Norway's Leading Orchestras



Penny Gore this week introduces recent concert performances by some of Norway's leading orchestras. Today the highly regarded Oslo Philharmonic are heard in music for a 'Troll Play,' and a dignified Passacaglia, much admired by Carl Nielsen. Then the orchestra's new principal conductor guides them through the luxuriant romanticism of Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.


Fossegrimen, op. 21, Suite of Incidental music for the play by Sigurd Eldegard

Ragnhild Hemsing (Hardanger fiddle),

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bjarte Engeset (conductor)

c. 2.25pm

Ludvig Irgens Jensen

Passacaglia, for orchestra (1926)

c. 2.45pm


Violin Concerto no. 1 Sz. 36

Vilde Frang (violin), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

c. 3.05pm


Symphony no. 2 in E minor

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (conductor)


Geirr Tveitt (1908-1981)

Suite No. 4, op. 151, from 'A Hundred Hardanger Tunes'


Penny Gore continues her exploration this week of recent concert performances by some of Norway's leading orchestras. Today she hears from the Bergen Philharmonic, one of the world's oldest musical institutions which this year celebrates its 250th anniversary. The orchestra has been directed since 2003 by the American, Andrew Litton, who relinquishes the post in October to the Englishman, Edward Gardner.

Johan Svendsen

Norwegian Artists' Carnival, op. 14 (1874)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)


Scythian Suite, op 20

c. 2.30pm


Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor, op. 60 ('Ballade')

Yevgeny Sudbin (piano),

c. 3.05pm


Serenade (1954), after Plato's 'Symposium', for violin, strings, harp and percussion

Vadim Gluzman (violin),

c. 3.40pm


Symphony no 1 in D minor, op 12


Penny Gore presents a perfomance of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcrcker given recently by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Norway's oldest orchestra has been performing and recording all of Tchaikovsky great ballet's under the Estonian conductor, Neeme Järvi, over the last few years and this performance marks the culmination of the project.


The Nutcracker

Bergen Boys' Choir, Bergen Girls' Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (conductor).


Penny Gore concludes her survey of recent concert performances by some of Norway's leading orchestras. Today we hear from Norway's Radio Orchestra, founded in 1946, the Oslo Philharmonic, founded in 1919 and the Bergen Philharmonic which traces its routes as far back as 1765. Also today, we hear from the highly regarded Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1977 and now resident at the Risor Festival.


Symphony No. 104 in D, Hob. I:104 ('London')

NRK Radio Orchestra, Christian Eggen (conductor)

c. 2.30pm

Lars-Erik Larsson

Saxophone Concerto op. 14 (1934)

Soran Lind (saxophone),

Strings of The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Per Kristian Skalstad (conductor)

c. 2.55pm


Symphony No. 4 in C, op. 47 / op. 112

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)



Shéhérazade, song cycle

Sarah Fox (soprano),

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Fabien Gabel (conductor)

c. 3.50pm


Images pour orchestre, L. 122