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Nordheim: Bjolle E Fjelle

Magazine article Gramophone

Nordheim: Bjolle E Fjelle

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Nordheim

Bjolle e Fjelle (a). Nordklang (b). OHM95. The Hunting of the Snark. The Return of the Snark Gaute Vikdal tbn/lur (b) Odd Borge Sagland perc (a) Laura Marie Rueslitten carillon (a) Peer Gynt Chamber Orchestra / Eldar Nilsen Euridice [F] EUCD83 (55' * DDD)

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If recording activity is anything to go by, the music of Arne Nordheim (1931-2010) is not suffering the neglect of most composers' outputs after their death. After recordings of his accordion pieces (A/ll, 9/13) and a new version of his cello concerto Tenebrae (12/12), this latest issue focuses on his works for trombone and lur, the ancient Norse brass instrument (on modern copies). A remarkable collection they form, too, so typical of the man, brimful of the inventiveness and humour of one of the late 20th century's mightiest musical intellects.

The best known of these is also the earliest, The Hunting of the Snark (1976), a compelling fantasy in which the soloist searches though a snarling, expectant, volatile and not unhumorous musical landscape. …

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