Études Poétiques (2020)

Lund

Rune Alver

POETRY AND DRAMA

On his new album, Études poétiques, pianist Rune Alver presents the listener with piano pieces of Signe Lund (1868 – 1950). Lund is one of the most distinguished female composers in Norwegian musical history, but the release is controversial nonetheless.

In the early 1930s, Lund began to take an interest in National Socialism, and in 1935 she became a member of the Norwegian National Socialist party, Nasjonal Samling. Convicted of treason after the Second World War, she remained sympathetic to the Nazi ideology until her death.

However, all the pieces on the album were composed between 1896 and 1928, when Signe Lund was a committed socialist and dedicated feminist. During this time she was involved in a number of causes, including an effort to strengthen the rights of Norwegian composers, and she was one of the initiators of the movement that led to the founding of the Norwegian Society of Composers in 1917.

This album features a selection of Lund’s most familiar pieces, among them, the languorous and melancholy “Legende”, and “Fredsklokker” (“Peace Chimes”), which she composed upon hearing that World War One had ended. Her distinct tonal language is characterized by a combination of clarity and melancholy darkness.

Despite the controversies, Alver’s album helps us gain important knowledge of the role of women in the history of Norwegian music. Études poétiques is the first of two releases of Signe Lund’s complete piano works on the LAWO Classics label.

Rune Alver (b. 1957) made his debut as pianist at the age of twenty. He was born in Bergen and educated at Bergen Music Conservatory and the Norwegian Academy of Music. Alver is active as soloist and chamber musician and maintains a rigorous concert schedule, with performances in Germany, France, Russia, China, South Africa and the USA. He has also participated in television and radio productions of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), as well as of the French radio station France Musique.

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Rune Alver

Rune Alver har lang fartstid som utøver av Griegs musikk på Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen. Han har omfattende konsertvirksomhet som solist og kammermusiker med konserter i mange europeiske land, Russland, Kina og SørAfrika. I 2013 debuterte han med solo-recital i Carnegie Hall, New York. Rune Alver samarbeider med fremtredende musikere, skuespillere og billedkunstnere i tradisjonelle og mer eksperimentelle former. Han har spilt inn en rekke kritikerroste CD-er, deriblant hele Johannes M. Rivertz’ og David Monrad Johansens klaverproduksjon. I 2019 ga han ut CD-en Et kjærlighetsdikt med musikk av Catharinus Elling. Rune Alver has many years of experience performing Grieg’s music at the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen. He maintains an extensive concert schedule as soloist and chamber musician with performances throughout Europe and in Russia, China and South Africa. In 2013 he performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Rune Alver collaborates with leading musicians, actors and visual artists in traditional and more experimental contexts. He has recorded a number of critically acclaimed albums, among them the complete piano works of Johannes M. Rivertz and David Monrad Johansen. The CD Et kjærlighetsdikt (A Love Poem) with music by Catharinus Elling was released in 2019.

photo: from booklet LWC1196 (LAWO Classics)

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Études Poétiques (2020)

Lund

Rune Alver

Producer: Vegard Landaas
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Recording location: Jar kirke, Bærum
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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1.
Peace Chimes Op. 52
Lund
00:03:52   N/A
2.
Festive Prelude Op. 21
Lund
00:03:48   N/A
3.
Piano Pieces Op. 16 - I. Legende
Lund
00:03:22   N/A
4.
Piano Pieces Op. 16 - II. Intermezzo
Lund
00:02:08   N/A
5.
Piano Pieces Op. 16 - III. Novellette
Lund
00:03:03   N/A
6.
Piano Pieces Op. 16 - IV. Scherzino
Lund
00:02:03   N/A
7.
Piano Pieces Op. 17 - I. Menuet 1
Lund
00:02:39   N/A
8.
Piano Pieces Op. 17 - II. Preludium
Lund
00:02:55   N/A
9.
Album Leaf Op. 19
Lund
00:02:57   N/A
10.
Piano Pieces Op. 24 - I. Idylle
Lund
00:02:58   N/A
11.
Piano Pieces Op. 24 - II. Elegie
Lund
00:02:44   N/A
12.
Piano Pieces Op. 24 - III. Menuet 2
Lund
00:03:22   N/A
13.
Trois Etudes poetiques Op. 32 - I
Lund
00:02:37   N/A
14.
Trois Etudes poetiques Op. 32 - II
Lund
00:05:21   N/A
15.
Trois Etudes poetiques Op. 32 - III
Lund
00:04:01   N/A
16.
Ballade in C Minor Op. 37
Lund
00:08:13   N/A
17.
Concert Etude Op. 38
Lund
00:04:40   N/A
18.
Impressions of Nature Op. 61 - I. In the Boat
Lund
00:04:18   N/A
19.
Impressions of Nature Op. 61 - II. Summer Night
Lund
00:02:54   N/A
20.
Impressions of Nature Op. 61 - III. By the Brook
Lund
00:02:57   N/A
21.
Impressions of Nature Op. 61 - IV. Lost in the Forest
Lund
00:03:18   N/A
22.
Impressions of Nature Op. 61 - V. In the Highlands
Lund
00:04:32   N/A

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