This generous--66-minute--CD consists of works inspired by Bjornson, a key figure in Norway's embrace of nationalism in the 19th century. "Landkjenning" or "Land-Sighting," the opening work for male chorus, soloist and orchestra, conveys the fervor of Norwegian sailors as they see their coast on their return from England. Listeners familiar with Wagner's Flying Dutchman and its sea choruses will recognize some similarities. The incidental music excerpts from Bjornson's plays include vocal solos, choruses, horn calls and marches, replete with drums and cymbals; if you like some of the dramatic "Peer Gynt" incidental music, this one just might be for you. The final piece, "Resignation," is Grieg's arrangement of a song by Norwegian composer Edmund Neupert that closes the program; again, the mood is nationalistic but nostalgic and reflective in tone, in contrast to the tub-thumping theatre works. While no match for world-class ensembles, the Malmo Opera and Symphony Orchestras perform with conviction, and the soloists and choirs dispatch the Norwegian lyrics with enthusiasm. Sonics are first-rate, although these pieces would be even more exciting in Blu-Ray or Surround Sound formats. In all, a good deal at the Naxos asking price.