Halvorsen, J.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Neeme Järvi, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Marianne Thorsen & Melina Mandozzi
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||Bojarernes intogsmarsch (Entry March of the Boyars)||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||4:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Andante Religioso||Neeme Järvi, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Marianne Thorsen||6:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mascarade Suite: I. Holberg-Ouverture||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||5:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mascarade Suite: II. Cotillon||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||2:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mascarade Suite: III. Menuetto||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||4:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mascarade Suite: IV. Hanedansen||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||3:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mascarade Suite: V. Gavotte||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mascarade Suite: VI. Molinasque||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||2:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mascarade Suite: VII. Kehraus||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||1:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mascarade Suite: VIIIa. Arietta||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||3:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mascarade Suite: VIIIb. Passepied||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||2:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||La melancolie (after In Moments of Solitude by O.B. Bull)||Neeme Järvi, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Melina Mandozzi||2:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 1 in C minor: I. Allegro non troppo - Un poco piu mosso - Poco meno mosso - Agitato - Tempo I - Animato - Meno mosso - Largamente - Piu mosso||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||11:55||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 1 in C minor: II. Andante - Piu mosso - Tempo I - Molto piu mosso - Tempo I - Tranquillo - Piu mosso - Pesante - Tranquillo - Adagio||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||8:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 1 in C minor: III. Scherzo: Lento - Allegro con spirito - Allegretto - Piu mosso - Meno mosso - Tempo I (Allegro con spirito) - Lento - Allegro molto||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||6:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 1 in C minor: IV. Finale: Introduction: Andante - Allegro deciso - Un poco meno mosso - Tranquillo - Molto tranquillio - Tempo I (Allegro deciso) - Poco meno mosso - Un poco meno mosso - Allegro molto||Neeme Järvi & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra||8:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Second tier Norwegian composer
A great violin virtuoso, Johan Halvorsen has been pretty much overshadowed by his countryman Edward Grieg in the pantheon of Norwegian composers. In his day Halvorsen was acclaimed for his skills as a violinist and made a name for himself as a composer of theater music. There’s a generous sampling of his theater music as well as a symphony and two pieces for violin and orchestra on this recording.
One of Halvorsen’s most famous works, the Entry March of the Boyars, opens the recording. It’s a fun bit of fluff that boasts some colorful orchestration and features a particularly effusive triangle part. If you like splashy orchestral vulgarity, this is the piece for you. The Andante religoso and La Mélancolie are works for violin and orchestra that are little puffs of air that don’t make a case for Halvorsen’s skills as a fiddle virtuoso, but do mark him as a purveyor of top-drawer schmaltz. The extended theater work is a Suite from Mascarade (a comedy by Holberg). Once again, Halvorsen’s vivid orchestral palette is highlighted and there are a couple of pleasant tunes, but it mostly reminded me of second-rate 19th century ballet music. On the other hand, the Symphony No. 1 in C minor is quite good. Halvorsen muzzles his vulgar tendencies and delivers a warmly Romantic work that really deserves wider recognition. Fans of Tchaikovsky and Dvorak will love it.
Neeme Järvi leads the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in outstanding performances that honor the music much than it deserves.
Born: June 7, 1937 in Tallinn, Estonia
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s