Mozart, Hvoslef, Sæverud (2014)

Mozart, Hvoslef, Saeverud

David Friedmann Strunk

Arvid Engegard

The oboe is the quintessential pastoral instrument. Capable of both incisive bite and mellifluous sweetness, it has inspired many composers to write some of their most memorable melodies. 
The present recording sets Mozart’s perennial Oboe Quartet alongside two important concertos written in Norway 74 four years apart: the unjustly neglected concerto Op. 12 by Harald Sæverud (1938) and Oboe Concerto of 2012 by Ketil Hvoslef, a very recent and important addition to the repertoire. Sæverud’s evergreen Rondo amoroso, Op. 14, No. 7 (in the composer’s own arrangement for chamber orchestra, with the oboe as main instrument) completes the programme. 
Hvoslef’s Oboe Concerto happens to be the very reason why this CD came to be made. The soloist, David Strunck, was involved in a performance of Hvoslef’s stunning orchestra piece Ein Traumspiel. He was so entranced by the work that he asked Hvoslef there and then whether he would write an oboe concerto for him. David Strunck writes: I am very happy that this recording now documents the result of my first meeting with Hvoslef
There are further connections between the Hvoslef’s concerto and the other works on this CD: Mozart’s Oboe Quartet provided a strong source of inspiration for Hvoslef’s writing for the oboe, and Sæverud was Hvoslef’s father 

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Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

On 27 September 1919, a new orchestra took to the stage of the old Logan Hall in Oslo to give its first public concert. Conductor Georg Schnéevoigt presided over thrilling performances of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Christian Sinding’s First Symphony. After forty years of making-do, the Norwegian capital had at last got the orchestra it deserved. The Oslo Philharmonic was born. 

In the eight months that followed, the Oslo Philharmonic gave 135 concerts, most of which sold out. It tackled passionate Mahler, glistening Debussy and thrusting Nielsen. Soon, world famous musicians were coming to conduct it, relishing its youth and enthusiasm. Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel visited Oslo to coach the musicians through brand new music. National broadcaster NRK began to hang microphones at the orchestra’s concerts, transmitting them to the whole of Norway. 

 

Over the next half-century, the Oslo Philharmonic’s reputation grew steadily. Then, in 1979, it changed forever. A young Latvian arrived in Norway, taking the orchestra apart section-by-section, putting it back together a finely tuned machine with a whole new attitude. Under Mariss Jansons, the orchestra became a rival to the great Philharmonics of Vienna, Berlin and New York. It was soon playing everywhere, from Seattle to Salzburg, Lisbon to London. Back home in Oslo, it got a modern, permanent concert hall of its own. In 1986, EMI drew up the largest orchestral contract in its history, ensuring the world would hear the rich, visceral sound of the Oslo Philharmonic. 

 

 

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Mozart, Hvoslef, Sæverud (2014)

Mozart, Hvoslef, Saeverud

David Friedmann Strunk

Producer: Vegard Landaas
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Recording location: Grefsen Church, Oslo, Oslo Concert Hall, Norway
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Mozart- Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370/368b- I. Allegro
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Hvoslef- Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra (2012)
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Sæverud- Oboe Concerto, Op. 12- I. Allegro moderato
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Sæverud- Rondo amoroso, Op. 14, No. 7
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