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1. Entry March of the Boyars
2. *Andante Religioso - Marianne Thorsen/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
3. Mascarade Suite
4. La Mélancolie (arr. Halvorsen)
5. Symphony No 1

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Entry March of the Boyars - Andante Religioso - Mascarade Suite - La Mélancolie (arr. Halvorsen) - Symphonie n°1 / Marianne Thorsen, violon - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Neeme Järvi, direction

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The performances throughout are top-notch and Chandos's sound is of demonstration quality --Gramophone,Aug 2010

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Boring 5 Dec. 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the first of four discs from Neeme Jarvi and the Bergen Philharmonic devoted to the orchestral music of Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. Halvorsen, an almost exact contemporary of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, was more than slightly acquainted with fellow Norwegian Edvard Grieg -- indeed, he married Greig's niece. In general, I very much enjoy mining two veins of late Romantic to early Modern music: That written by Nordic and British composers, and so I approached this disc with some anticipation. Was I disappointed. The album begins with what is perhaps Halvorsen's most frequently heard piece, Entry March of the Boyars, a bombastic bit of fun, but after that followed an hour of uneven boredom. The almost half-hour suite of music from Mascarade has some interesting moments, but I found Andante religioso and La Melancolie quite forgettable, and Halvorsen's First Symphony seemed all dressed up to go nowhere. For a first disc in a series, these may have not been the best selections. I have since listened to Volume Two and can report that it's a bit more interesting; still, at this point, I don't feel that much desire to go to Three and Four. With more choices available, I'd give this release 2.5 stars, but I'm going to err on the generous side.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not the best work by Halvorsen 28 Jun. 2012
By Newton Ooi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Johan Halvorsen is one of the great names in the history of Scandinavian romance music. Following in the footsteps of Edvard Grieg, he was an accomplished composer and performer in various forms of music. Composing for operas, ballets, incidental music and symphonies, his music is grander and more expansive than his uncle Grieg, yet more melodic than his contemporaries Carl Nielsen and Niels Gade. This album contains a sampling of his accomplishments, with the first work "Entry March of the Boyars" being the most famous. I personally prefer the Symphony No 1 and the Suite from Mascarade. Overall, the sound quality is rich and flawless, and the performances are good. You will enjoy it.
very nice pieces well played 25 April 2015
By Eddie Little - Published on Amazon.com
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very nice pieces well played. I'd been wanting to add most of these to my library for some time. The symphony was new to me- also great
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Well, let me see.................... 24 Oct. 2010
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed this disc for its variety of Halvorsen's work which I found charming. The Symphony especially the Andante 2nd movement was especially well done. Engineers, orchestra and conductor did a terrific job.
10 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2nd Tier Norwegian composer 10 May 2010
By Craig M. Zeichner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
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