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Towards the Mountains - Symphonic Works

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Catalogue numberBIS-1312 CD
Release date2006-12-15
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time63:55

A legend as a folk-fiddler in his native Norway, Eivind Groven was firmly rooted in folk music, and all but self-taught as a composer. Like many other composers before him, he collected folk tunes, contributing more than a thousand to the rich treasures of the Norwegian music archives. His approach to composition was an unusual one, however: much of his music was shaped by his acoustical research into the untempered intonation of Norwegian folk musicians and the specific qualities of the resulting sound. As part of his research he constructed his ‘Automatic Just Intonation Tuning Device’, an organ-like instrument with 36 possible pitches per octave and an ingenious coupling device - assembled from discarded relays from a telephone company - which would choose the correct pitch according to the harmonic context.

What makes Groven so special is that he succeeded in making artistic use of the results of his scientific research, exploiting them in a number of works for orchestra. Typical traits are his frequent use of the chord on a sixth, some highly individual major-minor constellations and a deliberately frugal use of the chordal palette. This disc opens with Groven's most well-known work, the overture Hjalar-ljod, continuing with Symphony No. 1, subtitled 'Towards the Mountains', and the two suites of Norwegian dances ('slåttar'). Through highly acclaimed recordings of the music of Saeverud and Tveitt, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra has done ground-breaking work for Norwegian music abroad. Now they and conductor Eivind Aadland bring yet another neglected countryman to the notice of a wider audience.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Groven, Eivind
01 Hjalar-ljod, overture, Op.38 06:05 $ 1.28 USD
  Symphony No.1, Op.26 ”Innover viddene” (‘Towards the Mountains’) 28:23
02 I. Andante quasi cantabile 06:23 $ 1.34 USD
03 II. Allegro 06:48 $ 1.43 USD
04 III. Largo 08:31 $ 1.79 USD
05 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 06:41 $ 1.40 USD
  Symfoniske slåttar nr.1, Op.43 (Norwegian Symphonic Dances No.1) 14:56
06 I. Brureslått 03:45 $ 0.79 USD
07 II. Springar 03:31 $ 0.74 USD
08 III. Gangar 07:40 $ 1.61 USD
  Faldafeykir [Symfoniske slåttar nr.2], Op.53 (Norwegian Symphonic Dances No.2) 12:52
09 I. Gibø-springar 03:51 $ 0.81 USD
10 II. Taug gangar 05:10 $ 1.09 USD
11 III. Sevlien (halling) 03:51 $ 0.81 USD
  Album total 63:55
OrchestraStavanger Symphony Orchestra
ComposerGroven, Eivind
ConductorAadland, Eivind

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