HOL­BERG VARI­A­TIONS

Christian Ihle Had­land, pi­ano, 1B1/Jan Bjøranger, Er­lend Skomsvoll, pi­ano Simax PSC 1332 ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Grieg’s Hol­berg Suite in trip­li­cate – se­ri­ously! Two of the ver­sions are Grieg’s own mid-19th-cen­tury re-shap­ings of the baroque, his orig­i­nal for pi­ano and the or­ches­tra­tion for strings. The third stems from jazz mu­si­cian Er­lend Skomsvoll’s res­i­dency at the Bjerg­sted Park in Sta­vanger (home to the city’s mu­sic school and old con­cert hall), dur­ing which he wanted to in­ter­pret clas­si­cal mu­sic on his own terms with a clas­si­cal orches­tra. Vi­o­lin­ist Jan Bjøranger, leader of 1B1, said yes. Skomsvoll’s “re­com­prim­provari­a­tions” are not as rad­i­cal as what Gérard Pes­son and Michael Gor­don have done to Bruck­ner and Beethoven. It’s more like a re­con­struc­tion in which miss­ing sec­tions have been re­placed in a mod­ern style. My vote goes to Grieg’s own or­ches­tra­tion. simax.no

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