EIVIND GROVEN (1901-1977): Symphonies No. 1, Op. 26 “Towards the Mountains” and No. 2, Op. 34 “The Midnight Hour”.

Catalogue Number: 06V004

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.573871

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: As we noted in the 2007 BIS release containing Groven’s first symphony from 1938, “Groven's great lifetime achievement was to develop a system whereby he could effectively "translate" the just intonation of Norwegian folk music into the tempered intonation of Western art music, in order to create works based on folk music which could be as acoustically authentic as possible.” Both symphonies are as approachable as you’d wish and, while the Second (1943) is still available on a 1993 Simax disc, this mid-price coupling should open many new ears to Groven’s attractive works. Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra; Peter Szilvay.

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