ARVID KLEVEN (1899-1929): Sinfonia libera, Op. 16, Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 15, The Sleeping Forest, Op. 9, Lotus Land, Op. 5.
Catalogue Number: 03L004
Description: A Schubertian life-span deprived 20th century music of what might have been an important composer. Two of these works were on a 1990 Simax release and these were Kleven's first two orchestral pieces: Lotus Land and The Sleeping Forest (1922 and 1923). The fact that French Impressionism is the major influence means more in Norway than it would elsewhere since Debussy's music was practically unknown there even in the 1920s. There is more dynamic range, linear counterpoint and dissonance in the later work and this new disc now shows that Kleven was heading in an Austro-German expressionistic direction. The Fantasy of 1926 and the Sinfonia of the following year, each about 19 minutes in length, seem to be heading to an area between Hindemith and the pre-atonal music of Berg and Schoenberg. They are powerful and dramatic pieces which should appeal to collectors of the Schreker, Zemlinsky, Stephan musical axis. Stavanger Symphony Orchestra; Susanna Mälkki.