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Label: 2L

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Steinar Granmo Nilsen & Kristin Fossheim

Composer: Paul Dukas (1865-1935), Charles Gounod (1818-1893), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), Emanuel Chabrier (1841-1894), Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Richard Strauss (1864-1949), Carl Czerny (1791-1857)

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  • Paul Dukas (1865 - 1935):
  • 1Paul Dukas: Villanelle (1906)07:32
  • Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893):
  • 2Charles Gounod: Six pièces mélodiques originales pour cor à pistons et piano: III. Andante (1839)03:31
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921):
  • 3Camille Saint-Saëns: Romance op. 36 (1874)04:01
  • Emanuel Chabrier (1841 - 1894):
  • 4Emanuel Chabrier: Larghetto (1875)10:08
  • Carl Czerny (1791 - 1857):
  • 5Carl Czerny: Andante e Polacca (1848)13:13
  • Franz Strauss (1822 - 1905):
  • 6Franz Strauss: Nocturno op. 7 (1864)06:06
  • Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856):
  • 7Robert Schumann: Adagio und Allegro op. 70 (1849)09:37
  • Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949):
  • 8Richard Strauss: Andante (1888)04:57
  • Total Runtime59:05

Info for The Horn in Romanticism

The sound of the horn epitomized stormy emotions for composers of Romantic music. Robert Schumann is said to have spoken of the horn as being the orchestra's soul. For poets, the horn's sound was a symbol of the soul's longing. For horn players, however, what was at stake for much of the Romantic period was the soul of the horn itself, for it was an instrument that faced experiment and change occasioned by new technology, notably the invention of the valve. This recording explores and illustrates this important era in the evolution of the horn.

Steinar Granmo Nilsen, natural horn
Kristin Fossheim, fortepiano

Steinar Granmo Nilsen
is currently employed by the Norwegian Wind Ensemble in Halden and plays with a number of Scandinavian Early Music ensembles. He has previously worked for many years in the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces in Oslo. He studied at music academies in Trond- heim, Freiburg and Oslo with Stein Villanger, Ifor James, Renée Allen and Frøydis Ree Wekre.

In 1999 Granmo Nilsen took part in the prestigious Festival d’Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence in France as a member of L’Academie Européenne de Musique. He participated as orchestral musician, chamber musician and soloist and was awarded for his efforts with the prize of the Academy’s instrumentalist of the year. In 2000 he won the second-prize in the Princess Astrid’s Music Award.

He teaches natural horn and valve horn at the Norwegian Academy of Mu- sic. He is also a very active and sought- after chamber musician and soloist on both modern and historic horns and with a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music.

2004 he recorded «An Invitation to a Voyage» for horn and band by Trygve Madsen with The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces for SIMAX, and 2012 the Sonata op. 17 by Beethoven with Kristin Fossheim for 2L. Recently he produced the CDs «Beethoven» and «Leipzig» with Oslo Kammerakademi for LAWO Classics.

Kristin Fossheim
holds position as Associate Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) in the field of accompanyment. She specializes in fortepiano and recorded several CD ́s at 2L: in addition to this CD she has recorded all of Beethoven’s sonatas for fortepiano and cello and natural horn, with Bjørn Solum and Steinar Granmo Nilsen (2002 und 2012), as well as «Sommernatt», romances of Johannes Haarklou, together with Linda Øvrebø (2010).

As teacher at NMH her field of interest includes repertoire for flute, viola, cello and song, as well as works by Mozart and Beethoven on fortepiano. The last year her artistic research has been focusing on Schumanns «Dichter- liebe» with professor Are Sandbakken.

Kristin Fossheim has performed as soloist with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous other Norwegian orchestras.

Kristin Fossheim regularly works with singers like Cecilie Cathrine Ødegården, who after her Diploma at NMH now works at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet. This duo partnership includes lieder-repertoire from classical as well as romantic litterature.

Kristin Fossheim har performed with many outstanding soloists, like Elise Båtnes, Henninge Båtnes Landaas, Dag Jensen, Trond Hallsten Moe, David Friedemann Strunck to mention a few.

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