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Geirr Tveitt: Concerto No. 2 for Hardanger Fiddle, Piano Sonata No. 20 – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra · Karsten Andersen, conductor · Kjell Bækkelund, piano · Sigbjørn Bernhoft Osa, hardanger fiddle

Includes one of Tveitt’s most successful compositions, Hundrad Hardingtonar for orchestra (Op.151), which won him a well-deserved reputation as a distinguished representative of Scandinavian music.

kr 139

Folk music traditions

Piano Sonata No. 29, Op. 129, Sonata etere, published by Norsk Musikforlag A/S in 1950, has been termed one of the most interesting works in Norwegian piano literature and one highly characteristic of its composer. Because of its breadth of conception and the profusion of its means of expression, the sonata makes very heavy calls on the ability of the performer to set off the wealth of material against the intrinsic logic of the work, to accord with the composer´s intentions. Melodically and harmonically the work builds on extended modal scales with a firm tonal foundation but embodying constantly changing tetrachords, a principle rooted in Norwegian folk music.

In Hundrad Hardingtonar there is unmistakable evidence that the composer´s style is influenced by his feeling for all that is genuine in Norwegian Music; he adopts a direct approach to the folk music of his country by relying on authentic music alone. His Concerto No. 2 for Hardanger Fiddle and Orchestra Three Fjords is different.
Here he approaches Norwegian folk music indirectly. This violin concerto is distinguished from Hundrad Hardingtonar by the fact that Tveitt here attempts to interweave folkloristic features and a more universal mode of expression. Although the titles of the three movements are Hardanger Fjord, Sogne Fjord, and Nord Fjord, the composer is not merely describing these landscapes; the music is absolute music expressed in a decidedly tonal, but ”modern” dissonant tonal language.

Taking the Hardanger fiddle away from its natural folk-music setting and introducing it into a conventional concerto might have led to a clash between two musical cultures, but Tveitt deserves praise for the masterly manner in which he has wedded the two to form a natural and convincing whole.

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra |Geirr Tveitt |Karsten Andersen |Kjell Bækkelund |Sigbjørn Bernhoft Osa

Release date: 16.01.1992

EAN : 7044581349458

Cat.No.: NCDB4945

Priskategori : CD