Scandinavian Festival

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
"Scandinavian Festival" provides a smorgasbord of romantic pieces by Norwegian, Finnish, and Swedish composers replete with nationalist sentiment, ingenuous emotion, and broadly brushed colors. Christian Sinding's perennial favorite, "The Rustle of Spring," opens the program with effervescent energy. Edvard Grieg is the best represented composer here, and his orchestral miniatures give the widest range of moods, from the joyous outbursts of the "Norwegian Dances" to the turns of melancholy and yearning in his "Lyric Suite." The "Karelia Overture" by Jean Sibelius is sweeping in its scenic tone painting, and the patriotic fervor that energizes it is convincing, even when...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
"Scandinavian Festival" provides a smorgasbord of romantic pieces by Norwegian, Finnish, and Swedish composers replete with nationalist sentiment, ingenuous emotion, and broadly brushed colors. Christian Sinding's perennial favorite, "The Rustle of Spring," opens the program with effervescent energy. Edvard Grieg is the best represented composer here, and his orchestral miniatures give the widest range of moods, from the joyous outbursts of the "Norwegian Dances" to the turns of melancholy and yearning in his "Lyric Suite." The "Karelia Overture" by Jean Sibelius is sweeping in its scenic tone painting, and the patriotic fervor that energizes it is convincing, even when the music veers ever so slightly toward bombast. Hugo Alfvén's "Swedish Rhapsody" is perhaps the most inventive work presented, successfully blending jaunty melodies and even a little slapstick humor with music of intensely dark feeling, a stark contrast often found in Scandinavian music. The festive "Norwegian Artists' Carnival" by Johan Svendsen symbolizes its Roman setting with an Italian folk tune, though the artists are portrayed by their own distinctive Norwegian melodies. The Allegro giocoso from Grieg's "Symphonic Dances" closes out the disc with a boisterous romp. Richard Edlinger's performances with the CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra are passionate and invigorating, and the sound of this 1988 recording is quite good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1992
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099509022
  • Catalog Number: 8550090
  • Sales rank: 224,174

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rustle of Spring, Op 32/3 - Christian Sinding & Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice (2:50)
  2. 2–5 Norwegian Dances (4) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 35 - Edvard Grieg & Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice (17:26)
  3. 3 Karelia Overture, for orchestra, Op. 10 - Jean Sibelius & Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice (9:31)
  4. 4 Swedish Rhapsody No.1 'Midsommarvaka' Op. 19 - Hugo Alfvén & Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice (13:31)
  5. 8–11 Lyric Suite for orchestra (orchestration of Op. 54) - Edvard Grieg & Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice (16:39)
  6. 9 Norwegian Artists' Carnival, for orchestra, Op. 14 - Johan Svendsen & Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice (6:25)
  7. 10 Symphonic Dances (4) for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 64: No. 3. Allegro giocoso - Edvard Grieg & Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice (6:16)
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Performance Credits
Richard Edlinger Primary Artist
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