Music of Scandinavia

August 19, 2019, 7:00 pm

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The lighter these northern lands are in the summer just means the darker the winters will be, and these dark winters are in the living tissue of every Scandinavian. Their movies, orchestral works, poems, and paintings are comfortably at home expressing deep, dark emotions. Exploring Music has featured the works of Grieg and Nielsen, but there are a great many wonderful works by other composers that we will hear this week. Bill will feature composers like Wilhelm Stenhammar, Per Nørgård, and Lars-Erik Larsson, and we will hear this music performed by Scandinavian artists of today.

Playlist

Episode 1

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger: “Fridolins Lustgård”V. Aspåkers-Polska
Anne Sofie Von Otter, soprano Bengt Forsberg. piano
DG 449189-2
1:26

Johan Helmich Roman: Drottningholmsmusiken
1 Presto – Lento – Viviace
Drottningholm Festival Orchestra/Seg Westerberg
Discofil 1019
7:34

Franz Berwald: Tragic Overture: “Estrella De Soria”
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Ulf Björlin
EMI 65866
7:45

Franz Berwald: Symphony No. 4 In E Flat, “Sinfonie Naïve” –
I. Allegro Risoluto; II. Adagio

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Ulf Björlin
EMI 65866
16:27

Wilhelm Stenhammar: Serenade In F Major, Op. 31
I. Overtura, Allegrissimo; II. Reverenza
Neeme Järvi & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Bis 310
13:57

Stenhammar: Visor Och Stämningar, Op. 26
5. Det Far Ett Skepp (A Ship is Sailing)

Anne Sofie Von Otter, soprano; Bengt Forsberg, piano
DG 449189
1:31

Episode 2

Ture Rangström: Melodi
Anne Sofie Von Otter, soprano; Bengt Forsberg, piano
DG 449189
1:29

Wilhelm Petersen-Berger: Jungfrun under Lind
Jussi Björling, tenor
RCA 60520
2:45

Wilhelm Stenhammar – Stjarnoga, Op. 20, No. 1
Haken Hagegard, Warren Jones
RCA 68097
2:11

Johan Helmich Roman: Sinfonia No. 16 D-major
Drottningholm Festival Orchestra/ Seg Westerberg
Discofil 1019
7:32

Hugo Alfven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 11
III: Allegro
Ireland National Symphony Orchestra/ Niklas Willen
Naxos: 8.555072
5:51

Kurt Atterberg: Earth
Lars-Erik Larson: Earth’s Moon – Jealous onlooker –
Kurt Atterberg: Titan – Giant moon of Saturn
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Ulf Björlin
EMI 56151
13:08

Hugo Alfven: Swedish Rhapsody No. 1 for Orchestra, Op. 19 “Midsommarvaka” (1903)
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sony 46668
13:14

Ragnar Althen: “Land, du vâlsignade, Thou Blessed Land”
Jussi Björling, tenor
Nimbus 7879
2:32

Episode 3

Ole Bull: I Ensomme Stunde
Arve Tellefsen, violin Havard Gimse, piano
Simax 1312
1:23

Ole Bull: Sæterjentens Søndag, The Herdgirl’s Sunday
Arve Tellefsen, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra/ Evind Aadland
Simax 1312
2:5e

Ole Bull: Et Sæterbesøg, A Mountain Vision
Arve Tellefsen, violin
Simax 1312
7:10

Ole Bull: Agiaco Cubano; Andante Maestoso
Arve Tellefsen, violin
Simax 1312
3:18

Ole Bull: Cantabile Doloroso E Rondo Giocoso
Arve Tellefsen, violin
Simax 1312
8:32

Ole Bull: Polacca Guerriera
Arve Tellefsen, violin
Simax 1312
10:22

Edvard Grieg: Cello Sonata In A Minor, Op. 36
1. Allegro Agitato

Truls Mørk, violoncello; Havard Gimse, piano
Virgin Classics 5450342
9:44

Edvard Grieg: Norwegian Dances, Op. 35  No.2 and No. 1
Michala Petri, Recorder
RCA 68769
6:45

Episode 4

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op. 46 – Morning Mood
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
DG 000035202
4:06

Grieg: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16, 1. Allegro Moderato
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Kitajenko
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Virgin 91198
13:34

Grieg: String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 27 
1. Un Poco Andante, Allegro Molto Ed Agitato 2. Romanze: Andantino
4. Finale: Lento, Presto Al Saltarello
Truls Mørk, Solve Sigerland, Lars Anders Tomter, Atle Sponberg
Virgin 45505
11:59

Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 72
Summer Evening; Remembrances
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
EMI 57296
2:25

Episode 5

Friedrich Ludwig Aemilius Kunzen: The Hallelujah Of Creation
I. O Gott!: Und Leben, II. Licht Und Freud’ Ist Ewig
III. Heilig! Heilig! Heilig! IV. Lob Und Ehre Dem Ewigen!

Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Peter Marschik
Susanne Elmark, soprano
DaCapo/ Marco Polo 8.224070
6:41

Carl Nielsen: Symphony No.4, Op. 29, “The Inextinguishable”
IV. Allegro
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Alan Gilbert
DaCapo 6.220624
9:02

Nielsen: Symphony No.5, Op. 50
I. Tempo Giusto II. Adagio Non Troppo (beginning)
III. Allegro
Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Herbert Blomstedt
Dacapo 8.206002
11:51, 2:39

Rued Langgaard: String Quartet No.1, BVN 68
1. Andante Ma Non Troppo, Piu Tranquillo

Nightingale Quartet
Dacapo 6.220577
8:45

Rued Langgaard: Symphony No. 4
I. Skovbrus (Rustle in the Forest) II. Solstrejf (Glimpse of the Sun)
III. Allargando

Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos 9064
7:15

Carl Nielsen: Strofiske Sange, Op. 21, FS 42, Book 1: No. 2.
Saenk Kun Dit Hoved, Du Blomst (Just Lower Thy Head, O Flower)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Michael Schonwandt
Bo Skovhus, baritone
Itunes
2:06