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Olav Kielland


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« on: August 17, 2019, 12:07:40 am »

A friend of mine alerted me of a composer who curiously was born a day like today: the Norwegian Olav Kielland. More accurately it was his Sinfonia I (or Sinfonia No. 1), Op. 3 the work that he recommended me. I'm so glad he did it so. It's in a Nielsen-Langgaard-Holmboe-sounding field (the latter two are more related to the idiom of the piece from my view, though). It has some elements of Langgaard's 4th and 6th Symphonies, though this work is less episodic than those symphonies, and has the rawness and organic growth of Holmboe's stamp but without the rhytmic vitality of his style. At first hearing it sounds sober, and I think it has to do with its instrumentation (think of a Sibelius symphony, for example). I like the ostinato-like passages, they give some sense of urgency I find exciting. Pastoral, gray and quiet moments also permeate it, suggesting some Norwegian folk influences. A few of tempestuous climaxes appear in places. It's the kind of works that goes from dark to light. All is concentrated in 27 minutes. A very succinct and attractive piece.

I consider it a find of a significant importance, and it can be the best Norwegian symphony I've heard thus far. Kielland composed other 3 symphonies, so I urge to record labels to bring them to life!

Is there any other recording available of his music? Have his other symphonies been recorded?
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2019, 01:46:59 am »

His symphony no 1 is here:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AXMH7J6/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=A2CI2489KRFAL9&psc=1


https://www.discogs.com/artist/3060507-Olav-Kielland
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2019, 08:08:42 pm »

Thanks for the info. There is another recording of the 1st Symphony on Philips (LP). Interesting. However, there doesn't seem to be recordings of the other symphonies.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2019, 10:16:31 am »

Totally agree with Cesar's enthusiasm for Symphony 1 ( I also enjoyed the piano composition on the CD) and thank him for introducing me to that fine work.
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2019, 09:20:14 pm »

It would be good to hear the other symphonies, don't think any have been recorded. Aside from Kielland's fine 1st symphony, the only other piece I've heard was the Concerto Grosso Norvegese, which didn't make much impression either way.
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2019, 06:48:48 pm »

Totally agree with Cesar's enthusiasm for Symphony 1 ( I also enjoyed the piano composition on the CD) and thank him for introducing me to that fine work.

My pleasure, Jeffrey! Villarkorn was pretty good indeed, many Norwegian folk airs and flavour there.
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