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LATE ROMANTICISM THROUGH NORWEGIAN EYES Eyvind Alnæs’s first symphony was premiered in 1900, and although it received good reviews there and then, it was hardly performed over the next one hundred years due to dwindling enthusiasm for his late Romantic style. Since receiving new attention in 2010, the work, with its early influence of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, now meets with enthusiastic approval. The piano concerto is known to be a challenge for pianists — did perhaps Alnæs the organist make extra demands on busy fingers by slipping in a pedal part? The last movement clearly sends a greeting to Grieg, who once gave Alnæs his highest recommendation. «Eyvind Alnæs’s Piano Concerto (1915) has charm aplenty. The Norwegian composer’s score is tuneful and opulently orchestrated, and the virtuoso piano-writing is often dazzling. [...] Håvard Gimse conveys a delightful sense of improvisatory freedom in some passages [...] Alnæs’s First Symphony (1897) [...] is less characterful but more cohesive than the concerto. The two inner movements are very fine, particularly the solemnly expressice Adagio with its aching harmonies and inventive orchestration[...] LAWO’s close-up recording adds to the musical impact.» Andrew Farach-Colton – Gramophone, mars 2017 review_LWC1112_Gramophone.pdf «It is a real grower; Alnæs's tunes are engaging and the orchestral writing accomplished. The sombre chorale which opens the Adagio is haunting, and there’s a hugely entertaining scherzo before a last movement wraps up proceedings in a mood of unbuttoned exuberance. I’d happily pay to hear this live [...] The coupling is Alnæs's Piano Concerto [...] Håvard Gimse gives a heroic account of the solo part, especially impressive in the goofy waltz finale. [...] Recommended.» Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com, 25.03.17 review_LWC1112_The_artsdesk.pdf «You’ll know right from the start of the Piano Concerto if this composer is going to appeal. [...] when the big tune started on the strings, Rachmaninov came to mind. [...] What is helpful is the close recording made by the LAWO engineers, which has the advantage of an easy and unaffected piano balance. [...] If I was searching for an Alnaes disc to add to my library I can see no reason why this disc could not make a natural starting point.» Gary Higginson – MusicWeb International, mai 2017 http://musicweb-international.com/classrev/2017/May/Alnaes_PC_LWC1112.htm
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1. Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 27: I. Allegro moderato 00:13:02 2.00 USD
Main artist Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Eyvind Alnæs
Performers Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester | Eivind Aadland | Håvard Gimse
Featuring artists Håvard Gimse | Eivind Aadland
Producers Sean Lewis
2. Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 27: II. Lento 00:08:35 1.80 USD
Main artist Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Eyvind Alnæs
Performers Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester | Eivind Aadland | Håvard Gimse
Featuring artists Håvard Gimse | Eivind Aadland
Producers Sean Lewis
3. Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 27: III. Allegro (Tempo di Valse) 00:09:49 1.80 USD
Main artist Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Eyvind Alnæs
Performers Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester | Eivind Aadland | Håvard Gimse
Featuring artists Håvard Gimse | Eivind Aadland
Producers Sean Lewis
4. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro pathetico 00:12:10 2.00 USD
Main artist Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Eyvind Alnæs
Performers Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester | Eivind Aadland
Featuring artists Håvard Gimse | Eivind Aadland
Producers Sean Lewis
5. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 7: II. Adagio 00:11:30 2.00 USD
Main artist Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Eyvind Alnæs
Performers Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester | Eivind Aadland
Featuring artists Håvard Gimse | Eivind Aadland
Producers Sean Lewis
6. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 7: III. Allegro 00:06:05 1.50 USD
Main artist Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Eyvind Alnæs
Performers Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester | Eivind Aadland
Featuring artists Håvard Gimse | Eivind Aadland
Producers Sean Lewis
7. Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 7: IV. Allegro non troppo 00:08:56 1.80 USD
Main artist Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer Eyvind Alnæs
Performers Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra | Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester | Eivind Aadland
Featuring artists Håvard Gimse | Eivind Aadland
Producers Sean Lewis