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A Nordic Festival / Salonen, Swedish RSO


Release Date: 07/26/1991 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 46668   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hugo AlfvénJean SibeliusEdvard GriegJón Leifs,   ... 
Performer:  Mats ZetterqvistMats Rondin
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is a surprise here. After the folksy charm of Alfvén and Grieg, the familiar strains of Sibelius, the salon sentimentality of Järnefelt, and the muscular drive of Nielsen, we meet a totally fascinating composer from Iceland in the person of Jon Lief s, who had a whole disc devoted to his extraordinary music in the last issue. Geysir, like much of Liefs's mature work, starts in darkness, and works its way up to a vast climax in an idiom consisting almost entirely of primal, organ-like, parallel fifths, before subsiding into darkness. Amidst all of this charm and frivolity, it comes as something of a shock, but it is typical of Salonen, one of our most talented young conductors, to include it. His devotion to contemporary Read more music of all sorts makes this a collection of uncommon interest, and sets it well above the ordinary for this sort of thing. All of the performances are excellent, as is the sound. Recommended, therefore, with enthusiasm despite the inevitable duplications of repertoire.

– David Hurwitz, FANFARE Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Swedish Rhapsody no 1, Op. 19 "Midsummer Vigil" by Hugo Alfvén
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; Sweden 
2.
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
3.
Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite, Op. 56 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872/1892; Norway 
4.
Bergakungen, Op. 37: Vallflickans Dans by Hugo Alfvén
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1923; Sweden 
5.
Geysir, Op. 51 by Jón Leifs
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Iceland 
6.
Berceuse by Armas Järnefelt
Performer:  Mats Zetterqvist (Violin), Mats Rondin (Cello)
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904 
7.
Finlandia, Op. 26 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Finland 
Notes: Composition written: Finland (1899 - 1900). 
8.
Maskarade, FS 39: Overture by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; Denmark 
9.
Maskarade, FS 39: Dance of the Cockerels by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; Denmark 

Customer Reviews

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 If you want more than just Edvard Grieg, get this November 26, 2013 By Jean M. (Oakland, CA) See All My Reviews "I didn't realize that there were so many Scandinavian composers. Edvard Grieg is my favorite, then there is also Jean Sibelius and I've learned about Wilhelm Stenhammar (there isn't anything on this CD by him, but do check him out on this site, too). But, there are many more. Get a taste of their music from this CD." Report Abuse
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