What better way to celebrate the centenary of Norway in 2005 than to present the music written by our five greatest orchestral composers in the national romantic tradition. Five different composers merging national and international inspiration in their music. This is the Heartland of our classical orchestral tradition, presented in new and sparkling performances by one of the top orchestras in the world. Released as SACD Hybrid 5.1 surround/stereo.
The core of Norwegian national romantic orchestral music
These are five composers with strong individual profiles and characteristics – very different in their expression, but with this unmistakable Norwegian attribute as an inspirational driving force audible in their music. They all relate in one way or another to the Norwegian folk musical tradition. Incorporating and developing themes as Svendsen, Grieg and Halvorsen does, collecting and expanding tunes within and orchestral spectrum as does Tveitt, or hooking on to the very spirit behind the folk music in Sæverud’s fashion. This music holds a multitude of different moods and experiences, just like the country itself.
The Oslo Philharmonics in their first Surround Sound release
It is an honour for the national orchestra of Norway to present this selection of the best there is of romantic orchestral music in the history of the young nation. Lead by maestro Michail Jurowski, one of the foremost conductors of our time and a strong profile in the Nordic repertory, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra sounds magnificent in this Surround Sound recording.
Soloists from the top shelf
Pianist Sigurd Slåttebrekk has had striking success with his two releases of piano music (Ravel and Schumann) and here he gives a reading of the Grieg piano concerto worthy of a centenary celebration! Inspired by Percy Grainger’s notes from his meetings with Grieg and the edition he prepared with the composer’s blessing, Slåttebrekk kindles some of the original élan and freshness of this familiar concerto. Soprano Isa Katharina Gericke gives a moving performance as Solveig in Sæverud’s music to Peer Gynt. Arve Moen Bergset, renowned singer, violinist and Hardangerfiddler, performs the traditional stevs (songs) that Tveitt makes use of in his Hardanger tunes.