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Nordic Showcase

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1538 CD
Release date2007-04-10
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time60:46

International Record Review: outstanding.

The idea of a specifically Nordic character in music has as many supporters as it has detractors. One problem in deciding which side to join is that one often ends up comparing a small number of universally known pieces, such as the Grieg's Piano Concerto, Sibelius’ Finlandia and Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony – and quickly realizes that this is the equivalent of comparing apples and pears! Nordic Showcase gives the listener an opportunity to make up her/his own mind, combining as it does less widely exposed music from all five Nordic countries – the most famous pieces being Nielsen’s Little Suite and Svendsen’s Romance. With the exception of the Armida Overture by Swedish composer Anders Wesström (1720-1781), all the works were composed between the end of the 19th and the middle of the 20th century. They are performed here by the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, based in the Swedish city of Sundsvall – more or less the geographic centre of the Nordic countries. Since 2005 the orchestra has been collaborating closely with its new principal conductor, the distinguished trombonist Christian Lindberg, who conducts them here on the team’s first disc. Making a guest appearance in Svendsen’s Romance is eminent Australian violinist Richard Tognetti.
Extra material for download
  Composer: Nielsen, Carl
  Suite for string orchestra, Op.1 13:44
01 I. Prelude. Andante con moto 02:48 $ 0.59 USD
02 II. Intermezzo. Allegro moderato 04:51 $ 1.02 USD
03 III. Finale. Andante con moto – Allegro con brio 06:05 $ 1.28 USD
  Composer: Svendsen, Johan
04 Romance for violin and orchestra, Op.26 07:53 $ 1.66 USD
  Composer: Wesström, Anders
  Armida Overture 07:49
05 I. Allegro 02:39 $ 0.56 USD
06 II. Andante cantabile 03:16 $ 0.69 USD
07 III. Allegro assai 01:54 $ 0.40 USD
  Composer: Leifs, Jón
08 Variazioni Pastorali, Op.8 (Variations on a theme of
10:44 $ 2.25 USD
  Composer: Linde, Bo
  Concerto piccolo, Op.35 for wind quintet and string orchestra 10:47
09 I. Preludio e scherzo 04:33 $ 0.96 USD
10 II. Canto 03:20 $ 0.70 USD
11 III. Finale 02:54 $ 0.61 USD
  Composer: Sibelius, Jean
12 Impromptu for strings 08:04 $ 1.69 USD
  Album total 60:46
OrchestraNordic Chamber Orchestra
ComposerLeifs, Jón
Linde, Bo
Nielsen, Carl
Sibelius, Jean
Svendsen, Johan
Wesström, Anders
ConductorLindberg, Christian
ViolinTognetti, Richard

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