JOHAN HALVORSEN (1864-1935): Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Norwegian Rhapsodies Nos. 1 & 2, Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures, Op. 37, Norwegian Festival Overture, Op. 16, Symphonic Intermezzo from The King, Dance Scene from Queen Tamara, Norwegian Bridal Procession, Passacaglia for Violin and Viola, Op. 20/2.
Catalogue Number: 05N005
Reference: CHAN 10710
Description: This series continues with pieces inspired by or taken from Norwegian folk music with the Dance Scene an example of Halvorsen's interest in the "Oriental" exotica so popular at the time. The eight-minute Intermezzo from music for a stage play by Bjørnstjerne Bjønson is actually a miniature tone-poem since it had to replace with musical narrative a scene cut from the play. Nothing here is claimed as a first recording but at least half the items here are not otherwise available on disc. Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Neeme Järvi.