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Episode 4

Donald Macleod explores Ole Bull's ambition to revolutionise Norway's musical culture, tracing his influence on Grieg, Svendsen and virtuoso pianist Agathe Backer-Grondahl.

Bull's dazzling concerts are matched by a burning ambition to revolutionize the musical culture of his native Norway, even if an attempt to start a music academy ends in failure. Donald Macleod traces the composer's influence in the music of his contemporaries Edvard Grieg, Johan Svendsen, and the piano virtuoso Agathe Backer-Grøndahl.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Norwegian Folksongs and Dances: I Sing with a Sorrowful Heart

    Performer: Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (piano)

    • NAXOS 8.550882.
    • 7.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Sigurd Jorsalfar (excerpts)

    Performer: Håkan Hagegård (baritone), male voices of Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Seim Songkor and Kor Vest, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ole Kristian Ruud (conductor)

    • BIS SACD-1391.
    • 2 to 4.
  • Winter-Hjelm

    Deutsche Lieder: Frühlinsglob; Loose; Du Warst es Doch

    Performer: Isa Katharina Gericke (soprano), Sveinung Bjelland (piano)

    • SIMAX PSC1231.
    • 26 to 28.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Symphony no 1 – 3rd movement (Allegretto scherzando)

    Performer: Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Terje Mikkelsen (conductor)

    • CPO 777 372-2.
  • Agathe Backer-Grøndahl

    Three Études op.22

    Performer: Geir Henning Braaten (piano)

    • BIS CD 1106.
    • 19 to 21.
  • Johan Svendsen

    Johan Severin Svendsen - Norwegian Rhapsody no.3

    Performer: Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Terje Mikkelsen (conductor)

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