Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar, Landkjenning - Ruud
Classical - Orchestral
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22
Landkjenning, Op. 31
Bergliot, Op. 42
Sorgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak, EG117
Den Bergtekne, Op. 32
Hakan Hagegard (baritone)
Gorild Mauseth (vocals)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Ole Kristian Ruud (conductor)
This the third disc in our series of Grieg’s orchestral music has as its theme works inspired by the composer’s countryman, the poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1910), himself greatly inspired by ancient Norwegian heroic poetry. Most well-known of the present works is probably Sigurd Jorsalfar, mainly because of the (purely instrumental) suite later arranged by Grieg.
The incidental music to Bjørnson’s play includes two movements with vocal solos, here interpreted by Håkan Hagegård – the Swedish baritone whose impressive international career started with the role of Papageno in Ingmar Bergman’s filmed version of The Magic Flute. Hagegård is soloist on two more works on the disc, of which Landkjenning (Land Sighting) also employs a Bjørnson text based on an incident in the life of Viking king Olav Trygvason, who on returning by ship from England in 995, decides to build the great cathedral of Nidaros (the present Trondheim).
The third Bjørnson-Grieg collaboration is Bergliot, a “melodrama for declamation and orchestra”. Again, the theme is historical with Bergliot (interpreted by leading Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth) leading a peasant uprising in order to revenge the slaying of her husband and son. Between musically independent climaxes the listener hears Bergliot’s various emotions, ranging from impassioned pride to profound despair and resignation. Den bergtekne (‘The Mountain Thrall’) for baritone and orchestra, is another highly emotionally charged work, based on an ancient folk ballad.
Recorded in February 2003 (Bergliot, Sørgemarsj) and in June 2003 (Sigurd Jorsalfar, Landkjenning, Den bergtekne) at the Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
Producer: Hans Kipfer (Bergliot, Sørgemarsj); Jens Braun (Sigurd Jorsalfar, Landkjenning, Den bergtekne)
Balance engineer/Tonmeister: Martin Nagorni (Bergliot, Sørgemarsj); Thore Brinkmann (Sigurd Jorsalfar, Landkjenning, Den bergtekne)
Equipment: Neumann microphones; microphone pre-amplifier by Didrik De Geer, Stockholm; 2 Studer 961 mixers; Meitner ADC 8 A/D converter; Sonoma DSD workstation; Stax headphones; B&W 802 Nautilus loudspeakers (Bergliot, Sørgemarsj). Neumann microphones; Stage Tec A/D converter; Yamaha O2R mixer; Tascam MX 2424 hard disc recorder; B&W 802 Nautilus loudspeakers (Sigurd Jorsalfar, Landkjenning, Den bergtekne)
Digital editing: Thore Brinkmann
DSD consultant: Bastiaan Kuijt