Walton - Sinding Viola Concertos (2017)

Sinding, Walton

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad

Arvid Engegard, Joshua Weilerstein

Predicting which musical currents would sweep the young William Walton along in in the mid 1920s must have been tricky. The composer had already given birth to the acerbic, neo-classical take on texts by Edith Sitwell that was Façade (1922). Two years later he spent a season knocking-out foxtrots for the Savoy Orpheus Band, and even started work on a concerto for two pianos, jazz band and orchestra. Four years after that, Walton hatched plans for his first orchestral concerto proper: a score that would take elements from both those pieces but would stand with at least one foot in the late Romantic tradition of Elgar, Bax and others. 

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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. 

 

 

Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad

Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad is the latest talent to emerge from a new, golden generation of Scandinavian musicians. Eivind (b. 1994) started to play the violin at the age 5, moving to the viola as his main instrument nine years later. He made his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic orchestra with conductor Eivind Aadland in 2013, and has since been travelling all around the world, performing in prestigious festivals and concert venues. A national favorite, he often performs with KORK, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, and Trondheim symphony orchestra, Stavanger symphony orchestra, Kristiansand symphony orchestra as well as the Norwegian chamber orchestra and Oslo Camerata. In 2016 he was chosen to join the world’s most prestigious training programme for experienced classical musicians: the BBC’s New Generation Artists Scheme. This has led to performances with BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC orchestra of Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, as well as performances with London Sinfonietta. Previously, Eivind has been selected for the BorlettiBuitoni fellowship award, and has also been part of the ‘Crescendo mentorship programme’. The programme is a collaboration between Bergen International Festival, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Barratt Due Institute. Eivind is a prolific chamber musician and is a regular fixture on Norway’s thriving chamber music scene. His passion for chamber music is high, and he performs regularly with great musicians all over the world. Performing highly virtuoso pieces on the instrument, as well as famous short pieces has led Eivind to make his own transcriptions. In this way, he can explore and demonstrate all the possibilities the viola has. “What I love about music is the emotions it awakens inside of me. Music gives my daily life more meaning. To share this is for me a real blessing.” He plays the G. Guadagnini ‘ex-Vieuxtemps’ viola dating from 1768, kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

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Walton - Sinding Viola Concertos (2017)

Sinding, Walton

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad

Mastering Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Producer: Vegard Landaas
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Recording location: Oslo Concert Hall

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Concerto for Viola and Orchestra: I. Andante comodo
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Concerto for Viola and Orchestra: II. Vivo, e molto preciso
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Concerto for Viola and Orchestra: III. Allegro moderato
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Suite im alten Stil, op. 10: I. Presto
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Suite im alten Stil, op. 10: II. Adagio
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Suite im alten Stil, op. 10: III. Tempo giusto
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