JOHAN KVANDAL (1919-1999): Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra, Op. 46, EGIL HOVLAND (1924-2013): Cantus VIII for Oboe and String Quartet, Op. 129, KJELL HABBESTAD (b.1955): Oboe Concerto, Op. 89.
Catalogue Number: 03V050
Label: LAWO Classics
Description: In Cantus VIII we find the essence of several of Hovland’s many sources of inspiration: both post-war musical modernism and his close relations to sacred music. In Kvandal, the influence from folk music is more prominent, and thee are long, beautiful lines for the soloist oboe in its second movemen. Habbestad is firmly based in the sacred music tradition, like Hovland, but he also draws inspiration from famous poems (Plath, Celan, Bjerke and more). The piece traverses through all the planes of human existences, from everyday life, through emotions and memories, and ends on a spiritual-religious level. With broad orchestral brushstrokes and a virtuoso solo part, the concerto is an important contribution to Norwegian music in general and to the oboe repertoire in particular. Trygve Aarvik (oboe), Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Ingar Bergby.