On December 8th, Grappa will release the CD Bønn for drømmen (“Prayer for the Dream”), an album with Sigmund’s music to a series of poems by Hans Børli. The Børli centenary project consists of newly composed music, concerts, a poetry blog, theatre performances and other art events. Sigmund’s CD will be released on Hans’s 100th birthday. Here are some pictures from the record sessions of the album.
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).
Sigmund Groven’s third (and final) album in his Sigmund Groven Collection series was released on April 8th, 2016. The CD, called Concerto, contains 22 tracks and has a classical music profile. It offers highlights from Groven´s long career in interpreting classical music from Norwegian and international composers, as well as some of his own compositions.
The musical quality is always high on a Sigmund Groven release, as can be testified by the participants on Concerto: Iver Kleive, Helge Iberg, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Ivar Anton Waagaard, Armon String Quartet, Terje Venaas, Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Kåre Nordstoga, Rainbow Filmharmonic Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Anne Vada, and last but not least (apart from Sigmund himself), Tommy Reilly.
The album includes no less than four previously unreleased recordings; Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod), new recording made in January 2016. Gavotte en rondeau (Bach/arr.Tommy Reilly), a live recording from a concert in Budapest in 2013. Sonate (Scarlatti), a live recording from Trondheim in 1990. And Møte / The Tryst (Grieg), recorded in 2007. Additionally, the Groven-Reilly duet Seventeen-Seventy-One has never been released on CD before.
The CD booklet counts 30 pages and is jampacked with liner notes, track stories and presentations, in both English and Norwegian. For example, Sigmund writes this about one of the tracks: Bach-Gounod’s Ave Maria has been part of my recital programme for many years. Bach’s music for violin solo may seem less of a likely choice of repertoire for my instrument, but Tommy Reilly has made a tasteful transcription for solo harmonica of the famous Gavotte from Bach’s Partita no.3. This is a live recording from a concert in Budapest where I played it as an encore after my performance with the Budapest Strings.
Aria (S. Groven)Concerto track list:
Solveigs Sang / Solveig’s Song (Grieg)
Anitras Dans / Anitra’s Dance (Grieg)
Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)
Gavotte en Rondeau (Bach/arr. Reilly)
Sonate (Scarlatti/arr. Moody)
Junimorgon / June Morning (S. Groven)
Here, There and Everywhere (Lennon/McCartney)
Gloria (S. Groven)
New York, New York (Martin)
Nocturne (S. Groven)
Søkjer Din Fred / Seeking Your Peace (Sivertsen)
Snø og Granskog / Snow and Spruce (S. Groven/Vesaas)
Ved Rondane / At Rondane (Grieg)
Vinland Suite: Over Havet / Vinland Suite: Across the Ocean (S. Groven)
Harmonica Concerto: Andante (Villa-Lobos)
Norsk Dans nr. 2 / Norwegian Dance no.2 (Grieg)
Møte / The Tryst (Grieg)
Jean de Florette (Verdi/arr.: Jansen)
Sigmund Groven has a long and well established history in Norwegian musical life. He held his first radio concert already in 1965, his first national tour was in 1971, and he released his debut album in 1975. In 2015, Groven therefore celebrated two anniversaries, and was also appointed Knight, First Class by the Order of St. Olav. 2016 is also Sigmund’s 70th birthday, and a fitting year for the closure of the album series Sigmund Groven Collection.
Sigmund Groven Collection vol. 3: Concerto is available worldwide from grappa.no (CD). Also from CDon.no (Norway), CDon.se (Sweden), CDon.dk (Denmark), CDon.fi (Finland), Platekompaniet (Norway), JPC.de (Germany), Cosmox (Belgium), Ginza (Sweden), eci.nl and bol.com (Netherlands).
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