Customer Review

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SONG OF NORWAY, 16 April 2005
This review is from: Svendsen - Symphonies 1 & 2 (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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 5 Jun 2010 03:47:04 BDT
Rob Pollock says:
What a pleasure, to read such a detailed, positive and helpful review, encouraged by which I have ordered a copy of this CD.
Many thanks to the reviewer and to the budget label of Naxos.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2010 10:50:27 BDT
DAVID BRYSON says:
That's very kind of you indeed. I'm confident you won't regret your purchase.

Posted on 25 Jul 2010 19:47:34 BDT
JJA Kiefte says:
What a pity the two of you did not consider CPO's three-disc release of Svendsen's symphonic works which, also at budget price, would have given you considerable listenig pleasure.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2010 20:17:39 BDT
DAVID BRYSON says:
Oh I'm sure you're right, but speaking for myself it's simply that there are more things in the world to devote this short life to than Svendsen, much as I like the version that has come my way.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

4.5 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (4)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer

DAVID BRYSON
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   

Location: Glossop Derbyshire England

Top Reviewer Ranking: 261