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"If Valen (1887-1952) had not been such a shy, self-effacing person, he would have won fame throughout Europe." So said Issay Dobrowen, a prominent conductor in the inter-war period, and chief conductor from 1927 to 1931 of Oslo's Filharmonisk Selskaps Orkester (predecessor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra). The path to fame was indeed uphill for Norway's leading modernist. However, Valen's diffidence was not the only reason for this - another was his chosen musical language, which grew out of the twelve-tone method of composition associated with Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern. By writing this sort of music, albeit with his own highly personal stamp, he was asking for trouble in the conservative world of Norwegian music. The beauty and profundity of Valen's subdued but expressive music is being discovered by more and more listeners. Valen's reputation as one of Norway's foremost composers and as a pioneer of new music in the 20th century is now secure. The legendary pianist Glenn Gould recognized the importance of Valen's music, saying "For the first time in many years I have found a looming personality in the 20th century's music". 5.1 SURROUND + STEREO Produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352.8kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway
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1. Fartein Valen: String Quartet no. 1, op. 10 I. Moderato 00:08:43 2.80 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
2. Fartein Valen: String Quartet no. 1, op. 10 II. Adagio 00:04:36 2.30 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
3. Fartein Valen: String Quartet no. 1, op. 10 III. Scherzo 00:03:12 2.30 USD
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Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
4. Fartein Valen: String Quartet no. 1, op. 10 IV. Rondo 00:05:09 2.30 USD
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Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
5. Fartein Valen: String Quartet no. 2, op. 13 I. Fuga (Andante con moto) 00:05:12 2.30 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
6. Fartein Valen: String Quartet no. 2, op. 13 II. Tempo di Menuetto, grazioso 00:04:13 2.30 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
7. Fartein Valen: String Quartet no. 2, op. 13 III. Finale (Allegro assai) 00:06:42 2.30 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
8. Fartein Valen: String Quartet, op. 0 I. Andante più tosto allegretto 00:06:05 2.30 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
9. Fartein Valen: String Quartet, op. 0 II. Scherzo (Allegro molto vivace) 00:06:38 2.30 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
10. Fartein Valen: Three poems by Goethe, op. 6 I. Sakontola 00:01:32 2.30 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten & Hilde Haraldsen Sveen
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilde Haraldsen Sveen | Hilary Foster | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
11. Fartein Valen: Three poems by Goethe, op. 6 II. Weiss wie Lilien 00:01:41 2.30 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten & Hilde Haraldsen Sveen
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilde Haraldsen Sveen | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad
12. Fartein Valen: Three poems by Goethe, op. 6 III. Suleika 00:01:48 2.30 USD
Main artist Hansakvartetten & Hilde Haraldsen Sveen
Composer Fartein Valen
Performers Åsta Jørgensen | Walter Heim | Hilde Haraldsen Sveen | Helga Steen | Hansakvartetten
Producers Lindberg Lyd AS | Jørn Simenstad