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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I go hot and cold with Norgard. I put on his 4th & 5th symphonies CD this morning, but had to take it off.

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    Well...you could post it to me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogen View Post
    This has prompted me to fish out his string quartets 7 to 10. Creeping up my enjoyment register. Slowly...
    I have this CD as well. I enjoy it more than some of his symphonies.

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    I'll add the lst violin concerto to my Norgard favorites. Just finished listening to the Chandos recording. It's an exciting an interesting piece.

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    A new release on Dacapo with Symphonies 2+ 6, with the Oslo PO conducted by Storgårds, will be released in May.

    http://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/reco...s-2-and-6.aspx

    Both have been recorded before (by Chandos, and no.2 by Panula on the Point label as well), but performances of Nørgård´s symphonies tend to vary a lot.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Apr-27-2016 at 07:41.

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    His techniques are more interesting than his music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richannes Wrahms View Post
    His techniques are more interesting than his music.
    No, his techniques are extremely varying, giving a similarly varied musical result, one of the absolutely most diversified among recent composers, and as diversified as Stravinsky´s or even more.

    There are 400+ works of all sorts, instrumentations, content, and ways of expression, and yet he is a deep and original thinker, as obviously seen in interviews and writings.

    Symphony no.2 and "Voyage into the Golden Screen" for orchestra are among the most technique-insisting.

    The Tapiola-like 1st Symphony or early string orchestra works, the exotic, dancing Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra "For A Change", the very advanced yet tight Piano Concerto "In Due Tempi",
    the lyrical choral and early chamber works (1st Cello Sonata, 1st Clarinet Trio), and the expressive, social critique of the cantata "La Nuit des Hommes", the stylistically varied string quartet cycle 1-10 and symphony cycle 1-8 generally, are just a few examples of this diversity. And one could go on.
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    My ramblings-on about Nørgård's 3rd can be found here: https://leggierosite.wordpress.com/2...musical-maths/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richannes Wrahms View Post
    His techniques are more interesting than his music.
    I like his rugged Norwegian good looks more than his music.

    His varying techniques suggest to me that he is a post-modernist. I always have trouble identifying those.
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    I've only dabbled in Nørgård's music -- but what I've heard, I've enjoyed.

    The Nørgård piece that I return to most frequently is "Constellations." I first discovered it on this LP:




    If you'd like to sample "Constellations," here it is:



    Note: This isn't the Semkow recording pictured above. It's Juha Kangas conducting the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.

    Compelling stuff.
    Blog Index of JACE's 100 Favorite Classical Recordings: 1 - 50 and 51 - 100

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    Expanding Space, Nørgård's electronic music released on cassette in 1987, has been reissued on vinyl and digital album.

    The Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology
    http://www.lydarkaeologi.dk/en/relea...ing-space-eng/





    Nørgård wrote: "The idea is a music that could give a meditative experience, but also a music that could be used as ‘ambient’ or ‘background music’, without the disturbing elements – like in muzak and elevator music – of small discreet themes calling for your attention, but doing nothing with it..."
    though, to me, this is too rich and otherworldly for ambient or meditation.

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    Btw, there are rumours that, contrary to earlier predictions about his health etc., Nørgård is now working on a 9th symphony.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Sep-18-2018 at 07:05.

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    I go hot and cold with Norgard. I put on his 4th & 5th symphonies CD this morning, but had to take it off.
    The 4th is very difficult, IMO. I´m not into it either, though recordings differ.

    The 5th is a great and effectful piece.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Sep-18-2018 at 07:08.

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    I've only recently started listening to Norgard. I'd listened to his first quartet a while ago but didn't get excited enough to explore his other music for some reason. I listened to it again today and absolutely loved it, then following Tom Service's advice on the 50 greatest symphonies series I listened to his third symphony and was blown away. Very excited to have found a new composer whose works I can explore and hopefully enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shosty View Post
    I've only recently started listening to Norgard. I'd listened to his first quartet a while ago but didn't get excited enough to explore his other music for some reason. I listened to it again today and absolutely loved it, then following Tom Service's advice on the 50 greatest symphonies series I listened to his third symphony and was blown away. Very excited to have found a new composer whose works I can explore and hopefully enjoy.
    I have been listening to Nørgård's Violin Concerto lately, I liked it so much that I got a CD (Thomas Dausgaard on Dacapo) with symphonies 3 & 7, but I've not opened it yet. You may have convinced me to do so, later today after work. Thanks, Shosty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    I have been listening to Nørgård's Violin Concerto lately, I liked it so much that I got a CD (Thomas Dausgaard on Dacapo) with symphonies 3 & 7, but I've not opened it yet. You may have convinced me to do so, later today after work. Thanks, Shosty!
    You are very welcome. Since my post I've listened to the seventh as well and liked it very much. I hope you enjoy them too.

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