, Op. 40, "Minnesota": III. Gay day (Scherzo pastorale)
Symphony No. 8, Op. 40, "Minnesota": IV. Man and the machine

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Historic Masterpiece! March 3, 2012 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "Symphony #8 'Minnesota' is scarcely known in the United States, where it was performed as part of the State of Minnesota's Centennial Celebration in 1958. As the liner notes indicate, the work was created to honor all the Scandinavian immigrants who settled the State in large numbers. It is hugely dynamic, a fitting tribute to those it was meant to commemorate. The cello concerto is bright and very pleasing. Together the two works fairly represent a master composer who deserves a much wider audience. Share this one with friends!" Report Abuse
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