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Nordic Rhapsody

Composer Edvard Grieg
Carl Nielsen
Einojuhani Rautavaara
Jean Sibelius
Christian Sinding
Wilhelm Stenhammar
Performer Johan Dalene
Christian Ihle Hadland
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2560 SACD
EAN 7318599925608
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Mar 2021
Total time 68'24

Nordic pieces for violin and piano
Only 20 years old, Johan Dalene has already been hailed as ‘a musician of special sensibilities’ (Gramophone) in possession of ‘a rare fire’ (Diapason), and his début disc, with the concertos of Tchaikovsky and Barber, was described as ‘one of the finest violin débuts of the last decade’ in the BBC Music Magazine. &&&

For his second album, the Scandinavian violinist has chosen repertoire closer to home, with works by six Nordic composers. This is music that lies equally well under the hands of his partner, the Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, and together the two offer a programme full of contrasts, and yet with a certain consistent sensibility. Nordic Rhapsody is bookended by two Norwegian composers, Christian Sinding and Edvard Grieg. What is interesting is that even though Sinding’s Suite ‘in the old style’ was composed some 25 years after Grieg’s Sonata No. 1, it is the latter work that is most forward-looking. Here the composer introd­uces elements of his national style, which in turn would contribute to the development of ‘a Nordic style’.

Following on the heels of Sinding is a Swedish-Finnish-Danish trio with personal ties – Wilhelm Stenhammar was a close friend of both Sibelius and Nielsen, whose music inspired him to free himself from Central European influences. His Romances and the three miniatures by Sibelius were composed during the 1910s, while Nielsen’s Romance in D major is a youthful work offering Dalene – winner of the 2019 Nielsen Competition – the opportunity to send a greeting to the composer. Last but not least among these composers, Einojuhani Rautavaara represents a great leap in time. His music is often described as synonymous with a contemporary ‘Nordic style’, however, and the transition from Notturno e danza (1993) to Grieg’s Sonata is as smooth as the ice on a Finnish lake in winter.
 
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  Christian Sinding
  Suite im alten Stil, Op. 10 12'25
01 I. Presto 1'56
02 II. Adagio 5'09
03 III. Tempo giusto 5'20
 
 
  Wilhelm Stenhammar
  Two Sentimental Romances, Op. 28 11'41
04 I. Andantino 5'56
05 II. Allegro patetico 5'45
 
 
  Jean Sibelius
  Six Pieces, Op. 79 10'30
06 I. Souvenir. Tempo moderato 4'41
07 V. Tanz-Idylle. Allegretto 2'59
08 VI. Berceuse. Andantino 2'50
 
 
  Carl Nielsen
09 Romance in D major, CNW 61 3'15
 
 
  Einojuhani Rautavaara
  Notturno e Danza 8'30
10 Notturno 6'07
11 Danza 2'23
 
 
  Edvard Grieg
  Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8 21'56
12 I. Allegro con brio 9'30
13 II. Allegretto quasi andantino 5'09
14 III. Allegro molto vivace 7'17
 
  Album total 68'24
ComposerGrieg, Edvard
Nielsen, Carl
Rautavaara, Einojuhani
Sibelius, Jean
Sinding, Christian
Stenhammar, Wilhelm
ViolinDalene, Johan
PianoHadland, Christian Ihle

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