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Saeverud - Ouvertura appassionata

Composer Harald Saeverud
Performer Vidar Austvik
Robert Rönnes
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Ole Kristian Ruud, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-1032 CD
EAN 7318590010327
Format CD
Release date Dec 2005
Total time 70'37

American Record Guide: Critic's Choice.

With this eighth volume we close our series of the orchestral music by Norway's greatest symphonist, Harald Sæverud (1897-1992). The backbone of the project has been his nine symphonies, including the unnumbered Sinfonia dolorosa (No. 6) and Salme ('Psalm', No. 7). This, the final disc, opens with what remains of the very first symphony, composed during Sæverud's student days in Berlin around 1920. Overtura appassionata was originally conceived as the finale of the (never completed) symphony and first performed – in Berlin – under the title Symphonic Fantasy in 1921. Later reworked and renamed, it betrays Sæverud's roots in late romanticism, but also points forward to features of his individual tonal language, including the eruptive force that we find in much of the later orchestral music. Accompanying the Overtura are a number of works composed during 1939-1943 – a period which more or less corresponds with the German occupation of Norway. But unlike the three 'war symphonies', Nos. 5-7, written as a reaction to the political situation, these are smaller-scale pieces. Several of them (Goat Song Variations, Small Bird Waltz) are inspired by the peaceful surroundings of the composer's home in the countryside, and all except the Divertimento have their origins in the small-scale piano pieces which became Sæverud's safety valve when the darkness of war became over-powering. Among this later group are some of the composer's most well-loved pieces, such as Rondo amoroso in his own version for oboe, bassoon and strings. As on previous discs in this series it is the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra who perform the music of their compatriot. Conducted by Ole Kristian Ruud, their interpretations on other instalments have been described as 'splendid', 'committed and alert', and to the reviewer who asked for 'more, please!' after volume 5 we can only say: You're welcome!

Some press voices:

"Auch klanglich kann diese Einspielung an Durchsichtigkeit glänzen. Das Klangpanorama dieses Orchesters wirkt breit, die Ortung einzelner Instrumente ist sehr gut möglich. Vor allem in dynamischer Hinsicht scheuen sich Ruud und das Stavanger Symphony Orchestra nicht, in die Extreme zu gehen. Sæveruds Sinfonien können, derart frisch musiziert, in ihrer kompositorischen Dichte mitreißen. Bravo!" 02/2006
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  Harald Saeverud (Sæverud)
01 Overtura appasionata, Op.2b 15'33
02 Rondo amoroso for oboe, bassoon and strings. No.4 of Lette stykker for klaver I, Op.14 4'33
03 Goat Song Variations (Gjaetlevise-Variationer), Op.15 12'54
04 Small Bird Waltz (Småfuglevals). No.2 of Lette stykker for klaver II, Op.18 2'21
05 Peasant Brooch Tune (Syljetone). No.2 of Lette stykker for klaver I, Op.14 2'29
06 Mill Tune (Kvernslått). No.2 of Slåtter og stev fra Siljestoel, Suite No.2, Op.22 2'18
  Divertimento No.1 for flute and strings, Op.13 13'42
07 I. Marcia 2'16
08 II. Amoroso 4'46
09 III. Andante 3'45
10 IV. Variazioni continue 2'55
11 Siljudance (Siljuslåtten), Op.17a 10'45
12 Her Last Cradle Song (Den siste bå´nlåt). No.3 of Slåtter og stev fra Siljestoel, Suite No.2, Op.22 2'49
  Album total 70'37
ComposerSaeverud (Sæverud), Harald
OrchestraStavanger Symphony Orchestra
ConductorRuud, Ole Kristian
OboeWaldejer, Erik
BassoonRonnes (Rønnes), Robert
FluteAustvik, Vidar

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