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Tor Aulin (1866-1914): Master Olof; Swedish Dances Op. 32; Dances from Gotland / Niklas Willén

Audio Samples

>Aulin, Tor : Svenska danser, for orchestra, Op. 32
>Aulin, Tor : Gotlandska danser, for orchestra, Op. 28
>Aulin, Tor : Master Olof, suite for orchestra, Op 22

Album Summary

>Aulin, Tor : Svenska danser, for orchestra, Op. 32
>Aulin, Tor : Gotlandska danser, for orchestra, Op. 28
>Aulin, Tor : Master Olof, suite for orchestra, Op 22
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Aulin received training from acclaimed violinist Sauret in Berlin and during the 1890s was regarded as Scandinavia's most important violin soloist. He was friendly with Marteau, Grieg, and Stenhammar, who often served as his accompanist. Aulin also gained renown as a composer. His Violin Concerto No. 3 was part of Marteau's standard repertoire.

Expedition Audio Recommended
What a delightful disc this is! If you haven't already, I suggest that you start playing the audio sample that accompanies this recommendation before reading on - go ahead, I can wait... It's hard to imagine anyone listening to this high-spirited and jovial, flat out ebullient music, who would not want to hear more! While all the music on this CD isn't this upbeat - there are some somber stretches - most of it is; and all of it is unfailingly attractive. ... read more ...

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Tor Aulin was one of two composers with a relationship with August Strindberg (the other was Ture Rangstrom). Strindberg had hoped Aulin would write music for his plays and even turn some into operas. The play was Master Olaf, about Olaf Petri, who helped establish Lutheranism in Sweden. Aulin composed preludes to the play's five acts plus one for the melodrama in Act III. The music was well received, and he later produced this suite. Carl Bauman called Master Olof, "well-constructed absolute music that often rises to a high level of inspiration". Tom Godell added that it is "enchanting [and] delicately scored". I find it moderately interesting and sometimes better than that. Aulin drew the two dance suites, originally for violin and piano, from Swedish folk tunes and dances. Performances are idiomatic and very good, and the sound is fine. Stig Jacobsson's notes are outstanding even for CPO, and that's saying a lot.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Köln, WDR, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal (01/12/2011-01/14/2011).



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>Aulin, Tor : Svenska danser, for orchestra, Op. 32
  • Performers: Juraj Cizmarovic (Violin); Tomoharu Yoshida (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Niklas Willen
  • Ensemble: WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln
  • Notes: Köln, WDR, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal (01/12/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Aulin, Tor : Gotländska danser, for orchestra, Op. 28
  • Performers: Juraj Cizmarovic (Violin); Tomoharu Yoshida (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Niklas Willen
  • Notes: Köln, WDR, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal (01/12/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Aulin, Tor : Master Olof, suite for orchestra, Op 22
  • Performers: Juraj Cizmarovic (Violin); Tomoharu Yoshida (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Niklas Willen
  • Notes: Köln, WDR, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal (01/12/2011-01/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic