Norman: Symphony No. 3 & Overtures / Gustavsson, Oulu Symphony Orchestra

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This album includes a large portion of the orchestral works written by Ludvig Norman (1831–1885), ‘The Swedish Brahms’, including his masterpiece work, Symphony No. 3,...

This album includes a large portion of the orchestral works written by Ludvig Norman (1831–1885), ‘The Swedish Brahms’, including his masterpiece work, Symphony No. 3, performed by the Oulu Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Gustavsson. Ludvig Norman was a highly fascinating artist who inspired a generation of Swedish composers and was widely respected, although his 3rdSymphony was premièred only after the composer’s death.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Ludvig Norman (1831–1885) went at the age of to study at the famous Leipzig Conservatory, where his teachers included Ignaz Moscheles (piano) and Julius Rietz (composition). Having returned to Stockholm as a professional musician and composer deeply inspired by his impressions of musical life in Leipzig. Norman is often considered to be among Sweden’s premier symphonists after A. F. Lindblad and Franz Berwald (1796–1868). His contribution to the Swedish orchestral repertoire comprises three symphonies, three overtures and a Funeral March. Stenhammar described the composer’s 3rd Symphony as “full of beauty” and even claimed that he valued it more than “any of Brahms’s symphonies”.

REVIEW:

The orchestra plays beyond its regional reputation and does this vigorous music justice. Norman was Brahms’ near contemporary, and fascinated by German musical culture. The comparison with Brahms is apt enough. The Symphony No. 3 is indeed a work of Brahmsian rigor, even if Norman’s canvases are not as large as Brahms’. Consider the slow movement, where an opening hymn-like melody is carefully and quite variously developed. The three shorter works on the program are all compact and attractive and could be added to any orchestral program featuring Scandinavian music. An attractive release that should expand the orchestral repertory a bit.

-- AllMusic.com (James Manheim)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: August 05, 2022


  • UPC: 0761195139127


  • Catalog Number: ODE 1391-2


  • Label: Ondine


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Ludvig Norman


  • Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Oulu Symphony Orchestra



Works:


  1. Concert Overture in E-Flat Major, Op. 21

    Composer: Ludwig Norman

    Ensemble: Oulu Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson


  2. Funeral March in B-Flat Minor, Op. 46, "To the Memory of August Söderman"

    Composer: Ludwig Norman

    Ensemble: Oulu Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson


  3. Overture to Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 57

    Composer: Ludwig Norman

    Ensemble: Oulu Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson


  4. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 58

    Composer: Ludwig Norman

    Ensemble: Oulu Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson