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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Geirr Tveitt (pronounced with a soft ‘G’ and surname as in ‘Tate’) was obviously an accomplished pianist as, when he gave the first performance of the Fifth Piano Concerto in 1954 in Paris under Jean Martinon, he also played the B flat minor Concerto of Tchaikovsky and Brahms’s D minor Concero! Håvard Gimse is an artist of quality and well supported by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Bjarte Engeset.

American Record Guide, December 2001

"Havard Gimse is equal to all requirements...Clear piano and percussion registration distinguish Naxos's sonics..."

Robert Baxter
Courier-Post, August 2001

"Havard Gimse makes a strong advocate for these appealing scores. He inflects the graceful melodies with a light touch and summons the virtuoso technique for the rapid passage work in the first concerto. Havard also surmounts the demands of the challenging fifth concerto. The pianist catches the mood of the ominous slow movement with chilling precision. Conductor Bjarte Engeset and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra provide solid accompaniments for the pianist.

Guy Rickards
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 2001

"Characterful accounts of bright, colorful concertos from a great but unsung Norwegian...Bjarte Engeset directs the RSNO very sensitively...warmly recommended."

Calum MacDonald
International Record Review, May 2001

"In any case Naxos offers the only version of the First Concerto, which - as well played and recorded as this - would make the disc irresistible, even before its super-budged price is taken into account."

Philip Anson
La Scena Musicale

"Naxos continues to expand the frontiers of repertory with this disc of piano concertos by Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt (1908-1981). Tveitt was a nationalist composer of traditional bent...with strong formal ties to Grieg, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev, though his sweet and sour (mostly sweet) melodies are perhaps closer to the easily digestible output of certain British, French, and American composers. The Piano Concerto No. 1 (1927) had a rocky debut in Nazi Germany in 1931 but there is nothing here to scare the horses... The Piano Concerto No. 5 (1954) takes us ahead 20 years in Tveitt output, but without radical changes. The musical style is similar traditional, tonal, reflective, emotional, painterly, grand, and deeply etched. The fine Norwegian pianist Havard Gimse plays with fire and delicacy as required. The recording, made in Scotland last year, is excellent."


"Tveitt's music strikes me as an unusual and very compelling mix. Greig meets Modernism...the music absolutely knocks me out...Gimse's fingers generate some exciting climaxes and some beautifully lyric playing...very fine music-making in unfamiliar repertory...this will probably remain one of my favorite Naxos discs."

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