Notes & Reviews:
Premiered last year (2007) in Norway, American composer Justin Dello Joio's one act opera, Blue Mountain, was written to commemorate the 100th year of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's death. The opera is based on descriptions of Grieg's final days (September 1907), and includes the roles of Grieg, his wife Nina, his physician, and his friend and champion, Percy Grainger. Dello Joio's colorful score weaves in references to a number of Grieg's works, including his Violin Sonata in C minor, one of his Lyric Pieces for Piano, a brief snatch of Peer Gynt, and references to his Piano Concerto. Justin Dello Joio's music can also be heard on BRIDGE 9220, performed by Garrick Ohlsson, Ani Kavafian, Jeremy Denk and Carter Brey.
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Karayev: Symphony no 3, Don Quixote, etc / Dmitry Yablonsky, Russian PO
Penderecki: Works for Cello and Orchestra / Wit, Monighetti, Noras, Kwiatkowski, Warsaw National PO
Karlowicz: Symphonic Poems Vol 2 / Wit, New Zealand SO
Cooman: New Dawn, etc / Forsythe, Grossman
Goldmark: Piano Quintets Op 30 & 54 / Triendl, Quatuor Sine Nomine
Skalkottas: Concertos for 2 Violins, Pianos, etc / Demertzis, Papanas, Asteriadou, Christopoulos, et al
Lukaszewski: O Antiphons, Choral music / Layton, Cambridge Trinity College Choir
Works DetailsJoio, Justin Dello : Blue Mountain, chamber opera in 1 act
- Performers: Nils Sodal; Njal Sparbo (Bass Baritone); Marianne Andersen (Voice); Torben Grue
- Conductor: Kenneth Jean
- Ensemble: Norwegian Wind Ensemble
- Notes: Composition written: 2007.
- Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Written: 2007