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Valen – Orchestral Music, Volume 2

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1632 CD
Release date2008-08-15
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time61:49

Klassik Heute 10/10/10.

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christian Eggen continue the survey of their compatriot Fartein Valen’s orchestral music with a programme spanning the years 1932-1946. Valen had by then already established his distinctive tonal language, an atonal counterpoint based on his studies of Bach with inspiration from Schoenberg and from Alban Berg. The three single-movement orchestral pieces recorded here were written in the space of just over a year, and all have titles that are rich in extra-musical associations. They are not, however, examples of romantic programme music: the titles reflect the underlying inspiration rather than the content of the works. Nenia, from the Latin, is a lament – or ‘funeral march’ as Valen termed it – inspired by the expressive Roman marble figure known as the ‘Dying Gaul’. For An die Hoffnung it was the poem ‘To Hope’ by John Keats which provided the creative impetus, and it is known that Valen owned a copy of Edmund Spenser’s Epithalamion from 1595, as he was composing the work which he intended as a wedding gift to his nephew. These shorter works may be seen as preliminary studies for Valen’s symphonies, of which No.2 and No.3 were composed from 1941 to 1946. During this time – which more or less coincides with the German occupation of Norway – Valen led a reclusive life on the family farm, spending his time composing and tending his beloved rose garden. As a symphonist, Valen was not interested in the traditional symphonic development but he did want to preserve the character of the extended lines with long spans through polyphony. To quote the liner notes by Valen specialist Arvid Vollsnes, ‘many of the movements are like gigantic fugues. They have a dynamic, rather than an architectural form even though we encounter sonata form, Lied form and rondos.’
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Valen, Fartein
01 Nenia, Op.18 No.1 04:52 $ 1.02 USD
02 An die Hoffnung, Op.18 No.2 05:50 $ 1.23 USD
03 Epithalamion, Op.19 05:54 $ 1.24 USD
  Symphony No.2, Op.40 23:12
04 I. Allegro con brio 06:29 $ 1.36 USD
05 II. Adagio 09:46 $ 2.05 USD
06 III. Allegretto 02:14 $ 0.47 USD
07 IV. Finale. Allegro molto 04:43 $ 0.99 USD
  Symphony No.3, Op.41 20:07
08 I. Allegro moderato 07:06 $ 1.49 USD
09 II. Larghetto 07:15 $ 1.52 USD
10 III. Intermezzo. Allegro 02:10 $ 0.46 USD
11 IV. Finale. Allegro 03:36 $ 0.76 USD
  Album total 61:49
ComposerValen, Fartein
OrchestraStavanger Symphony Orchestra
ConductorEggen, Christian

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