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Nordic Violin Favourites - works by Stenhammar, Atterberg, Sibelius, Bull, Halvorsen, Sinding, Olsen / Henning Kraggerud, violin

Audio Samples

>Olsen, Carl Gustav Sparre : Old Village Songs from Lom, for violin & string orchestra, Op. 2
>Atterberg, Kurt : Suite for violin, viola & string orchestra, Op. 19
>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Sentimental Romances (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 28
>Bull, Ole Borneman : Los Recuerdos de la Habana, for violin & orchestra (reconst. Henning Kraggaerud)
>Bull, Ole Borneman : Et Saeterbesog (A Mountain Vision), for violin & strings
>Halvorsen, Johan : Norwegian Dance for violin & orchestra no 3
>Sibelius, Jean : Humoresques (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 87b
>Sibelius, Jean : Humoresques (4) for violin & orchestra, Op. 89
>Sinding, Christian : Abendstimmung, for violin & strings, Op. 120

Album Summary

>Olsen, Carl Gustav Sparre : Old Village Songs from Lom, for violin & string orchestra, Op. 2
>Atterberg, Kurt : Suite for violin, viola & string orchestra, Op. 19
>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Sentimental Romances (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 28
>Bull, Ole Borneman : Los Recuerdos de la Habana, for violin & orchestra (reconst. Henning Kraggaerud)
>Bull, Ole Borneman : Et Saeterbesog (A Mountain Vision), for violin & strings
>Halvorsen, Johan : Norwegian Dance for violin & orchestra no 3
>Sibelius, Jean : Humoresques (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 87b
>Sibelius, Jean : Humoresques (4) for violin & orchestra, Op. 89
>Sinding, Christian : Abendstimmung, for violin & strings, Op. 120
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
... It's possible to loosely characterize the album, stylistically, as a whole; these are all romantic or post-romantic works, some touched by neo-classicism and others by impressionism. They are often based upon Swedish folk tunes and are all pleasingly tonal and very pleasant to listen to. The music here is very lovely, but darkly so. ... read more ...

There was a particularly rich vein of Nordic writing for the violin between the years 1910 and 1930. In this recital Henning Kraggerud, an exemplary stylist lauded for his Sibelius and Sinding concerto disc, Naxos 8.557266 (CD) and 6.110056 (SACD) ('Kraggerud's performance is superb throughout' - Classics Today.com), explores this memorable repertoire. It ranges from Halvorsen's folk-flecked Norwegian Dance to Stenhammar's passionate Sentimental Romances. Late romanticism floods Sinding's Abendstimmung whilst Sibelius's Six Humoresques remain a masterpiece of the genre. The earlier works of Ole Bull illustrate the brilliance and panache of 'The Nordic Paganini'. Henning Kraggerud is a recipient of Norway's prestigious Grieg Prize, the Ole Bull Prize and the Sibelius Prize. He is a professor at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, and appears as a soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Kraggerud is an expressive player who varies his tone to match each composer, and through the wonders of multi-track recording he is able to play the arrangement of the Atterberg suite for two violins (originally violin and viola) as a duet with himself. The Darlana ensemble and Engeset supply polished, alert, supportive accompaniments. The recorded sound is excellent, the soloist clearly standing a bit apart from the ensemble but not isolated. Plenty of space in the sound - breadth and depth.

MusicWeb International
An imaginative selection that avoids the usual suspects, expertly played with just the right sense of playfulness and feeling. The music may not demand too much of you, but it will make you smile, and in these troubled times, that is a pretty good outcome.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kristinehallen, Falun, Sweden.



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Works Details

>Olsen, Carl Gustav Sparre : Old Village Songs from Lom, for violin & string orchestra, Op. 2
  • Performer: Henning Kraggerud [Composer/Violin] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Dalasinfoniettan
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Atterberg, Kurt : Suite for violin, viola & string orchestra, Op. 19
  • Performer: Henning Kraggerud [Composer/Violin] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Dalasinfoniettan
  • Running Time: 10 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Sentimental Romances (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 28
  • Performer: Henning Kraggerud [Composer/Violin] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Dalasinfoniettan
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Bull, Ole Borneman : Los Recuerdos de la Habana, for violin & orchestra (reconst. Henning Kraggaerud)
  • Performer: Henning Kraggerud [Composer/Violin] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Dalasinfoniettan
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Bull, Ole Borneman : Et Saeterbesog (A Mountain Vision), for violin & strings
  • Performer: Henning Kraggerud [Composer/Violin] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Dalasinfoniettan
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Halvorsen, Johan : Norwegian Dance for violin & orchestra no 3
  • Performer: Henning Kraggerud [Composer/Violin] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Dalasinfoniettan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Sibelius, Jean : Humoresques (2) for violin & orchestra, Op. 87b
  • Performer: Henning Kraggerud [Composer/Violin] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Dalasinfoniettan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Sibelius, Jean : Humoresques (4) for violin & orchestra, Op. 89
  • Performer: Henning Kraggerud [Composer/Violin] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Dalasinfoniettan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917-1918

>Sinding, Christian : Abendstimmung, for violin & strings, Op. 120
  • Performer: Henning Kraggerud [Composer/Violin] (Violin)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Dalasinfoniettan
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1914