• PSC1325.jpg
  • PSC1325_inlay_web.jpg

Fartein Valen – on the path to his modernism – Einar Henning Smebye

FARTEIN VALEN: String Quartet, Op. 0 · Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 3 · Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opmore…. 5

Einar Henning Smebye, piano · Tor Johan Bøen, violin · Per Kristian Skalstad, violin · Bénédicte Royer, viola · Johannes Martens, cello

Fartein Valen’s persona became an ideal, at the same time as his music was being studied in depth by the young radicals in Scandinavia who, after 1945, were searching for a new modernism.

kr 139

Fartein Valen’s Metamorphosis

Fartein Valen was one of the great innovative composers of the first half of the 1900s. This extremely modest and reserved man had at the same time a strong self awareness, a unique charm and authority, and a wide network of contacts. His persona became an ideal, at the same time as his music was being studied in depth by the young radicals in Scandinavia who, after 1945, were searching for a new modernism.
Renowned pianist Einar Henning Smebye and violinist Tor Johan Bøen are at the front of a group of dedicated performers on this CD, documenting the elegant transition from classical-romanticism to the experimental modernism that Valen fought his way towards. The music also shows us that which permeates all of Valen’s production: he was always a romantic in expression; he was on the whole a classicist in form and texture; he valued tradition and the connection to the music and culture of earlier times.

More

Fartein Valen was one of the great innovative composers of the first half of the 1900s. This extremely modest and reserved man had at the same time a strong self awareness, a unique charm and authority, and a wide network of contacts. His persona became an ideal, at the same time as his music was being studied in depth by the young radicals in Scandinavia who, after 1945, were searching for a new modernism.

Opus 0, 3 and 5. Works dating from 1909 and until 1924

It was the score of this quartet, composed while Valen was studying composition with Catharinus Elling in Christiania, that Director Max Bruch saw and which made him open up the Berlin Music Conservatory’s lofty doors to Valen. The Violin Sonata, and later the orchestral song Ave Maria, confirmed Valen’s reputation as a radical composer. The result of his long study of scores, theory – including Schoenberg’s harmony teaching – and his many and extensive contrapuntal exercises, in his head and on paper, were to be united with his need for expression and his creative mind in the Piano Trio. It was a long road, both in time and sketches: in the box with the Trio’s preliminary studies were 1200 tightly written sides of manuscript paper.

Modernism according to Fartein Valen

It is clear that Valen’s use of the word modernism is different from how we use it today. To Valen modernism was more an outlook on the world and life. Modern life, large cities and new technology, and progress in much everyday business, transport and the gramophone, new science and rationality created an almost new image of the world and an altered view of human nature with strong optimism for the future. However, the roots of the past were also important for Valen, both in religion, morality, history and art, and when in his letters he writes about existential subjects, it comes from his evangelical faith and Søren Kierkegaard’s writings.

Release date: 25.04.2014

EAN : 7033662013258

Cat.No.: PSC1325

Priskategori : CD