The norwegian composer Fartein Valen's geniuos music have been for a long time neglected. Untill now three recordings of his Violin Concerto (all played by Arve Tellefsen with different orchestras)and some old recordings of symphonic poems been available. In the mid eightis Aldo Ceccato and the Bergen Philharmonic recorded Valen's four symphonies which was at that time very welcome. Christian Eggen, however, has gone deep into Valen's scores and worked hard to restore the scores from spots of ink etc.
Eggen and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra gives us for the first time a fair chance to listen to this marvellous music.Elisa Båtnes as soloist in the Violin Concerto plays with bauety and insight. Some will say that Valen's music is complicated (his use of the twelft tone system) but remember Valen's own words about music : "You shall not understand, but listen!"
The sound from these BIS recordings are also perfect. Don't hesistate buy these CDs and you will find a new and wonderful musical world.
Trond Halle, Shetland