Over the Hills and
KRISTIANSAND BLÅSEENSEMBLE conducted by
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MARCHES — Cymbal crashes, screeching
clarinets and harsh trombones. But a march comes in many colours — and
not necessarily one to be marched to. With a colourful postcard from
the East, Orient et Occident, signed Camille Saint-Saëns – wild
wonderful chaos in Charles Ives’ 1776 – a warm tribute to a valley in
Norway with Johannes Hanssen’s Valdres March – a moving memorial to a
dear friend in Edvard Grieg’s Funeral March – the source of sheer
enjoyment like Percy Grainger’s Over the Hills and Far Away, this is
vitamin C in musical form for children of all ages!
You can name all kinds of music, and of
there is much music in the world which is of interest — you can name
some of the great canons, certainly they are interesting! But all other
music is reduced to nothing compared with a good military march.
With these words the writer Agnar Mykle pays tribute to military music.
Whether one agrees or not, it is impossible not to be swept away by
Mykle’s enthusiasm – bracing marching rhythms played by a decent band
are intoxication enough for anyone. And the writer’s words certainly
bear witness to the cultural importance of military music – whether
they are marches or any other kind of music.
The Norwegian Army disbanded the ensemble
on December 31, 2002, and all
the musician posts were transferred to the Kristiansand Symphony
Orchestra as of January 1, 2003. Under its new name Kristiansand
Blåseensemble (“Kristiansand Wind Ensemble”), the band is now
of a unique orchestra model in Norway. Three main groups share
activities: Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Kristiansand Chamber
Orchestra and Kristiansand Wind Ensemble.
We lack sensitivity here for everything except politics and — sport!
Edvard Grieg wrote those words to Percy Grainger in 1907, expressing
his despair at the low standard of culture among Norwegians compared
with the rest of the world. Has the situation improved? The question
shall remain open – since Grieg’s time at least one Norwegian cultural
tradition has developed, which other countries may envy us: the
tradition of wind bands. Many of Norway’s leading talents received
their first inspiration and training through the voluntary activities
of school wind bands, and let it be oft repeated: the importance of
this movement for Norway’s music life – at every level – must not be
underestimated! The conductor Bjørn Sagstad too began
musical career in his local wind band.
Label: 2L / Catalogue #
2L31SACD / e-book
Release: 2005 September 30
Format: Hybrid Super Audio-CD
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Over the Hills and
01 Marche Militaire Française (C. Saint-Saëns)
02 Children's March (P. Grainger)
03 Militärmarsch (R. Strauss)
04 March opus 99 (S. Prokofiev)
05 Marcia (C. M. von Weber)
06 Trauer-Marsch (F. Mendelssohn)
07 Commando March (S. Barber)
08 Orient et Occident (C. Saint-Saëns)
09 Ouverture & March "1776" (C. E. Ives)
10 Valdresmarsj (J. Hanssen)
11 Bojarenes inntogsmarsj (J. Halvorsen)
12 Grand March (O. Bull)
13 Sørgemarsj (E. Grieg)
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