Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen: Complete Piano Music

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

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Little Butterfly (1953)
  2. From Telemark. Suite on Norwegian Folk Songs, No. 1, Op. 31, No. 1 (1940–41)
  3. Air (1981)
  4. From Telemark. Suite on Norwegian Folk Songs, No. 2, Op. 31, No. 2 (1940–41)
  5. Three Small Piano Pieces (1936)

  6. No. 1 Menuett
  7. No. 2 Evening Song
  8. No. 3 Gavotte
  9. Leitom Suite, Op. 33 (1950–51)*

  10. I By the Old Church
  11. II When Christmas comes
  12. III Glacier Crowfoot
  13. IV The Sorpero Dance
  14. V Snow-clad Forest
  15. VI The Leitom
  16. Six Old Village Songs from Lom, Op. 2 (1927–28)

  17. Six Old Village Songs from Lom, Op. 2
  18. Andante funebre (1937, arr. 1949)

  19. Andante funebre
  20. Norwegian Folksongs from Gudbrandsdal (1938)

  21. No. 1 Big Baby Larry
  22. No. 2 The Prize Pig
  23. No. 3 Kari’s Ugly cap
  24. No. 4 Pussy and the Tom-tit
  25. No. 5 The Two Sisters
  26. No. 6 The Fairy and the Mother
  27. No. 7 My Sweetheart was that kind
  28. No. 8 Pussy and I
  29. No. 9 O, it’s alright
  30. No. 10 Mary Lazy-Bones
  31. No. 11 When Baby Grows up
  32. No. 12 Sparrow to its Wee One
  33. No. 13 Up the Slope
  34. No. 14 Going North or going South
  35. No. 15 Polly, Molly, get up now
  36. No. 16 Between the Oven and the Table
  37. No. 17 Pretty Polly, Sweet and Jolly
  38. No. 18 Young Ola Finndale
  39. No. 19 The Dance round the Anvil
  40. Variations on a Norwegian Folktune (1930–31)

  41. Variations on a Norwegian Folktune
  42. Hymn: Honour Eternal Spring (c. 1916)

  43. Hymn: Honour Eternal Spring

ALL EXCEPT * FIRST RECORDINGS


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Catalogue No: TOCC0584
EAN/UPC: 5060113445841
Release Date: 04.06.2021
Composer: Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen
Artists: Øyvind Aase

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