Recordings and music
News about current, recent and future music and recordings. Past recordings are listed on the discography page.
Sigmund Groven’s latest solo album is the third and final entry in the Sigmund Groven Collection series. The 22-track album, which has a classical music profile, includes several previously unreleased recordings and offers highlights from Groven´s long career in interpreting classical music from Norwegian and international composers, as well as some of his own compositions. Concerto has also been released in South Korea by Sail Music. Read more about the album on it’s dedicated page.
Johan Øian compilation
On November 17, 2017 Grappa will be releasing a compilation CD where Sigmund Groven is involved as musician and producer. Musician Johan Øian (1915 – 1978) was known to Norwegians as the radio orchestra pianist, but he was also a composer of 360 registered musical works, often music set to lyrics by poets and authors such as Hans Børli, André Bjerke, Thorbjørn Egner and Alf Prøysen. Øian’s most well known children’s songs include the music for classics such as Helene Harefrøken, Bolla Pinnsvin and Nøtteliten. The 52-track double CD Johan Øien – pianisten og komponisten gives you a broad insight into the artistic work of Johan Øian, as a pianist and composer of classical music and folk tunes.
Much of the music presented on the CD originates from the rich archives of national broadcaster NRK, while 17 tracks were recently recorded with Sigmund Groven as producer. Two NRK archive recordings with Sigmund and Johan Øian have never been released before; Melodie Beguine (1976) and Engelsk landsbystemning (“English village mood”, 1975). There are also two recordings where Tommy Reilly and Johan Øian join forces; Seventeen Come Sunday and Om kvelden (“In the evening”), both from Reilly’s album Colours of my Life (1967), the latter track being produced by Sigmund Groven. There are also 9 other tracks where you can hear Sigmund’s musicianship supporting Øian’s music. Finally, Sigmund contributes to the CD’s liner notes.
A review of the CD can be found here (in Norwegian).
Venues are in Norway unless otherwise mentioned.
February 13, Hungary: Concert together with Szabolcs Szamosi (organ) and other musicians at Matthias Church (Mátyás-Templom) in Budapest.
February 22, Stange: “Prayer for the dream” concert at Sørum Gård in Stange in Hedmark. Sigmund’s music to 12 poems by Hans Børli is performed by Maren Myrvold (soprano), Marianne Bye Granheim (mezzo soprao), Aage Kvalbein (cello), Ivar Anton Waagaard (piano) and Sigmund himself. The concert starts 7 pm.
February 28, Rjukan: Sigmund and Knut Buen (Hardanger fiddle) will be playing at the 75th anniversary of the heavy water operation at Vemork in the presence of HRH Crown Prince Haakon. The event is open to the public, and takes place at 5 pm at the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum in Rjukan in Telemark.
Media & internet
On February 22nd, 2018, you can hear parts of “Prayer for the dream”, Sigmund’s music to poems by Hans Børli, on NRK P2. This takes place at 11.03 am in the programme Spillerom.
On February 11th, 2017 you could hear Sigmund as a guest in the programme “My favourite music” on NRK Klassisk (NRK Classical Music). Listen here.
NRK’s 1977 TV concert with Sigmund, Ketil Bjørnstad, Espen Rud and Terje Venaas. Music from the album Musikk for en lang natt.
Watch this NRK documentary about Sigmund on tour in 1975 with Ketil Bjørnstad and Lars Hauge for Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway).
NRK TV mini concert with Sigmund from 1991.
NRK TV’s “harmonica school” with Tommy Reilly and Sigmund is now online at nrk.no
Sigmund performs his composition Det var ein gong / Once upon a time on NRK in 1992.
Watch Sigmund perform a folk tune at a festival in 1992.
Sigmund appears five times in this NRK Christmas special from 1978.
Check out some YouTube clips of Sigmund performing on Norwegian TV in the multimedia section, as well as more NRK clips.