Magazine article Gramophone

Solberg> 'Orchestral, Choral and Organ Music'

Magazine article Gramophone

Solberg> 'Orchestral, Choral and Organ Music'

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Solberg

'Orchestral, Choral and Organ Music' Fantasy and Fugue on the Folk Tune 'Se solens skjonne lys og prakt' (a). Good Friday Meditation (b). Norse March (c). Pastorale (c). Ver Sacrum (c). Symphony (c)

(b) Anna Su ndstrom Otervik rnez (b) Magnus Ingemund Kjelstad bar (a) Tim Collins org (b) Solberg Centenary Singers / Marit Tondel Bodsberg; (c) Liepaja Symphony Orchestra / Paul Mann Toccata Classics (F) T0CC0260 (82' * DDD * T/t)

Norwegian composer, conductor and organist Leif Solberg celebrated his 100th birthday on November 18 last year and this CD, recorded in May and August 2014, was launched in Lillehammer to mark the event. A smattering of Solberg's works have appeared on disc over the past 20 years (Hemera, 2L, Simax) but even in his own country he remains an overlooked figure.

His modest output (32 works are listed on the website of the Norwegian National Library, www.nb.no, though Grove lists twice as many) is evenly split between his own instrument--the organ--and chorus, much of it written for the Lillehammer choir he directed for over 40 years. Of the handful of other works, four are orchestral and are collected here in conductor Paul Mann's performing editions. …

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