Ludvig Irgens-Jensens: Symphony in D minor; Passacaglia / Bjarte

> Symphony in D minor (original version) - I. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro agitato - Molto moderato - Allegro agitato
> Symphony in D minor (original version) - II. Andante - Allegro moderato
> Symphony in D minor (original version) - III. Andante lugubre - Allegro, alla marcia - Lento
> Air - Air
> Passacaglia - Passacaglia

Album Summary

>Irgens-Jensen, Ludvig : Sinfonia for orchestra in D minor
>Irgens-Jensen, Ludvig : Air, for orchestra
>Irgens-Jensen, Ludvig : Passacaglia for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The two main works on this recording are among the peaks of twentieth-century Norwegian orchestral music. Irgens-Jensen's Passacaglia won second prize in the Nordic section of the 1928 Schubert centenary composing competition, behind only the eventual winner, and its admirers included Stravinsky and Toscanini. His only purely orchestral Symphony, recorded here for the first time in the three movement form that Irgens-Jensen originally conceived, expresses the depth of his feelings about the human and natural world during the dark days of World War Two. The disc is completed by his brief, touching orchestral Air. 747313240975

"Ludvig Irgens-Jensen's Passacaglia of 1928, music of unaffected grandeur and nobility, is one of the monuments of the Scandinavian orchestral repertoire. It receives a powerful performance from Bjarte Engeset and the Bournemouth Symphony, particularly when the brass weigh in with the concluding chorale. The work has been recorded before, and quite well too, but certainly this performance ranks with the best... The real significance of this release, though, lies in the premiere recording of the Symphony in its original, three-movement form... The performance is as fine as we have any right to expect, and the sonics are both rich and vivid. Might we look forward to a badly needed new version of the Partita Sinfonica from these same forces?" -Classics Today (10/10)

Fanfare
This symphony's high seriousness of manner and beautifully intertwining themes make it one of the glories of the 20th-century Scandinavian repertoire. Thus it is a pleasure to welcome this stupendous performance to the recorded catalog, one not to be missed by anyone interested in the modern symphony.

Fanfare
Bjarte Engeset and the Bournemouth Symphony give deeply committed performances... and sound totally at home in Irgens-Jensen's music. Listeners will know Engeset's work with this group from his fine recording of the Svendsen symphonies. This is a conductor who phrases naturally and effectively. We will surely hear more from him... The sound on the CD is all one could wish for.

American Record Guide
Admirers of Scandinavian music who know Irgens-Jensen... won't be disappointed here.

MusicWeb International
This fine disc embodies the fickle nature of musical fame and fate. This is music of depth yet instant appeal. For any collector who responds to large-scale orchestral scores written in a freely tonal manner this is powerfully compelling listening. ... I have not heard a note before this disc. So congratulations and praise to Naxos for another winner of a disc.

Film Music: The Neglected Art
"Air" is a short piece that is a song arranged for orchestra. It begins with a lovely clarinet solo offering the melody until the strings pick up the melody... I must give an extra star to the liner notes written by the conductor Bjarte Engeset who obviously has a great fondness for Ludvig. This is a Naxos CD to be explored.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK (05/22/2009-05/23/2009).



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>Irgens-Jensen, Ludvig : Sinfonia for orchestra in D minor
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK (05/22/2009-05/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1940

>Irgens-Jensen, Ludvig : Air, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK (05/22/2009-05/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Irgens-Jensen, Ludvig : Passacaglia for orchestra
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK (05/22/2009-05/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926-1927