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Olav Berg (b.1949): Viola Concerto; Andreas Ulvo: Shadows and Shields; Ragnar Søderlind: Horns in Landscapes; Marcus Paus: Concerto for timpani / Bergen PO, Litton

Album Summary

>Berg, Olav : Concerto for Viola
>Ulvo, Therese Birkelund : Shadows and Shields, for clarinet & orchestra
>Soderlind, Ragnar : Horns in Landscapes, for 6 horns & orchestra
>Paus, Marcus : Timpani Concerto
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 250th anniversary with a new CD! For this splendid celebration, the musicians of the orchestra asked their favorite Norwegian composers to create new music for them. All the works took shape in a dialogue between the composers and the soloists.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
The Bergen Philharmonic's Opus 250 is a small collection of concert recordings of works commissioned in celebration of the orchestra's 250th anniversary. Olav Berg's Viola Concerto is a welcome addition. The depth of the viola lends a warmth to its swooping and sliding around in front of post- Stravinsky orchestral accompaniment. The ensemble simmers, allowing the occasional eruption from the brass or percussion toward the end. The other notable work here is Marcus Paus's Timpani Concerto, which consists of an Overture, Nocturne, and Finale. The orchestra is what brings these pieces together, I should note that they sound great. The compositions themselves do leave something to be desired.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieghallen, Bergen (01/15/2015).



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Works Details

>Berg, Olav : Concerto for Viola
  • Performer: Ilze Klava (Viola)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ulvo, Therese Birkelund : Shadows and Shields, for clarinet & orchestra
  • Performer: Christian Stene (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: James MacMillan
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Soderlind, Ragnar : Horns in Landscapes, for 6 horns & orchestra
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Horn Section
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen (03/26/2015-03/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Paus, Marcus : Timpani Concerto
  • Performer: Hakon Kartveit (Timpani)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Grieghallen, Bergen (02/19/2015-02/20/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live