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  • Conductor: Christian Lindberg, Rune A. Halvorsen
  • Composer: Ole Olsen
  • Audio CD (27 Jun. 2011)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B004ZH35FQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Asgaardsreien, Op.10 - Christian Lindberg/Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
2. Concerto in F major for trombone and orchestra, Op.48 (46) - Christian Lindberg/Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
3. Symphony No.1 in G major, Op.5 - Christian Lindberg/Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra

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Born in Hammerfest, situated some 450 km north of the Arctic Circle, Ole Olsen was a contemporary of Grieg and Svendsen. He studied at the conservatory in Leipzig and returning to Norway in 1874, Olsen completed his Symphony No. 1. From early in his career he had been influenced by the major works of Wagner and Liszt, and it is possible that Liszts symphonic poems were the inspiration for Asgaardsreien (The Ride of Asgaard). In the work, Olsen vividly depicted the mythical Wild Hunt. This fascinating composer and his colourful music are portrayed here in the first recording by the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra, based in the region of Tromsø-Bodø. The orchestras flamboyant chief conductor, Christian Lindberg, also appears in his guise as trombone virtuoso in the first ever recording of Olsens Concerto for Tenor Trombone and Orchestra from 1886.

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Three cheers-a worthy revival,very well executed.I look forward to more Olsen from Lindberg,which the booklet suggests we'll get. **** --Classic fm Magazine,Oct'11

Born and based in Hammerfest,Norway,Ole Olsen(1850-1927) called himself 'the World's Northenmost Composer'.His music is pleasant enough;the Trombone Concerto is a lively vehicle for Lindberg.*** --BBC Music Magazine,Christmas'11

A richly coloured and supremely agile performance from Christian Lindberg,who also conducts the companion works with considerable conviction.The Orchestra plays well and the sound is excellent. --IRR,Oct'11

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Peacock on 10 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
This enterprising programme devoted to Norwegian composer, Ole Olsen, opens with a bang, a shortish Lisztian symphonic poem that invokes the wild horde of Norse mythology, riding "foaming black horses... With only the skies as their foothold"* in search of warriors to snatch up and carry off to Asgaard. It's a wonderful, stirring piece, in some ways a forerunner of 'Lemminkainen's Return' though with a more earthily folk-like turn to some of the melodic writing but - unlike Sibelius' headlong orchestral gallop - one that has occasional extended periods of repose during its course, no doubt in response to the narrative poem that inspired it. There is some lovely writing for clarinet and harp during the first of these interludes and, indeed, the orchestration is colourful and highly assured throughout.

The tenor trombone concerto is a little more subdued orchestrally though no less effective for that; it's an unusual choice of solo instrument for the Romantic period - like Rimsky-Korsakov in Russia, Olsen was an inspector of military bands and the piece reflects his intimate knowledge of the brass section. The concerto is surprisingly lyrical and, in the finale, witty too. Lindberg relinquishes the conductor's baton to assume the soloist's role here and he dispatches the part with an impressive sense of ease and shapes the composer's melodic lines with a clear feeling for the emotional warmth inherent in this music.

The first symphony pre-dates 'Asgaardsreien' by a couple of years or so.
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