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Limited edition BLU-RAY DVD (BRD) kiadvány, 2018.
Norwegian symphony orchestra, based in Stavanger. The Norwegian composer Finn Mortensen (1922-1983) wrote only one work that he classified as a symphony, his op. 5. It is in the traditional 4 movements, and is in a fairly chromatic idiom, characteristic of the first part of the 20th century.
Parts of the first movement sound a bit like Hindemith in Gebrauchmusik-mode, and much of the mood of the work has a feel of “iron and steel”, though not as heavy as Prokofiev’s Second Symphony (from which the metaphor is drawn). The scoring can feel dense at times, but there is always a sense of forward movement and energy in the music.
Conductor Peter SZILVAY comments in the liner notes that he first discovered this symphony during his time in a Norwegian youth orchestra. Since then, he wanted to advocate for it as a conductor in his future, and clearly has done so here.
In addition, Szilvay comments that quite a few of his fellow youth orchestra members ended up in the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and performed the symphony for this recording. The orchestra and Szilvay do a good job overall, with good recorded sound, captured in the Stavanger Concert Hall (Konzerthus).