Harald Sæverud: Sinfonia Dolorosa, Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, Psalm symphony – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

HARALD SÆVERUD: Concerto for oboe and orchestra · Salme (Symphony No. 7) · Sinfoniamore… Dolorosa

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra · Karsten Andersen, conductor · Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra · Mariss Jansons, conductor · Erik Niord Larsen, oboe

Sinfonia dolorosa was composed during the German occupation of Norway. It is dedicated to a close friend of the composer who lost his life fighting with the Resistance.

Orchestral Works by Sæverud

Sinfonia dolorosa was composed during the German occupation of Norway. It is dedicated to a close friend of the composer who lost his life fighting with the Resistance. The symphony is in one movement and is of an uncommonly firm and unified construction. It opens immediately with the main theme, an expressive, choral-like melody introduced by the strings and repeated by the brass instruments. This is followed by a second and third theme, both similar in character to the main theme, which means that there is no marked contrast in the movement. These themes are later developed, contrapuntally interwoven, and to some extent transformed.
In both form and expression Sinfonia dolorosa is a highly concentrated piece of music. Extremely personal and deeply moving in its tragic sincerity, it has become a cornerstone of Norwegian symphonic music.

Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, Op. 12
The composer himself has this to say of the oboe concerto:
”The form of the first movement has been treated relatively freely with an interesting conundrum for the musicologists in the last thirteen bars. The oboe concerto bears the dedication: To my Marie, and this is my thanks for the inspiration my first meeting with my wife-to-be gave me for what I myself consider to be ’my loveliest melody’. We hear the melody in the Adagio, but it is also repeated later in the Finale, first remote and mysterious in the clarinet, then taken up again by the soloist. Apart from this the finale goes ’over stock and stone’.

Salme (1945) is subtitled ”A symphony of hardship, struggle, faith, and gratitude. Mother´s and father´s symphony”. It is in one movement, divided into five sections: Hymns; Yuletide Variations; Stave Church Chimes; Fugue; Glorification. The symphony is built around two chorales (Choral I and Choral II), a hymn tune, and a ”Chime motif”. All the material in it is Sæverud´s own.

Release date: 13.10.1992

EAN : 7044581349533

Cat.No.: NCDB4953

Priskategori : CD