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FROM THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE TO VICTORY IN STALINGRAD - A VIRTUOSO JOURNEY With the release of the Royal Norwegian Air Force Band’s new album featuring Russian music for wind instruments, the scene is set for a compelling musical experience. Bearing the title “The Battle of Stalingrad”, the recording offers the listener works of some of the most prominent early Soviet composers from a time when Europe was divided by the Iron Curtain. Even today we can take pleasure in the virtuosity and power of these compositions — classic, immortal works that stir our feelings. The idea for the recording stems from the band’s hugely popular concert production in Trondheim in the autumn of 2011, and at the Nordland Music Festival 2012, with the Battle of Stalingrad as its theme. Besides lavish works of Glière and Khatchaturian, who seldom have been recorded, the album includes virtuoso pieces of Kabalevsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band, one of five professional bands of the Norwegian Armed Forces, has roots dating back to 1818. While the band’s main venue is “Byscenen” in Trondheim’s city centre, it has distinguished itself nationally with its concerts and special events, and it has received a “Spellemannspris” nomination (Norwegian Grammy). Leif Arne Pedersen took over as principal conductor in 2011. He is principal clarinet of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and he can be heard on a LAWO Classics release of Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets. REVIEWS Norway's Lawo Classics label presents us here with an intriguingly unusual compilation of wind band music. The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band was established in 2006, but it has existed for almost 200 years as a band of the Norwegian Armed Forces. Formed in Trondheim on Norway's west coast in 1818, and undergoing several name changes since, it was, for over one hundred years, Trondheim’s only professional ensemble. Since the band was transferred to the Norwegian Air Force, its activities around Central Norway have expanded to be country-wide. It is now involved in many innovative concerts and festivals, particularly concentrating on young people's attitude to music. Its motto is “No genre is unknown to us”, and this disc certainly illustrates that. John Miller - SACDnet I can recommend this disc to those who enjoy band music and those wishing to explore the byways of Soviet music. There is music of interest here, and it is presented in excellent performances and sound. Daniel Morrison - Fanfare
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1. Solemn Overture, Op. 72 00:07:28 1.80 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Reinhold Gliere
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Robert Grechesky
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. The Flight of the Bumblebee 00:01:26 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Gerardo Lasilli
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers carl fischer
3. Armenian Folk Song and Dance, I. Dancing Song 00:02:47 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Clark Mcalister
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
4. Armenian Folk Song and Dance, II. Dance 00:02:10 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Clark Mcalister
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
5. Lezginka from Gayane Ballet 00:02:25 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers George Pollen
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
6. Soviet Police March 00:04:01 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Birger jarl
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
7. Uzbek March and Dancing Song, I. Uzbek March 00:01:32 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Clark Mcalister
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
8. Uzbek March and Dancing Song, II. Dancing Song 00:02:55 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Clark Mcalister
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
9. Comedians' Galop from the Comedians Suite, Op. 26 00:01:37 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Dmitry Kabalevsky
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Norman Richardson
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Boosey & Hawkes
10. Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, I. The City on the Volga 00:02:04 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Grigori Markovich Kalinkovich
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
11. Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, II. Invasion 00:02:45 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Grigori Markovich Kalinkovich
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
12. Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, III. Stalingrad in Flames 00:04:12 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Grigori Markovich Kalinkovich
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
13. Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, IV. The Enemy Is Doomed 00:07:42 1.80 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Grigori Markovich Kalinkovich
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
14. Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, V. Into Battle for the Motherland 00:02:45 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Grigori Markovich Kalinkovich
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
15. Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, VI. Eternal Fame to the Heroes 00:03:04 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Grigori Markovich Kalinkovich
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
16. Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, VII. Forward to Victory 00:04:09 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Grigori Markovich Kalinkovich
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC
17. Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, VIII. There Is a Cliff on the Volga 00:01:42 1.50 USD
Main artist Leif Arne Pedersen, Luftforsvarets musikkorps & The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band
Composer Aram Khachaturian
Performers Luftforsvarets musikkorps
Arrangers Grigori Markovich Kalinkovich
Conductors Leif Arne Pedersen
Producers Vegard Landaas
Publishers Masters Music Publications INC