Nordic Light: Norwegian Piano Music from the 19th and 20th Centuries | CD Accord ACD267

Nordic Light: Norwegian Piano Music from the 19th and 20th Centuries

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Label: CD Accord

Cat No: ACD267

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st May 2020

Contents

Works

Backer-Grondahl, Agathe

Fantasy Pieces, op.39
» no.9 Withered

Grieg, Edvard

Holberg Suite, op.40
Lyric Pieces: Book 5 (6), op.54
» no.4 Nocturne
Lyric Pieces: Book 6 (6), op.57
» no.6 Homesickness
Norwegian Dances (Slatter) (17), op.72
» no.8 Bruremarsj etter Myllarguten (Bridal March after Myllarguten)
» no.15 The Skuldal Bride

Johansen, David Monrad

Nordlandsbilleder: Suite for piano, op.5

Kjerulf, Halfdan

Pieces (3), op.4
» no.2 Idylle
Selected Norwegian Folk Dances (25)
» no.2 Jolstring
» no.4 Hildalshalling
» no.6 Springdans
» no.7 Springdans

Saeverud, Harald

Peer Gynt: Incidental music
» The Devil's Five-Hop (version for piano)

Tveitt, Geirr

Folk Tunes from Hardanger (50)
» no.1 Welcome with Honour

Artists

Aleksandra Sobon-Wakarecy (piano)

Works

Backer-Grondahl, Agathe

Fantasy Pieces, op.39
» no.9 Withered

Grieg, Edvard

Holberg Suite, op.40
Lyric Pieces: Book 5 (6), op.54
» no.4 Nocturne
Lyric Pieces: Book 6 (6), op.57
» no.6 Homesickness
Norwegian Dances (Slatter) (17), op.72
» no.8 Bruremarsj etter Myllarguten (Bridal March after Myllarguten)
» no.15 The Skuldal Bride

Johansen, David Monrad

Nordlandsbilleder: Suite for piano, op.5

Kjerulf, Halfdan

Pieces (3), op.4
» no.2 Idylle
Selected Norwegian Folk Dances (25)
» no.2 Jolstring
» no.4 Hildalshalling
» no.6 Springdans
» no.7 Springdans

Saeverud, Harald

Peer Gynt: Incidental music
» The Devil's Five-Hop (version for piano)

Tveitt, Geirr

Folk Tunes from Hardanger (50)
» no.1 Welcome with Honour

Artists

Aleksandra Sobon-Wakarecy (piano)

About

“I remember when I arrived in Norway for the first time what draw my attention the most was not the exquisite architecture, the minimalistic design or the scent of raw wood. It was the light. Northern light made the world look more clear and the colours became more intense. During the long and dark winter evenings I admired the way the people in Scandinavia had mastered the art of lighting their homes. Ever- present candles giving warm, natural light stood not only on windowsills, but also on pavements and streets, creating a mysterious, but also cosy atmosphere. Thanks to absence of curtains on most windows, the anonymous passenger of tram numer 12 – running across the Majorstua district, could easily admire the stunning interiors of Scandinavian townhouses.

“I admit that before going to Oslo the names of composers whose pieces were selected for this album were unknown to me (apart from Grieg, of course). Getting to know the work of Kjerulf, Johansen, Sæverud and Backer-Grøndahl closer, inspired me to create a short musical story, in which the priority in the subjective choice of pieces was their sound.

“I hope that you will also discover the light hidden among the sounds from the northern land.”
– Aleksandra Soboń-Wakarecy

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