Grieg - Holberg Variations | Simax PSC1332

Grieg - Holberg Variations

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Label: Simax

Cat No: PSC1332

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th September 2014

Contents

Artists

Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)
Ensemble 1B1

Conductor

Jan Bjoranger

Works

Grieg, Edvard

Holberg Suite, op.40

Skomsvoll, Erlend

Skomsvoll's Holberg Variations: Recomprimprovariations

Artists

Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)
Ensemble 1B1

Conductor

Jan Bjoranger

About

The highly-regarded Ensemble 1B1 have teamed up with jazz musician and composer Erlend Skomsvoll and Norway's exciting young pianist Christian Ihle Hadland to pay tribute to Edvard Grieg. The disc features three different arrangements of the composer's much-loved Holberg Suite, the original version for solo piano, Grieg's own adaptation for strings, and a performance of an improvisatory work by Skomsvoll based around the piece.

Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite, subtitled 'Suite in olden style', consists of five movements based on eighteenth century dance forms. It was written in 1884 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Danish-Norwegian humanist playwright Ludvig Holberg. The suite was originally composed for the piano, but a year later arranged by the composer for string orchestra.

The disc opens with the well-known string version and continues with a performance of the original piano piece by Christian Ihle Hadland. Hadland's interpretation conjures up a multitude of rhythmic and timbral nuances, lifting the original Holberg Suite into the great European piano tradition.

The album concludes with jazz musician and composer Erlend Skomsvoll's Holberg Variations. Skomsoll takes the iconic themes and musical phrases of the suite and leads the string orchestra in an improvisational game, where the motifs get transformed into pulsating passages with lingering textures.

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