On their new record, Håvard Gimse and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra perform piano concerts by David Monrad Johansen (1888-1974) and Johan Kvandal (1919-1999). The two were father and son, but colliding personality types.
Kvandal’s protest release
Finally, the Norwegian composer Johan Kvandal (78), one of Norway’s most performed composers has fulfilled his long time dream of having his most important works recorded. He has worked on the case for a long time and finally decided, almost in protest, to use a Russian orchestra.
Brillant Norwegian- Swedish interplay
Kvandal’s Antagonia is an exciting work with explosive rythms in intricate patterns, interchanging with soft sounds. Continue reading
Johan Kvandal on himself
One’s musical expression really has more to do with instinct, a kind of voice of the heart, than with the outer intellect. All I have heard and studied, however, has strenghtened my belief in the tonal principle.
Den mysteriøse Johan Kvandal
– Hvorfor jeg synes ‘Mysterier’ egner seg som opera? Å jo, dette markante persongalleriet egner seg briljant på scenen: Johan Nilsen Nagel – ‘i en avstikkende gul dragt og med en vid fløjels hue’, Dagny Kielland – ‘med en tyk gul flætte nedad ryggen’ (…) Continue reading