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Audio CD, February 22, 2000
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listen  1. Saeterjentens Sondag, "The Herd-girls' Sunday": The Herd-Girl's SundayHenning Kraggerud 2:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Suite im alten Stil (Suite in the Old Style, for Violin and Orchestra), Op. 10: PrestoBjarte Engeset 1:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Suite im alten Stil (Suite in the Old Style, for Violin and Orchestra), Op. 10: AdagioBjarte Engeset 5:57$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Suite im alten Stil (Suite in the Old Style, for Violin and Orchestra), Op. 10: Tempo giustoBjarte Engeset 5:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. La melancolie (arr. H. Kraggerud): La Melancolie (arr. H. Kraggerud)Henning Kraggerud 2:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Romance, Op. 26: Romance in G major, Op. 26Bjarte Engeset 7:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Norwegian Dance No. 1: Norwegian Dance No. 1: Allegro con brioBjarte Engeset 2:51$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Norwegian Dance No. 1: Norwegian Dance No. 2: AllegrettoBjarte Engeset 2:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Veslemoy's Song (Maiden's Song): Maiden's SongHenning Kraggerud 2:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Old Fisherman's SongBjarte Engeset 2:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Violin Concerto in E minor: Violin Concerto in E minor: AdagioHenning Kraggerud 4:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Norwegian Wedding March: Wedding March, Op. 32, No. 1Bjarte Engeset 4:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Melodies of the Heart, Op. 5: No. 3. Jeg elsker dig (I Love but Thee) (arr. for violin and orchestra): I Love Only You, Op. 5, No. 3Bjarte Engeset 1:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Andante religiosoBjarte Engeset 6:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. 12 melodies, Op. 33 (arr. for violin and orchestra): Last Spring, Op. 33, No. 2Bjarte Engeset 5:15$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000038I7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine disc of lighter music. Some of it, such as Svendsen's Romanse is presumably fairly well known even internationally, but the disc also contains several engaging rarities, and everything here is well worth a listen. The virtuoso violinist and adventurer Ole Bull (1810-1880) was in many ways responsible for the direction of Norwegian music in the 19th century. Internationally renowned as a performer, he was strongly influenced by Norwegian folk music in his compositions (often based on real folk melodies). The lovely `Sæterjentenes søndag' is perhaps his most famous single piece, and, while of little profundity, it is a piece which it is easy to come to like. `La Melancolie' is a song transcription (arranged for string orchestra by Halvorsen and for violin and orchestra by the soloist here, Kraggerud, himself). It is a fine piece as well, though less memorable than `Sæterjentenes søndag'. His violin concerto in e minor dates from 1841 and the slow movement given here, while pretty enough, doesn't really raise interest in the work as a whole.

Christian Sinding is probably more well-known internationally than Bull, but his Suite im alten Stil - more high-romantic than olden style - is rather slight, if containing some fine tunes and some solid craftsmanship. Johan Svendsen needs little introduction and the Romance is a real gem, beautifully shaped, memorable and not without depth. Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935) is famous in Norway, in particular for his Entry March of the Boyars. But he was a real composer of some stature, and I strongly recommend listening to some of his orchestral music (the series of theatre music from Simax contains a lot of surprisingly engaging music).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Schechter VINE VOICE on October 10, 2012
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First, let me say that I'm not crazy about writing music reviews, because so many of them are tiresome and pedantic enough that I don't read many of them either; they are from knowledgeable people speaking to (or trying to intimidate) others of the same ilk. I am neither a musician nor a music reviewer; I merely know what I enjoy. I found Norwegian Violin Favorites pleasant to listen to, a mix of familiar, unfamiliar, and "I know I've heard that before but damned if I know where" selections. The music is mostly melodic, sometimes a bit sentimental, sometimes emotional, occasionally Scandinavian-serious, but generally not extremely anything. As far as I know, it is competently executed, but I'm no expert.

I enjoyed it, it was pleasant, I will listen to it from time to time; it's not a 'wow' acquisition, but it is quite agreeable.
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