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Harald Saeverud

Biography

Born: April 17, 1897; Bergen, Norway   Died: March 27, 1992; Bergen, Norway  
Harald Saeverud may well be considered the most important Norwegian composer after Grieg. Saeverud shares several traits in common with the iconic Grieg: both were prolific and produced a substantial body of music for the piano (especially smaller pieces inspired by nature). The two also wrote popular works based on Ibsen's Peer Gynt, and each was highly individual in his respective musical style: in the case of Saeverud, his music began as Read more richly post-Romantic and transformed in the 1930s into a neo-Classical style with an often powerful and dissonant character. Though Saeverud did have a large keyboard output, he was primarily a composer of orchestral compositions, with nine symphonies to his credit, much incidental music, concertos (for piano, violin, cello, bassoon, oboe), film scores, overtures, divertimentos, and a spate of smaller works for orchestra. Saeverud also composed string quartets and a substantial body of other chamber works. Though he remains a popular composer in Norway, he is generally regarded, perhaps unfairly, as a less important figure in Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere across the globe. Still, many of his most important large works, including the symphonies, concertos, and Peer Gynt, have been widely available on recording since the 1990s.

Saeverud was born in Bergen on April 17, 1897. From 1915 to 1919 he studied at the Bergen Conservatory where his most important teachers included Borghild Holmsen. Though his studies focused only on piano and theory there, he began working on his First Symphony in 1915, completing it in 1920. That year he began composition studies at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, where he was a pupil of Friedrich Koch.

Saeverud returned to Norway in 1922, living first in his hometown of Bergen, then settling, with his wealthy American-born wife Marie, outside the city in a mansion he named Siljustřl, whose bucolic surroundings inspired his series of piano pieces, Tunes and Dances from Siljustřl. During World War II Saeverud wrote several large works protesting the German invasion of his country, including Symphonies No. 5, No. 6, and No. 7 and The Ballad of Revolt (1940). After the war Saeverud remained active in composition, producing the ballet Count Bluebeard's Nightmare (1960), concertos, and more symphonies. Saeverud's last symphony, No. 9, came in 1966, but the composer soon developed an interest in chamber music, writing two wind quintets, three string quartets, and several other chamber pieces. Saeverud died in Bergen on March 27, 1992. Read less
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  • 1.
    Lullabies for Liz: Piano Favorites by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Borodin & Others / Serov
    Label: Northern Flowers   Catalog: 9914 Release Date: 09/16/2016  
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alexander Borodin,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Yuri Serov
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    Mozart, Hvoslef & Saeverud: Oboe Works / Strunck
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: LWC 1100 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ketil Hvoslef,  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Elise Batnes,  David Friedemann Strunck,  Henninge Landaas,  Bjorn Solum  ... 
    Conductor:  Arvid Engegard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 3.
    Label: Bergen Digital   Catalog: 7050 Release Date: 10/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geirr Tveitt,  Norwegian Traditional,  Harald Saeverud,  Karin Rehnqvist  ... 
    Performer:  Geir Botnen,  Voci Nobili,  Anne Cathrine Eiken,  Guro Vigestad  ... 
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  • 4.
    Animals In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578281 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  George Frideric Handel,  Edvard Grieg,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Artore,  Balazs Szkolay,  Giorgio Koukl,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels,  Peter Breiner,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  David Lloyd-Jones  ... 
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    Scandinavian Classics, Vol. 4
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 70708 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Johan Helmich Roman,  Edvard Grieg,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish State Radio Orchestra,  Royal Danish Orchestra
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    Scandinavian Classics Vol 3 / Erik Tuxen, Thomas Jensen, Mil Telmanyi
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 697/98 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Harald Saeverud,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Emil Telmányi
    Conductor:  Erik Tuxen,  Thomas Jensen
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  • 7.
    The Devil's Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578085-86 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Robert Schumann,  György Ligeti,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Idil Biret,  Laurent Martin,  Ashley Wass  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel,  Johannes Wildner,  Alfred Walter,  Christian Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    Saeverud: Symphonies No 2 & 4, Romanza
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1262 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Katrine Buvarp
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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    Saeverud: Orchestral Music Vol 8 / Ruud, Austvik, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Vidar Austvik
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Norwegian Rhapsody - Grieg, Halvorsen, Etc / Aadland, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1367 Release Date: 08/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geirr Tveitt,  Eivind Groven,  Johannes Hanssen,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Norwegian Classical Favorites Vol 2 / Engeset, Iceland So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557018 Release Date: 05/18/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludvig Irgens-Jensen,  Oistein Sommerfeldt,  Edvard Fliflet Braein,  Johan Halvorsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Saeverud: Symphony No 5, Etc / Ruud, G. Hunt, Stavanger So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1162 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Gordon Hunt
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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    Saeverud: Symphony No 3, Violin Concerto / Ruud, Saeverud
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 872 Release Date: 08/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Trond Saeverud
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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    Response - Percussion Works / Odd Borge Sagland
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1118 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Guinjoan,  Arne Nordheim,  Toshimitsu Tanaka,  Harald Saeverud  ... 
    Performer:  Odd Borge Sagland
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    Saeverud: Cello Concerto, Symphony No 8 / Mork, Ruud, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 972 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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    Saeverud: Orchestral Music Vol 4 / Dmitriev, Ogawa, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 962 Release Date: 12/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
    Conductor:  Alexander Dmitriev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 3125 Release Date: 05/29/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Trond Sćverud,  Gro Sandvik
    Conductor:  Karsten Andersen
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    Saeverud Vol 2 -  Bassoon Concerto, Etc / Ronnes, Dmitriev
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 822 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Robert Ronnes
    Conductor:  Alexander Dmitriev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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    Saeverud: Sinfonia Dolorosa, Etc / Dmitriev, Stavanger So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 762 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Gyrid Erlandsen,  Sveinung Sand,  Kjersti Dahle,  Anna Dolezych  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Dmitriev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Piano Music From Norway - Valen, Saeverud / Riefling, Kayser
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 173 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud,  Fartein Valen
    Performer:  Jan Henrik Kayser,  Robert Riefling
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  • 21.
    Harald Saeverud: Music For Violin
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1087 Release Date: 08/13/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Trond Saeverud,  Karsten Dalsgaard Madsen
    Conductor:  Karsten Andersen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jutland Sonder Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Harald Saeverud: Sinfonia Dolorosa; Concerto For Oboe; Symphony No. 7
    Label: Norway Music   Catalog: 4953 Release Date: 10/13/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
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  • 23.
    Harald Saeverud: Symphony No. 9; Rondo Amoros; Danza Sinfonica Con Passacaglia; Canto Rivolioso
    Label: Norway Music   Catalog: 4913 Release Date: 01/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
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  • 24.
    Saeverud Amoroso: 23 Selected Piano Pieces
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1070 Release Date: 01/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harald Saeverud
    Performer:  Jan Henrik Kayser
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