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From a Travel Diary

G. Tveitt Audio CD
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listen  1. Frå ei reisedagbok / From a travel diary - quartet for strings, 8 movements in suite form, I Middelhavet / The Mediterranean (Andante) 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Frå ei reisedagbok / From a travel diary - quartet for strings, 8 movements in suite form, II Via Appia (Adagio) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Frå ei reisedagbok / From a travel diary - quartet for strings, 8 movements in suite form, III Sicilia (Allegretto deciso) 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Frå ei reisedagbok / From a travel diary - quartet for strings, 8 movements in suite form, IV Tripoli (Tranquillo e grazioso) 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Frå ei reisedagbok / From a travel diary - quartet for strings, 8 movements in suite form, V Sirocco 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Frå ei reisedagbok / From a travel diary - quartet for strings, 8 movements in suite form, VI El Escorial (Lento misterioso) 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Frå ei reisedagbok / From a travel diary - quartet for strings, 8 movements in suite form, VII Sevilla (Ritmico) 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Frå Ei Reisedagbok / From A Travel Diary - Quartet For Strings, 8 Movements In Suite Form, VIII Stjernehimmel Over Sahara / Starry Skies Over The Sahara (Lento) 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Husguden / The household god - ballet in 12 scenes for 2 violins, viola, cello, flute, oboe, cor anglais horn and harp, op.18416:35Album Only
listen10. Septet - for two violins, viola, cello, double bass, oboe and horn 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Jonsokkvelden / Midsummer's eve - septet for two violins, viola, cello, double bass, cor anglais and horn 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 30, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Simax Classics
  • ASIN: B0058OA9HM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating music April 24, 2012
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Though the majority of his music was lost in a fire in 1970, the resurgence of interest in the music of the Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt has at least led to many of the surviving works being recorded at last (as well as to many works once thought lost to resurface or be reconstructed). Thus far, BIS and Naxos have done a lot for his orchestral music, and I suppose anyone not yet familiar with the composer should start there (his Hundred Folk tunes from Hardanger, or perhaps Prillar). Chamber music constituted a less central part of his output, but at least Simax has gathered together some (most?) of the surviving works on this disc. The music is, as expected, splendid; deeply variegated, colorful, atmospheric, imaginative full of good thematic ideas.

Over half of the disc is taken up by his string quartet "From a Travel Diary", a suite in eight movements written, well, it is not entirely clear when it was written, and apparently parts of it had to be restored from an old recording since the score was no longer extant. The movement offers snapshots of various locations around the Mediterranian, apparently trying to capture the mood of the particular places (though it should be noted that Tveitt had probably not visited these places at the time of composition). That said, this is not merely a light collection of pictorialism, but quite original, colorful, inventive and rhythmically vigorous, often somewhat enigmatic pieces - although the music is for once not imbued with the character and rhythms of Norwegian folk music (and the style is arguably relatively conservative) the composer's personal voice is surprisingly easily recognizable, and although the result cannot be counted as among Tveitt's most important works it is nevertheless very compelling.
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