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.