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.
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