DAVID MONRAD JOHANSEN (1888-1974): Piano Concerto in E Flat, Op. 29, Pan, Op. 22, Epigrams on Norwegian Motifs, Op. 31, Symphonic Variations and Fugue, Op. 23.
Catalogue Number: 07W002
Reference: 555 246-2
Description: The 1955 concerto, a true link in the tradition of Grieg with its beautiful, folk-like melodies and the Impressionistic Pan of 1938 were on a Simax CD 12 years ago but the other two works are otherwise unavailable. The Symphonic Variations and Fugue (1944-46; rev. 1959 and 1964), more than Pan and its equal portions of German and French influence, are related to Monrad Johansen’s German education and exhibit many neoclassical elements, so that here Reger and Franz Schmidt come to mind while the Epigrams, a 1963 Norwegian Radio commission, is more clearly related to Norwegian folk music than the other works recorded here. Monrad Johansen harmonized the given melodies in his characteristic manner while above all ennobling them with the tender colors and sumptuous fireworks of his detailed orchestration. Oliver Triendl (piano). Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra; Eivind Aadland.