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LOVE, JEALOUSY, AND STRING PLAYERS The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra presents Leoš Janáček’s (1854–1928) expressive string quartets in Terje Tønnesen’s arrangements for string orchestra. Both quartets take their inspiration from non-musical sources: the dramatic Kreutzer Sonata (1923) is based on Leo Tolstoy’s novella of the same name and becomes a musical monodrama in the fusion of Janáček’s music and Tolstoy’s little psychological thriller. A man is convinced that his wife’s performance of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata reveals an intimate relationship with the violinist she accompanies, and the drama of jealousy that unfolds is unfortunately as relevant today as in Tolstoy’s own time. Here the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has combined the three works in a production in which the music dramatizes the text and the text reinforces the music, not least with Teodor Janson as narrator. In a correspondence consisting of more than 600 letters, Janáček spun a web of fantasies of a life with his muse, Kamila Stösslová, thirty-eight years younger — visions which, according to the composer himself, are depicted in the music of the second quartet, Intimate Letters (1928). The emotionally charged work is as captivatingly eccentric as the Kreutzer Sonata and is clearly music about big things. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra is a project orchestra comprised of Norway’s finest instrumentalists. Since its formation in 1977, the orchestra has been renowned for its creativity and innovative programming. Terje Tønnesen is one of Norway’s leading violinists and a key figure in Norwegian musical life in his capacity as First Concertmaster of Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. REVIEWS BBC Orchestral Choice of the Month A devastating kombination «Nervous systems go haywire then confronted with committed performances of Janáček’s two quartets. Imagine the impact, then, when both are carefully and selectively arranged for string orchestra [...] The shared vision of these remarkable players scours the soul. [...] add this beautifully presented release to your collection.» David Nice – BBC Music Magazine, juni 2017 review_LWC1124_bbcmusic_orchestral_choice.pdf
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Disc 1

1. String Quartet No. 1, The Kreutzer Sonata: . I. Adagio – Con moto 00:04:33 1.00 USD
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider
2. String Quartet No. 1, The Kreutzer Sonata: II. Con moto 00:04:28 1.00 USD
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider
3. String Quartet No. 1, The Kreutzer Sonata: III. Con moto – Vivace – Andante – Tempo I 00:04:10 1.00 USD
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider
4. String Quartet No. 1, The Kreutzer Sonata: IV. Con moto – Adagio – Più mosso 00:05:40 1.00 USD
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider
5. String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters: I. Andante – Con Moto – Allegro 00:05:51 1.00 USD
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider
6. String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters: II. Adagio – Vivace – Andante – Presto – Allegro – Vivo – Adagio 00:05:11 1.00 USD
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider
7. String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters: III. Moderato – Adagio – Allegro 00:05:07 1.00 USD
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider
8. String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters: IV. Allegro – Andante – Con Moto – Adagio – Tempo I 00:07:55 1.20 USD
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider

Disc 2

1. Leo Tolstoy: The Kreutzer Sonata - Dramatisation in English 00:54:12
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček | Ludwig van Beethoven
Author Leo Tolstoy
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen | Teodor Janson
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen | Teodor Janson
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider

Disc 3

1. Leo Tolstoy: The Kreutzer Sonata - Dramatisation in Norwegian 00:55:18
Main artist Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leoš Janáček | Ludwig van Beethoven
Author Leo Tolstoy
Performers Norwegian Chamber Orchestra | Det Norske Kammerorkester | Terje Tønnesen | Teodor Janson
Featuring artists Terje Tønnesen | Teodor Janson
Arrangers Terje Tønnesen
Producers Ulrich Schneider