Edvard Grieg (1843–1907), Carl Nielsen (1865–1931) and Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) are generally recognized as the Nordic countries’ most important composers. Nielsen and Sibelius were both inspired and influenced in their early years by Grieg’s music. Their idiom was strongly Romantic, but they managed to create a distinct “Nordic Sound” in which national elements combined with the broader European tradition.
This album not only shows this, but also probes the way they were inspired by one another. Moreover, the works on this album are among our personal favourites, with a Northern Timbre we feel resonates, no matter where you are.
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Horus, Merging Technologies
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
|Original Recording Format
Morten Lindberg, Beatrice Johannessen
Sofienberg Church, Norway May 2016
|Recording Type & Bit Rate
|August 29, 2019
Some music just makes you want to stand and cheer as it concludes. Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3, op. 45, is one of those pieces, for me—most especially when it is so capably performed as it in this album…
At the time of this recording Hemsing and Espen had been performing as recital partners for half a dozen years, and that familiarity with one another shows in the empathetic manner in which they play. Both a technically excellent and together they bring a delightfully musical sensibility to these works. They are not playing by rote, they communicate a nice sense of the depth and meaning of the music they are playing together.
Altogether a delightful album, very well performed, filled with easily enjoyable and engaging music. Highly recommended.
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