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Johan Halvorsen: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 / Melina Mandozzi, violin; Ilze Klava, viola

> Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1 in A major - Norwegian Rhapsody No. 1 in A major
> Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2 in G major - Norwegian Rhapsody No. 2 in G major
> Folkelivsbilleder, Op. 19: No. 2. Brudefolget drager forbi (Bridal Procession) (arr. J. Halvorsen) - Folkelivsbilleder, Op. 19: No. 2. Brudefolget drager forbi (Bridal Procession) (arr. J. Halvorsen)
> Passacaglia in G minor (after G.F. Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille) - Passacaglia in G minor (after G.F. Handel's Keyboard Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille)
> Dance Scene from Queen Tamara - Dance Scene from Queen Tamara
> Kongen, Op. 19 - Kongen, Op. 19: Symphonic Intermezzo
> Norwegian Festival Overture, Op. 16 - Norwegian Festival Overture, Op. 16
> Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales), Op. 37 - I. Peik, the Princess and the Giant Troll
> Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales), Op. 37 - I. Troldmoernes Dans
> Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales), Op. 37 - II. The Princess Riding on the Bear
> Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales), Op. 37 - III. Entry of the Trolls into the Blue Mountain
> Norske eventyrbilleder (Scenes from Norwegian Fairy Tales), Op. 37 - IV. Dance of the Little Trolls

Album Summary

>Halvorsen, Johan : Norwegian Rhapsody for orchestra no 1 in A major
>Halvorsen, Johan : Norwegian Rhapsody for orchestra no 2 in G major
>Halvorsen, Johan : Brudefolget drager forbi (Norwegian Bridal Procession), for orchestra (after Grieg)
>Halvorsen, Johan : Passacaglia and Sarabande with variations for violin & viola in G major, Op. 20/2 (after Handel)
>Halvorsen, Johan : Queen Tamara
>Halvorsen, Johan : The King, Op. 19
>Halvorsen, Johan : Norwegian Festival Overture for orchestra, Op 16
>Halvorsen, Johan : Scenes From Norwegian Fairytales for orchestra, Op 37
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the fourth and final volume of colorful and highly appealing orchestral works by the Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. The series is performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Neeme Järvi. On this disc is Halvorsen's orchestration of Grieg's piano piece Norwegian Bridal Procession. Other versions exist, but in Grieg's eyes only a native Norwegian could portray rural Norway in music without becoming too romantic or picturesque. Halvorsen considered his Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures to be one of his best works. The suite is colorful and vividly programmatic, drawn from music that Halvorsen had written for a children's comedy.

International Record Review, May 2012
Best of all, I think, is the suite of Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures derived from the music to Peik and the Giant Troll...Halvorsen's music here manages to combine evocations of the Hardanger fiddle, grumbling troll-motifs, the bracing open-air quality of the best Norwegian music and a brilliant sense of orchestral colour into an enchanting mixture. Even if it contains nothing of great importance, I've greatly enjoyed this disc.

Gramophone Magazine
Halvorsen was a natural tone-painter and story-teller...The Bergen Philharmonic under Jarvi once more provide beautifully idiomatic performances caught in rich Chandos sound...a musical delight.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway.



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Works Details

>Halvorsen, Johan : Norwegian Rhapsody for orchestra no 1 in A major
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (08/22/2011-08/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Halvorsen, Johan : Norwegian Rhapsody for orchestra no 2 in G major
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (08/22/2011-08/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Halvorsen, Johan : Brudefolget drager forbi (Norwegian Bridal Procession), for orchestra (after Grieg)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (08/22/2011-08/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Halvorsen, Johan : Passacaglia and Sarabande with variations for violin & viola in G major, Op. 20/2 (after Handel)
  • Performers: Melina Mandozzi (Violin); Ilze Klava (Viola)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (08/22/2011-08/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Halvorsen, Johan : Queen Tamara :: Dance Scene
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Halvorsen, Johan : The King, Op. 19 :: Symphonic Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (08/22/2011-08/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Halvorsen, Johan : Norwegian Festival Overture for orchestra, Op 16
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (08/22/2011-08/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Halvorsen, Johan : Scenes From Norwegian Fairytales for orchestra, Op 37
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway (08/22/2011-08/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic