PER NØRGÅRD (b.1932): Helle Nacht - Violin Concerto No. 1, Borderlines - Violin Concerto No. 2, Spaces of Time for Orchestra with Piano.
Catalogue Number: 01N063
Description: In the first concerto, Nørgård aimed for a luminous, translucent quality, as suggested by the ambiguous title 'bright night' (which suggests both the perpetual daylight of the extreme northern sky, and the aurora). This version with chamber orchestra emphasizes the transparency of the music's polyphony even more than the original edition. Symphonically structured in four movements, the piece evokes an elastic, organic nature-music while remaining tightly structured, with overtone relationships and physical phenomena of sound contributing to the composer's immediately identifiable soundworld. The Second makes more constant and explicit use of microtones, both as a structural and a coloristic element. Interference tones - between two pitches very close together - color the sonority, and also suggest another meaning for the title - the borders between the familiar and strange, alien worlds. 1991's Spaces also superimposes layers of different intonations - from microtones to accumulated intervals - and temporal variations to create a complex new form of polyphony. The solo piano advances and recedes in relation to the ensemble, creating a sense of foreground and background, analogous to the silhouetted objects against the strangely illuminated sky of the first concerto. Peter Herresthal (violin), Ida Mo (piano), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra; Rolf Gupta.