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[Bjarte Engeset]…directs a wholly idiomatic and attractive performance and secures a colorfully idiomatic response from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

…well-paced, evenly-balanced performances…and you can’t go wrong with Engeset’s strongly committed readings of both suites. © 2015 Read complete review

Penguin Guide, January 2009

TVEITT: 100 Hardanger Tunes - Suites Nos. 1 and 4 8.555078
TVEITT: 100 Hardanger Tunes - Suites Nos. 2 and 5 8.555770

Tveitt’s musical outlook was steeped in the Hardanger music of western Norway. Even though almost 80 per cent of his output was destroyed in a fire, he can almost rival Milhaud. Niels Viggo Bentzon or Villa-Lobos in fecundity. The Fourth Suite of Hardanger Tunes was the first Tveitt work to be recorded on LP, way back in the 1960s, albeit in a much less complete form than it is here. Try ‘So stilt dei ror på glitre-fjord’ (How silently they row on the glittering fjord), and you will understand why Tveitt enjoyed such an enviable reputation as an orchestrator. His sound world is highly original and imaginative, and unfailingly inventive. Each of these suites comprises fifteen numbers, which some way fond too much of a good thing, and there is something to be said for making one’s own shorter compilations. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra play with evident enthusiasm for Bjarte Engeset, who was collated the various different sources in preparing his edition. Nearly all these pieces are delightful and many are quite captivating. The second selection is every bit as imaginative and colourful as the earlier sets. Something of a find.

Prillar refers to the Norwegian folk instrument, the Prillarhorn, and is very much in his post-Greig nationalist vein. The second movement is distinctly Gallic and the piece was actually given in Paris in 1983 by the Orchestre National under Manuel Rosentahl. Decent performances though the Stavanger strings are a bit thin and a good (if not characteristically spectacular) BIS recording.

Jim Svejda
KUSC Radio, June 2003

"Tveitt's Hundred Hardanger Tunes remain his best known and most approachable works, especially in the recent Naxos series with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Bjarte Engeset.
The latest installment features two of the 15-movement suites, including perhaps the most attractive one of all, the so-called Wedding Suite. Full of memorable tunes, distinctive harmonies and wonderful invention, the music should win this brilliantly gifted, relentlessly individual composer many friends; the performances are both skillful and perfectly idiomatic, and the recorded sound is superb. On those days when you're in the mood for one of the Peer Gynt suites but don't actually want to face that particular music, try this maddeningly addictive stuff instead."

Rémy Franck
Pizzicato, January 2002

"...In an unbroken sequence of little tone-poems we have evidence of the composer's outstanding talent for sublime orchestration ... The excellent Royal Scottish National Orchestra plays engagingly and colourfully under Bjarte Engeset."


Roger Nichols
Gramophone, January 2002

"Over and over again Tveitt finds striking textures and counterpoints with which to invigorate further these already vigorous tunes - some real folktunes, some by the composer in folk idiom. I particularly liked GSR's remark about 'Tveitt's delicate yet robust invention with a hint of the twee'. These pieces are, as he says, 'great fun', but at times I found them more than that 'Bridal voayage', for instance, from the Wedding Suite, is deeply moving with its Messiaenesque harmonies put to quite another use. 'Warmly recommended', says GSR; to which I would add 'unmissable'."

Calum MacDonald
International Record Review, December 2001

"Continuing its extremely valuable Tveitt series with the RSNO, Naxos offers us Suites Nos. 1 and 4...A most enjoyable disc."

Guy Rickards
Gramophone, November 2001

"Readers who have discovered previous releases of the Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt's music will need no recommendation to acquire this splendidly played new addition to his discography...

"Engeset's new account is a delight from start to finish, revealing Tveitt's delicate yet robust invention without a hint of the twee, though with a suggestion of Khachaturian in the finale

The RSNO (remember Norway is as much their neighbour as Sassenach England) are on top form, and Naxos's recording, engineered by Tim Handley, is excellent. Great fun, warmly recommended."

Robert Layton
BBC Music Magazine, November 2001

"The Royal Scottish National Orchestra plays with evident enthusiasm for Bjarte Engeset, who has collated the various different sources in preparing his edition. Nearly all these pieces are attractive and some are quite captivating.", November 2001

"Editor's Choice -- Obscure and underrated Norwegian who lost many of his scores in a fire in 1970, Tveitt was especially good at capturing and redefining the rich folk music tradition of his native Hardanger, an achievement that he took for granted: 'If a leaf grows on a birch tree, it necessarily becomes a birch leaf.'"

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