Harald LIE: Symphony #2, Symphonic Dance, Elegy, SIMAX
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1998 SIMAX disc of music by 20th-century Nowegian composer Harald Lie (1902-1942). Though Lie studied with the revolutionary Fartein Valen, his music is much closer to the Romantic tradition, mixing Stenhammar, Holmboe, and most especially Richard Strauss, whose Viennese harmonies and sense of scene painting is all over Lie's Symphony #2 op.5 . Ari Rasilainen leads the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in that work and Lie's Symphonic Dance (all that was completed of Lie's 3rd); then they're joined by baritone Hakan Hagegard for Lie's Elegy, and by soprano Anne-Lise Berntsen for The Bat's Letter. Recommended! You can listen to excerpts from the CD here .
From the Gramophone review:The Norwegian Harald Lie (1900-42) can be added to that growing list of unfortunate 20th-century composers whose considerable promise was cut short by a premature death. A comparative late-starter, Lie wrote his First Symphony of 1936, and it brought him instant recognition from the local musical community, and thereafter every stage of his career was closely monitored. Although a pupil of Fartein Valen—whose individualistic atonality he defended—Lie was essentially a Romantic whose budding nationalism was to a large extent predicated on the conventions of his Leipzig studies. While this earnest, large-souled music is inflected with Griegish accents, its ... read more