Folke Strømholm/Magne Hegdal – London Philharmonic Orchestra

FOLKE STRØMHOLM: Noai'di - Wind Quintet No. 2 · Farewell to the Piano · Samiædnan · Water - a Phnomenological Study ·
MAGNE G HEGDAL: Concerto 2 · "Three Prunes" (Salon music for piano) · Sinfonia formore…
orchestra

Per Øien, flute · Erik Niord Larsen, oboe · Harald Bergersen, clarinet · Torleiv Nedberg, bassoon · Odd Ulleberg, french horn · Einar Henning Smebye, piano · Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra · Karsten Andersen, conductor · Elisabeth Klein, piano · London Philharmonic Orchestra Per Dreier, conductor Magne G Hegdal, piano Bergen Wind Quintet

Folke Strømholm has written piano works, vocal works, chamber music, piano concertos and several orchestral works. His use of the Sami chant, the joik, is characteristic in his material, e.g. in Sámi Ouverture (1969) and Sámiædnan (1972). Hegdals is known for his aleatoric style, meaning music in which elements of the composition are left to chance, which was very noticable in much-discussed, audiovisual work Concerto (1983-85).

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Folke Srømholm and Magne Hegdal

Folke Strømholm
The composer comments on his work, Noai´di—Wind Quintet No. 2, Op 28:
The music is based upon two Sámi joiks, and the monotone character of the joik pervades the entire work. Noai´di was the Sámi shaman who, through ecstasy and trance, was able to get in touch with the invisible world.”

Farewell to the Piano (1976)
Concerning the composition the composer says: ”The title may be interpreted in many ways. It contains despair over how difficult it is to compose good piano music, — this was to be the last piece I composed for the piano.”

Sámiædnan Op. 24 (1971/71) is based on four Sámi joiks. Strømholm sums up his Sámiædnan in the following words:
”It is a tone poem, though it does not portray any specific event. If anything, it evokes the texture of life in this challenging and enchanting region of our country — that is, of northern Norway, the land of the Sámi people. But it is a ”land” in conflict, not least in conflict with the national policy of exploiting natural resources; it is not all poetry and idyll.

Water — A Phenomenological Study, Op. 27.
Composed in 1973 Water really introduces a completely new piano style, which is taken further in such works as Tapestry Music, Farewell to the Piano and Mattinata No. 1 and Mattinata No. 2. Water is dedicated to Elisabeth Klein.

Magne Hegdal
Concerto II, written in 1978, was commissioned by Ny Musikk, the Norwegian section of the ISCM, for the London Sinfonietta. Although the piano has a dominating role, the work was not conceived as a piano concerto. The piano was chosen as a timbral element which was to mediate between different groups which ”concert” or compete with one another.

Concerning Three Prunes the composer says: ”They relate to romantic salon music as prunes to plums. Three Prunes is an attempt to say something that seems familiar but is profoundly and essentially different from traditional music and therefore gradually changes the listener.”
Hegdal claims that there exists a certain musical kinship between the music of Erik Satie and this work.

Sinfonia for orchestra is in two movements, and Hegdal says that in it ”the regular and the incidental are closely linked: the ones makes the other possible.”

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra |Bergen Wind Quintet |Einar Henning Smebye |Elisabeth Klein |Erik Niord Larsen |Folke Strømholm |Harald Bergersen |Karsten Andersen |London Philharmonic Orchestra |Odd Ulleberg |Per Dreier |Per Øien |Torleiv Nedberg

Release date: 25.03.1992

EAN : 7041880249519

Cat.No.: NCDB4951

Priskategori : CD