Cover Halvorsen: Orchestral Works

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Label: Chandos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

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  • Johan Halvorsen (1864 - 1935):
  • 1Bojarernes intogsmarsch (Entry March of the Boyars)04:37
  • 2Andante religioso06:04
  • Mascarade Suite:
  • 3Mascarade Suite: I. Holberg-Ouverture05:34
  • 4Mascarade Suite: II. Contillon02:21
  • 5Mascarade Suite: III. Menuetto04:14
  • 6Mascarade Suite: IV. Hanedansen03:42
  • 7Mascarade Suite: V. Gavotte02:43
  • 8Mascarade Suite: VI. Molinasque02:34
  • 9Mascarade Suite: VII. Kehraus01:03
  • 10Mascarade Suite: VIIIa. Arietta03:38
  • 11Mascarade Suite: VIIIb. Passepied02:14
  • La mélancolie:
  • 12La mélancolie02:36
  • Symphony No. 1 in C Minor:
  • 13Symphony No. 1 in C Minor: I. Allegro non troppo11:56
  • 14Symphony No. 1 in C Minor: II. Andante08:25
  • 15Symphony No. 1 in C Minor: III. Scherzo06:42
  • 16Symphony No. 1 in C Minor: IV. Finale08:25
  • Suite ancienne, Op. 31a:
  • 17Suite ancienne, Op. 31a: I. Intrata. Allegretto moderato04:53
  • 18Suite ancienne, Op. 31a: II. Air con Variazoini09:19
  • 19Suite ancienne, Op. 31a: III. Gigue. Allegro - Allegro molto04:18
  • 20Suite ancienne, Op. 31a: IV. Sarabande. Andante sostenuto03:06
  • 21Suite ancienne, Op. 31a: V. Bourrée. Allegro con spirito03:57
  • Norwegian Dances:
  • 22Norwegian Dances: No. 1, Allegro con brio03:01
  • 23Norwegian Dances: No. 2, Allegretto03:04
  • 24Norwegian Dances: No. 3, Allegro, non troppo04:42
  • Air norvégien, Op. 7:
  • 25Air norvégien, Op. 707:52
  • Veslemøy’s Song:
  • 26Veslemøy’s Song03:40
  • Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, "Fatum":
  • 27Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, "Fatum": I. Allegro moderato08:42
  • 28Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, "Fatum": II. Romance. Andante con sentimenti06:21
  • 29Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, "Fatum": III. Intermezzo. Allegro amabile04:42
  • 30Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, "Fatum": IV. Finale. Allegro08:13
  • Symphony No. 3 in C Major:
  • 31Symphony No. 3 in C Major: I. Poco andante10:01
  • 32Symphony No. 3 in C Major: II. Andante08:00
  • 33Symphony No. 3 in C Major: III. Finale. Allegro impetuoso08:51
  • Sorte Svaner (Black Swans):
  • 34Sorte Svaner (Black Swans)05:01
  • Bryllupsmarsch, Op. 32 No. 1:
  • 35Bryllupsmarsch, Op. 32 No. 104:18
  • Rabnabryllaup uti Kraakjalund (Wedding of Ravens in the Grove of the Crows):
  • 36Rabnabryllaup uti Kraakjalund (Wedding of Ravens in the Grove of the Crows)04:03
  • Fossgrimen Suite, Op. 21:
  • 37Fossgrimen Suite, Op. 21: I. Fossegrimen06:29
  • 38Fossgrimen Suite, Op. 21: II. Huldremøyarnes Dans03:01
  • 39Fossgrimen Suite, Op. 21: III. Bruremarsch05:53
  • 40Fossgrimen Suite, Op. 21: III. Danse visionaire (Måneskinsmøyarne)07:15
  • 41Fossgrimen Suite, Op. 21: IV. Melodrama og Auds Sang04:34
  • 42Fossgrimen Suite, Op. 21: V. Fanitullen02:41
  • Rococo Variations, "Bergensiana":
  • 43Rococo Variations, "Bergensiana"10:17
  • Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major:
  • 44Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major10:47
  • Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2 in G Major:
  • 45Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2 in G Major11:56
  • Folkelivsbilleder, Op. 19:
  • 46Folkelivsbilleder, Op. 19: No. 2, Brudefølget drager forbi (Bridal Procession)03:34
  • Passacaglia in G Minor, Op. 20 No. 2 (After G.F. Handel):
  • 47Passacaglia in G Minor, Op. 20 No. 2 (After G.F. Handel)07:16
  • Dance Scene from "Queen Tamara":
  • 48Dance Scene from "Queen Tamara"04:26
  • Kongen, Op. 19: Symphonic Intermezzo:
  • 49Kongen, Op. 19: Symphonic Intermezzo08:31
  • Norwegian Festival Overture, Op. 16:
  • 50Norwegian Festival Overture, Op. 1608:06
  • Norske eventyrbilleder, Op. 37:
  • 51Norske eventyrbilleder, Op. 37: I. Peik, the Princess and the Giant Troll05:53
  • 52Norske eventyrbilleder, Op. 37: I. Troldmøernes Dans04:33
  • 53Norske eventyrbilleder, Op. 37: II. The Princess Riding on the Bear03:13
  • 54Norske eventyrbilleder, Op. 37: III. Entry of the Trolls into the Blue Mountain01:28
  • 55Norske eventyrbilleder, Op. 37: IV. Dance of the Little Trolls03:06
  • Total Runtime05:05:51

