On November 17, 2017 Grappa released 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).
On February 28th, 2018, two of Norway’s most well known musicians performed at the 75th anniversary of the heavy water sabotage at Vemork in Rjukan, Norway. Sigmund Groven and fiddle master Knut Buen entertained military officers, mayors, ambassadors and the general audience with both international classics and local music. In the videos below you can hear some of the music from the mini concert. (Norsk versjon her.)
Sigmund plays We’ll meet again (known as Vera Lynn’s big hit) and Vårsøg.
Sigmund and Knut Buen performing a folk tune from Telemark, Langt inn på ville heii.
28. februar 2018 var to av Telemarks mest kjente musikere med på 75-årsmarkeringen for sabotasjeaksjonen på Vemork i Rjukan. Sigmund Groven og felekollega Knut Buen underholdt offiserer, ordførere, ambassadører og publikum med både internasjonale klassikere og lokalt forankret musikk. I videoene under kan du se og høre flere av melodiene fra minikonserten. (English version here.)
Sigmund spiller We’ll meet again (kjent fra Vera Lynns fremførelse) og Vårsøg.
Sigmund og Knut Buen fremfører en folketone fra Telemark, Langt inn på ville heii.