CHOPIN & SCHUMANN
Chopin’s E minor Concerto and Schumann’s Opus 92 remain as two of the finest of all works for piano and orchestra by composers from the early part of the Romantic era — the universal spirit of these compositions being equally relevant in the early decades of the 21st century as they were when they first appeared.
Sveinung Bjelland is one of The Norwegian Radio Orchestra’s preferred partners, both as soloist, which he has been numerous times, and in its chamber music series. With an ear for detail in sound and phrasing and content only after achieving his intended nuances at the micro level, he is, at the same time, a pianist with the power and authority needed to be heard over the orchestra. In these works, the interplay between soloist and orchestra is especially important, and it may be noted that the conductor on this recording is also a pianist.
The award-winning pianist Sveinung Bjelland from Stavanger is Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music and the University of Agder. Bjelland can look back on an extensive career as soloist, both on international concert stages and on numerous recordings. His previous release on the LAWO Classics label, “Rachmaninoff/ Shostakovich: Cello Sonatas” (LWC1131) with cellist Audun Sandvik, received glowing reviews in Norway and abroad.
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is known and cherished throughout the land and regarded by music-loving Norwegians with a unique combination of respect and affection. The orchestra is comprised of highly talented classical instrumentalists and its musical philosophy is distinguished by a light-hearted approach, a curiosity for all kinds of music, and an unwillingness to pigeonhole musical styles.
Conductor, composer and pianist Christian Eggen is one of the most influential figures on the Norwegian music scene. His field of expertise ranges from contemporary music via genre-merging projects, installations, television and radio drama productions to film, theatre, jazz, opera and classical music.
CHOPIN & SCHUMANN - works for piano and orchestra
Sveinung Bjelland - piano
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra / Christian Eggen
Lawo Classics 1149
Robert Schumann: Introduction and Allegro appassionato, op.92
Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto no.1 in e-minor, op.11
Schumann og Chopin
«Her møter vi en pianist og et orkester i perfekt harmoni og nydelig spillemodus. Formidlingen er herlig - og samspillet mellom pianist og orkester er i mine ører noe av det beste jeg har hørt når det gjelder dette verket.»
Trond Erikson – Den klassiske CD-bloggen,
Raffinert og heftig av Sveinung Bjelland
«Det er herlig å høre Schumann spilt så romantisk som det Bjelland gjør [...] Utfordringen i denne konserten ligger i det klanglig raffinerte, som Bjelland demonstrerer med forfinet behandling og sans for nyanser. [...] Vi gleder oss til flere innspillinger med Bjelland!»
Arnfinn Bø-Rygg – Stavanger aftenblad, 03.05.18 anmeldelse_LWC1149_Stavanger_aftenblad.pdf
«There’s always room for a reading as considered and thoughtful as this one, too: to my mind, Sveinung Bjelland is one of Norway’s most mature musicians, and he brings both clarity and energy to the piece, with like support from Christian Eggen and the players of the Kringkastningsorkestret.»
Martin Anderson – klassiskmusikk.com, 20.07.18 http://klassiskmusikk.com/review/sveinung-bjelland/
«Det handler om å mene det» – intervju i Vårt Land 01.06.18 intervju_LWC1149_vartland.pdf
«Sveinung Bjelland, a new pianist to me, plays this minor masterpiece with great sensitivity and aplomb.»
Guy Rickards – Musical Opinion, juli 2018 review_LWC1149_musicalopinion.pdf