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Halvorsen: Vol.1 (Entry March Of The Boyars/ Andante Religioso/ Mascarade)

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Disc: 1

  1. Entry March of the Boyars
  2. *Andante Religioso - Marianne Thorsen/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Mascarade Suite
  4. La Mélancolie (arr. Halvorsen)
  5. Symphony No 1

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Entry March of the Boyars - Andante Religioso - Mascarade Suite - La Mélancolie (arr. Halvorsen) - Symphonie n°1 / Marianne Thorsen, violon - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Neeme Järvi, direction


The performances throughout are top-notch and Chandos's sound is of demonstration quality --Gramophone,Aug 2010

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3.0 out of 5 stars Boring 5 Dec. 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first of four discs from Neeme Jarvi and the Bergen Philharmonic devoted to the orchestral music of Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. Halvorsen, an almost exact contemporary of Danish composer Carl Nielsen, was more than slightly acquainted with fellow Norwegian Edvard Grieg -- indeed, he married Greig's niece. In general, I very much enjoy mining two veins of late Romantic to early Modern music: That written by Nordic and British composers, and so I approached this disc with some anticipation. Was I disappointed. The album begins with what is perhaps Halvorsen's most frequently heard piece, Entry March of the Boyars, a bombastic bit of fun, but after that followed an hour of uneven boredom. The almost half-hour suite of music from Mascarade has some interesting moments, but I found Andante religioso and La Melancolie quite forgettable, and Halvorsen's First Symphony seemed all dressed up to go nowhere. For a first disc in a series, these may have not been the best selections. I have since listened to Volume Two and can report that it's a bit more interesting; still, at this point, I don't feel that much desire to go to Three and Four. With more choices available, I'd give this release 2.5 stars, but I'm going to err on the generous side.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best work by Halvorsen 28 Jun. 2012
By Newton Ooi - Published on Amazon.com
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Johan Halvorsen is one of the great names in the history of Scandinavian romance music. Following in the footsteps of Edvard Grieg, he was an accomplished composer and performer in various forms of music. Composing for operas, ballets, incidental music and symphonies, his music is grander and more expansive than his uncle Grieg, yet more melodic than his contemporaries Carl Nielsen and Niels Gade. This album contains a sampling of his accomplishments, with the first work "Entry March of the Boyars" being the most famous. I personally prefer the Symphony No 1 and the Suite from Mascarade. Overall, the sound quality is rich and flawless, and the performances are good. You will enjoy it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances of overall interesting and entertaining music 24 Jun. 2015
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Neeme Järvi is at it again, turning in a series of disks of superb performances of less-known but very worthwhile music. The symphonies of Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935) have been available before in more “local” performances, but even though I haven’t heard those I can’t imagine that they’d provide any sort of competition for this release. Halvorsen himself spent much of his life writing music for the theatre (and I should, by the way, draw the attention of fans of this series to the three discs of theater music recorded by Aurora in the early 2000s – the first two of those contain mostly music not available in this Chandos series) but is still remember by Norwegians for his Entry Mach of the Boyars, the immortal little classic that opens the program here in a performance that arguably lacks just a little mystery – which is not missing in the following pretty trifle, the Andante religioso for violin and orchestra.

The music for Mascarade, a play by Ludwig Holberg, was written for a small orchestra of 15 players. As for style, Halvorsen opted to draw on forms and gestures of the period when the play was written (1724), and the result is a series of numbers and dances in a style a bit reminiscent of Grieg’s Holberg suite – it is full of invention, ingenuity, fun and good melodies (though some of the pastiche numbers aren’t exactly great music), played with zest and flair by the Bergen Philharmonic; well worth hearing. La Mélancolie is an arrangement of a piece by Ole Bull for string orchestra; nice and sentimental but forgettable.

The first symphony is in fact a late work, completed in 1923 when the composer was 60. It is rather obviously the work of a composer who refined his style in the late 19th century and then adamantly refused to compromise – the style is conservative and almost defiantly so; reminiscent of Tchaikovsky, Svendsen and perhaps the Russian silver age composer – there is a bit of Norwegian color but the style is overall relatively international. Though it is conservative, Halvorsen knew what he was doing, and the work as a whole is well constructed and contains plenty of excellent music.

I don’t think I would label any of the music here a “masterpiece” – the march comes closest, but that’s also the one work where I’m not entirely bought on the present performance. Otherwise, the Bergen players do a superb job, and one has to, once again, marvel at the versatility of Neeme Järvi. The sound is superb, and overall this is a very recommendable release.
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice pieces well played 25 April 2015
By Eddie Little - Published on Amazon.com
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very nice pieces well played. I'd been wanting to add most of these to my library for some time. The symphony was new to me- also great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, let me see.................... 24 Oct. 2010
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this disc for its variety of Halvorsen's work which I found charming. The Symphony especially the Andante 2nd movement was especially well done. Engineers, orchestra and conductor did a terrific job.
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