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Fartein Valen (1887-1952) 'On the Path to His Modernism' - String Quartet, Op. 0; Violin Sonata, Op. 3; Piano Trio, Op. 5

Album Summary

>Valen, Fartein : Quartet for Strings Op. 0
>Valen, Fartein : Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 3
>Valen, Fartein : Piano Trio, Op. 5
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Fartein Valen was one of the great innovative composers of the first half of the 1900s. This extremely modest and reserved man had at the same time a strong self awareness, a unique charm and authority, and a wide network of contacts. His persona became an ideal, at the same time as his music was being studied in depth by the young radicals in Scandinavia who, after 1945, were searching for a new modernism. Renowned pianist Einar Henning Smebye and violinist Tor Johan Bøen are at the front of a group of dedicated performers on this CD, documenting the elegant transition from classical-romanticism to the experimental modernism that Valen fought his way towards. The music also shows us that which permeates all of Valen"s production: he was always a romantic in expression; he was on the whole a classicist in form and texture; he valued tradition and the connection to the music and culture of earlier times.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This program traces Norwegian Fartein Valen's journey from late romanticism to Modernism - in fact, it is called On the Path to Modernism. The String Quartet is from 1909 and is the work that impressed Max Bruch enough to let Valen into the conservatory. The Violin Sonata, Op. 3, is of a quite different sort. He started writing it in 1912, finished a version of it in 1914, and continued to modify it nearly until its publication in 1920. The Piano Trio finished in 1924 after years of gestation, does Valen begin to approach modernism.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sofienberg Church, Oslo (2010-07-04_2012-07-06&2010-).



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>Valen, Fartein : Quartet for Strings Op. 0
  • Performers: Tor Boen (Violin); Johannes Martens (Cello); Benedicte Royer (Viola); Per Skalstad (Violin)
  • Notes: Sofienberg Church, Oslo (2010-07-04_2012-07-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909

>Valen, Fartein : Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 3
  • Performers: Tor Boen (Violin); Per Skalstad (Violin); Einar Smebye (Piano)
  • Notes: Sofienberg Church, Oslo (2010-07-04_2012-07-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Valen, Fartein : Piano Trio, Op. 5
  • Performers: Tor Boen (Violin); Johannes Martens (Cello); Benedicte Royer (Viola); Per Skalstad (Violin); Einar Smebye (Piano)
  • Notes: Sofienberg Church, Oslo (2010-07-04_2012-07-06&2010-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917-1924