Magazine article Gramophone

'La Flute Norvegienne'

Magazine article Gramophone

'La Flute Norvegienne'

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'La flute norvegienne'

Braein Concertino, Op 10 (a) Hovland Suite, Op 31 (a)

Kvandal Flute Concerto, Op 22 (a)

Mortensen Solo Flute Sonata, Op 6

Tom Ottar Andreassen fl

(a) Norwegian Radio Orchestra / Ingar Bergby

LAWO Classics (F) LWC1127 (71' * DDD)

This is as much a celebration of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra's principal flute chair as it is a snapshot of the divergent influences that were shaping Norwegian music in the decade 1953-63. Tom Ottar Andreassen formerly occupied that chair (he now plays in the Oslo Philharmonic and Norwegian Chamber orchestras) where his predecessors Alf Andersen and Per Oien were responsible for introducing these works and, often, prompting their creation in the first place.

The year 1953 saw the first international festival of new music in Oslo under the guidance of Ny Mysikk's Pauline Hall, and international currents were very much felt in the 10 years following. Edvard Fliflet Braein went to study in Paris and neoclassicism shapes his Concertino for flute and orchestra (1958), a direct and spiky piece that springs thematically from small cells (it's notable that the faun-like language associated with the flute from previous compositional schools born in France prevails in the soloist's part). Johan Kvandal's Concerto for flute and strings (1963) is more individual, combining wistfulness with barbed elegance and including a tone row in its slow movement. …

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