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Svendsen - Symphonies 1 & 2 [CD]

Johann Svendsen , Bjarte Engeset , Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Composer: Johann Svendsen
  • Audio CD (5 Oct 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000DAJ8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 4: I. Molto allegro 9:41Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 4: II. Andante11:48Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 4: III. Allegretto scherzando 5:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 4: IV. Finale: Maestoso - Allegro assai con fuoco 9:22Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 15: I. Allegro 9:47Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 15: II. Andante sostenuto 7:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 15: III. Intermezzo: Allegro giusto 5:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 15: IV. Finale: Andante - Allegro con fuoco11:00Album Only

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SONG OF NORWAY 16 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
Svendsen's first symphony impressed Grieg so much that he withdrew his own symphony. It's a fairly lightweight effort, but thoroughly professional in every way, and it shows a melodic gift that seems to me natural, genuine and spontaneous. I find nothing particularly Norwegian about it, which is not surprising as Svendsen had been trained in Leipzig. The second is much more attention-catching, with greater distinctiveness in both the themes and the scoring. This time there does seem to be a Norwegian flavour in the intermezzo, at least as I would understand 'Norwegian' from Grieg. The liner-note claims to detect some influence of Wagner in it, but frankly I doubt that. Like the earlier work, it is easy listening in a major key, cheerful and outgoing in expression for the most part but with a greater sense of depth in its first movement. Neither piece makes any great demands on the listener, and both make a thoroughly welcome change from the familiar repertory of late-romantic symphonies.
The performances strike me as admirable in every way, with accomplished orchestral playing and well-judged speeds throughout. The recording is faithful and clear. It would have benefited from being a little more 'forward', I felt, but there is no real problem with it. There is a helpful and informative liner-note with a useful potted biography of the composer and brief notes on both orchestra and conductor.
I take the opportunity, not for the first time, to thank Naxos for the enterprise they are showing in making such unfamiliar music available to us at such modest cost. I like to support projects like this and I hope they receive the backing they deserve from the musical public. This is music to be enjoyed, with no caveats or complications.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Norwegian Symphonies from Bournemouth 11 July 2010
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This Naxos CD was released back in 1998, and features recordings made in 1997 by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bjarte Engeset of Johan Svendsen's two symphonies; it is an altogether excellent disc.

Svendsen (1840-1911) was a contemporary and lifelong friend of perhaps the greatest Norwegian composer Edvard Greig. Greig is very much a minaturist, what with his songs and piano works, whereas Svendsen tended to write in larger forms, such as these two symphonies; he was also a noted conductor. These two works are very much in the Romantic mainstream; if you like Mendlessohn and Schumann, you are sure to enjoy Svendsen. One writer (I forget whom) put it like this: "Fusing the legacy of the Viennese classics with the Norwegian folk tradtion" - many thought Svendsens tunes were taken from Norwegian folk songs, but they were all original creations.

Svendsen's Symphony 1 Op.4 comes from 1867 and is a much stronger work than Greig's own modest symphony (that he supressed at the time), but seemingly fortells some of Greig's later larger works. Symphony 2 Op.15 comes from around 1874 and closes with quite a romp.

Although the sound on this Naxos CD is a little reverberant and it is best played at a reasonable level, the sonics are perfectly acceptable. An excellent introduction to this composer.

Svendesen did write other orchestral music and a good sample can be found on a Virgin Classics CD Svendsen - Orchestral Works, which is now hard and expensive to find. His symphonic poems are also available on a Simax CD Selmer; Svendsen - Symphonic Poems, which I have not heard, but has received good reviews.

Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Thoroughly enjoyable performances by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's players who seem to find this composer's music as attractive as may many listeners. A bonus of reasonably generous playing time of the CD - over 70 minutes - and typically good
quality in recording - this is another fine bargain from Naxos, as the previous reviewer rightly noted - in fact, reading his enthusiastic, detailed, positive review encouraged me to buy the CD (thank you Mr Bryson).

For those who might wish to hear more of Svendsen's music, several folk song arrangements by him appear on the Naxos CD entitled "Scandanavian String Music". That disk includes also some very pleasant works by other composers, notably the Serenade of Dag Wiren.
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