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Christianialiv: Works from Norway's Golden Age of Wind Music / The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces; Ruud [Hybrid SACD & Blu-Ray Audio]

Album Summary

>Svendsen, Johan : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 15
>Hansen, Adolf : Serenade til Griegs Solvbryllup, for band
>Hansen, Adolf : Serenade, for band
>Unspecified : Empty Track
>Hansen, Adolf : Romance, for band
>Hansen, Adolf : Christianialiv, musikalske tonebilleder, for band
>Olsen, Ole : Ouverture dil Svein Uræd, for band
>Evensen, Alfred : Norsk Dans, for band no 1
>Evensen, Alfred : Norsk Dans, for band no 2
>Hansen, Adolf : Bondebryllupet (Country Wedding), for band, Op. 180
>Olsen, Ole : Sorgemarsch (Funeral March), for orchestra, Op. 41
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The second half of the 19th century is often called the "Golden Age" of Norwegian music. The reason lies partly in the international reputations established by Johan Svendsen and Edvard Grieg, but it also lies in the fact that musical life in Norway, at a time of population growth and economic expansion, enjoyed a period of huge vitality and creativity, responding to a growing demand for music in every genre. The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces (to use its modern name) played a key role in this burgeoning musical life not just by performing music for all sections of society, but also by discovering and fostering musical talent in performers and composers. Johan Svendsen, Adolf Hansen, Ole Olsen and Alfred Evensen, whose music we hear on this album, can therefore be called part of the band's history. Hybrid SACD Pure Audio Blu-ray two-disc-box at the price of one ordinary Blu-ray 5.1 SURROUND STEREO produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The works are tuneful, lively, touching. The big piece is Adolf Hansen's arrangement of Johan Svendsen's 4-movement, 33-minute Symphony 2 (1876). Five of Hansen's own works are included, including the 12-minute tone-poem about life in Oslo, Christianialiv. Ole Olsen (1850-1927) is represented by the Overture to Svein the Fearless and a Funeral March, and Alfred Evensen (1883-1942) contributes two dances. The playing on 19th-Century instruments is excellent, and the booklet is terrific.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jar Church, Norway (06/2012/11/2012).



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>Svendsen, Johan : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 15
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Ensemble: Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces
  • Running Time: 66 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877

>Hansen, Adolf : Serenade til Griegs Solvbryllup, for band
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hansen, Adolf : Serenade, for band
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Unspecified : Empty Track
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hansen, Adolf : Romance, for band
  • Performer: Gry Bang (Cornet)
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hansen, Adolf : Christianialiv, musikalske tonebilleder, for band
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Olsen, Ole : Ouverture dil Svein Uræd, for band
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Unspecified : Empty Track
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Period Time: Modern

>Evensen, Alfred : Norsk Dans, for band no 1
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Evensen, Alfred : Norsk Dans, for band no 2
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Svendsen, Johan : Symphony no 2 in B flat major, Op. 15
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 66 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877

>Hansen, Adolf : Serenade til Griegs Solvbryllup, for band
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hansen, Adolf : Serenade, for band
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hansen, Adolf : Bondebryllupet (Country Wedding), for band, Op. 180
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Hansen, Adolf : Romance, for band
  • Performer: Gry Bang (Cornet)
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hansen, Adolf : Christianialiv, musikalske tonebilleder, for band
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Olsen, Ole : Ouverture dil Svein Uræd, for band
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Olsen, Ole : Sorgemarsch (Funeral March), for orchestra, Op. 41
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Evensen, Alfred : Norsk Dans, for band no 1
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Evensen, Alfred : Norsk Dans, for band no 2
  • Conductor: Ole Ruud
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912