Norwegian folksong and dance constitute the very DNA of the music of Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen (1903–84), on both a large and a small scale – from Draumkvedet, the 1936 oratorio that was his first major success, to the tiny miniatures that form most of his piano music, recorded here in its entirety for the first time. The apparent simplicity of much of this material belies the unassuming sophistication of its construction: many of these pieces, some barely a minute long, seem – to adapt William Blake – to contain the world in a grain of sand.
Øyvind Aase, piano
Three Small Piano Pieces (1936)
Leitom Suite, Op. 33 (1950–51)*
Six Old Village Songs from Lom, Op. 2 (1927–28)
Andante funebre (1937, arr. 1949)
Norwegian Folksongs from Gudbrandsdal (1938)
Variations on a Norwegian Folktune (1930–31)
Hymn: Honour Eternal Spring (c. 1916)
ALL EXCEPT * FIRST RECORDINGS
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Catalogue No: TOCC0584EAN/UPC: 5060113445841Release Date: 04.06.2021Composer: Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen Artists: Øyvind Aase
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