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Tveitt: Piano Concerto no 4, etc / Engeset, Gimse, Süssmann

Album Summary

>Tveitt, Geirr : Variations on a Folksong from Hardanger, for 2 pianos & orchestra
>Tveitt, Geirr : Concerto for Piano no 4 ("Aurora Borealis"), Op. 130
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Eighty percent of Tveitt's output perished in the fire that destroyed his home, but what survives already seems precious enough achievement. The 'Hardanger Folksong Variations' for two pianos was a crucial work in which Tveitt first turned to the singing traditions of his native fjord. Havard Gimse is a soloist well attuned to the composer's highly individual vision, while Bjarte Engeset directs an accompaniment of extraordinary textural interest." ***** - Calum Macdonald, BBC

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I know I compare almost every somewhat tuneful 20th century piano concerto to Ravel's - but it's just such a good reference point with all three movements showing something that none of the concertos of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Reger, Busoni et al. contain. And the links are not surprising in this case: Tveitt's Second Piano Concerto (lost) was dedicated to the composer and Paris had been his most important station abroad as a student and composer-performer. The outbreak of song and tranquility in the middle of the Variations is something for the soul to soar on; like the most serene moment in Messiaen, but simpler. The Fourth Piano Concerto is just a little more austere, busier, and louder in a few places between its long sometimes chirpy whispers that describe the appearance, height, and diminishing of the northern lights. The piano part is embedded in the whole, rather than leading with dazzling soloist caprices. Both concertos are about half an hour long, which I would normally consider about the perfect length for a concerto... just under these circumstances, it seems like not long enough by a nine tenths of a measure.



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>Tveitt, Geirr : Variations on a Folksong from Hardanger, for 2 pianos & orchestra
  • Performers: Håvard Gimse (Piano); Gunilla Süssmann (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (01/07/2001-01/12/2001)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Tveitt, Geirr : Concerto for Piano no 4 ("Aurora Borealis"), Op. 130
  • Performers: Håvard Gimse (Piano); Gunilla Süssmann (Piano)
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (01/07/2001-01/12/2001)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947