Grieg: String Quartets (arr. for string orchestra); Nordheim / Barratt-Due, Oslo Camerata

> String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (arr. A. Ardal for string orchestra) - I. Un poco andante - Allegro molto ed agitato
> String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (arr. A. Ardal for string orchestra) - II. Romanze: Andantino - Allegro agitato
> String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (arr. A. Ardal for string orchestra) - III. Intermezzo: Allegro molto marcato - Piu vivo e scherzando
> String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (arr. A. Ardal for string orchestra) - IV. Finale: Lento - Presto al saltarello
> String Quartet in F major, EG 117 (arr. A. Ardal for string orchestra) - I. Sostenuto - Allegro vivace e grazioso
> String Quartet in F major, EG 117 (arr. A. Ardal for string orchestra) - II. Allegro scherzando - Piu vivo - Allegro scherzando
> Rendezvous - I. Praeambulum (quasi una fantasia)
> Rendezvous - II. Intermezzo
> Rendezvous - III. Nachruf

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 27
>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, EG 117 (incomplete)
>Nordheim, Arne : Rendezvous, for string orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Grieg's String Quartet in G minor has long established itself as one of the finest such works of the second half of the nineteenth century. The distinction of its thematic material, and its use in cyclical form, is reinforced by an ultimately victorious motto theme. The F major Quartet was written later, but remained unfinished, but it too is a fertile creation with a strong dance profile. Both works are heard in Alf Årdal's imaginative arrangements for string orchestra. Arne Nordheim, Norway's leading living composer, wrote Rendezvous as a quartet but expanded it in 1986. It is an intense, moving, and beautifully crafted work. There are no other recordings of Årdal's arrangements of Grieg in the catalogue. They are rich expansions, and should prove attractive to chamber orchestras which are, more and more, taking on quartet expansions into their repertoire. Nordheim is Norway's leading contemporary composer and his quartet, which he himself arranged for chamber orchestra, offers symmetry for the two Grieg quartets and also a modern day example of the country's rich string music tradition.

Infodad.com
The sonic pleasures are of a different kind in the Oslo Camerata's recording of music by Grieg and Arne Nordheim (1931-2010). Grieg's complete and well-known G minor quartet and his unfinished one in F major are heard here in finely crafted arrangements by Alf +rdal, which are imaginative and elegant... Stephan Barratt-Due conducts with sensitivity, and the orchestra is small enough so there is good balance and a sound that is not too thick; as a result, the quartets in this form are certainly pleasant to hear. Nordheim's Rendezvous... offers a chance to hear some lovely playing of music that is either little-known or known in a different form.

ClassicsToday.com
Arne Nordheim's Rendezvous... manages to be at once contemporary, passionate, and quite moving. As with the Grieg, the performances are splendid: bold, confident, ideally balanced, and quite wonderfully recorded.

David's Review Corner
A purely tonal work of immediate accessibility, its strong and purposeful opening movement is followed by a shorter and highly imaginative Intermezzo and the dark sounds of Nachruf. Throughout the playing of the Oslo Camerata with their concertmaster, Stephen Barratt-Due, is outstanding. Now we have to get Naxos to record them in the orchestrated Shostakovich quartets.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Arne Nordheim (1931-2010) wrote his Rondezvous in 1956 for string quartet smack in the middle of the Cold War. He arranged III for string orchestra in 1975, and completed his arrangement of I and II in 1986. There is a striking contrast between Nordheim's Norway and Grieg's Norway. Grieg's Norway is filled with warmth, bright songs, and spunky folk dances; Nordheim's Norway is dark, intense, a bit windy (in II), and, being a neighbor to the former Soviet Union, often has a musical landscape that is barren and bleak. All the playing is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/17/2009-08/21/2009).



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>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Stephan Barratt-Due
  • Ensemble: Oslo Camerata
  • Notes: Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/17/2009-08/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, EG 117 (incomplete)
  • Conductor: Stephan Barratt-Due
  • Ensemble: Oslo Camerata
  • Notes: Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/17/2009-08/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891

>Nordheim, Arne : Rendezvous, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Stephan Barratt-Due
  • Ensemble: Oslo Camerata
  • Notes: Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/17/2009-08/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986