Info for Halvorsen: Orchestral Works

Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have lifted the lid on one of Norway’s best-kept musical secrets with their series devoted to the orchestral works of Johan Halvorsen. Now, in this four-album set, these fresh and revealing recordings have been brought together for the first time.

Johan Halvorsen was among the most prominent Norwegian musical figures of his day, not only as one of the leading composers of his generation but also as a violinist and conductor. His compositions develop the national romantic tradition of his friends Grieg and Svendsen, but his was a distinctive style marked by brilliant orchestration which in turn was inspired by the French romantic composers.

Many of the works in the series reflect Halvorsen’s long association with the theatre. The varied fruits of this career produced such scores as Fossegrimen, the neoclassical Suite ancienne, the exotic Dance Scene from Queen Tamara, and his Symphonic Intermezzo from The King, a tone poem much indebted to the musical language of Liszt and Wagner.

The series also includes his output in more traditional genres. Halvorsen composed the three great symphonies late in his career, the first only at the age of fifty-nine, and they are strongly in the mould of late romantic composers such as Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and Svendsen.

Among Halvorsen’s many short, stand-alone works are a number of pieces for violin and orchestra, which reflect Halvorsen’s own abilities on the instrument, while drawing on nationalist influences. The leading Norwegian violinist Marianne Thorsen is the soloist.

"...this box is a most valuable survey of what probably constitutes as much of Halvorsen’s orchestral music as they will need to hear. The symphonies in particular reveal themselves as works of considerable merit. The playing of the Bergen orchestra and the recording quality are of the highest standard ..." (Paul Corfield Godfrey, MusicWeb-International)

Marianne Thorsen, violin
Ragnhild Hemsing, Hardanger fiddle
Melina Mandozzi, violin
Ilze Klava, viola
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor

Neeme Järvi
The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most highly respected maestros. He conducts the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of nearly 500 recordings.

Over his long and highly successful career he has held positions with orchestras across the world. Last season he took up his tenure as Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of both the Residentie Orkest Netherland Hague and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the titles of Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Recent and future seasons include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker, as well as the major orchestras in the USA, and regular engagements with the NHK and Singapore symphony orchestras. He also continues his regular relationships with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchetra, Swedesh National Orchestra of Gothenburg and the Royal Scottish National orchestras (for a number of recording and concert projects).

Highlights of an impressive discography include critically acclaimed complete symphony cycles of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Mahler, Dvořak, Glazunov, Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen and Brahms. Järvi has also championed less widely known composers such as Wilhelm Stenhammar, Hugo Alfvén and Niels Gade, Franz Berwald, Johann Svendsen and Johann Halvorsen of Norway and composers from his native Estonia, including Rudolf Tobias, Artur Kapp and Eduard Tubin. Throughout his career he has recorded with Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, BIS and EMI amongst others.

Future releases on Chandos include Tchaikovsky’s complete ballets, Symphonies and orchestral Music by a Swiss Composer Joachim Raff. Also music by Massenet, Chabrier, Saint-Saëns, Suppé, Atterberg, Xaver, Scharwenka, etc. Neeme Järvi has been honoured with many international awards and accolades. From his native country these include an honorary doctorate from the Music and Theatre Academy and the Order of the National Coat of Arms from the President of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Lennart Meri. The Mayor of Tallinn presented Maestro Järvi with the city’s first-ever ceremonial sash and coat of arms insignia, and he has been named one of the “Estonians of the Century”. Neeme Järvi holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Detroit’s Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He has also received the Commander of the North Star Order from King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

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