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KVANDAL, JOHAN (1919–1999)

Complete Works for Solo Piano

  • Joachim Knoph, piano

Johan Kvandal was one of Norway’s most highly esteemed 20th-century composers. He wrote a substantial body of works, notably orchestral, vocal and instrumental, that was popular with musicians and audiences alike. Initially encouraged by his father, the composer David Monrad Johansen, when he followed the predominantly nationalist trends of the 1920s and 1930s, Kvandal went on to study in Paris and Vienna, absorbing some of the infuences of composers such as Bartók, Stravinsky and Messiaen. From the 1970s onwards, a return to Norwegian folk-music as the very building bricks of his compositions, combined with the musical currents of the time, led to the development of an attractive and sometimes daring musical language described by Kvandal himself as “modern tonality”.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway, Model D


3 Slåttefantasier (Fantasies on 3 Country Dances), Op. 31 (1969) (00:02:29 )
No. 1. Skjeggeloppa, Munnharpeslått (Jew's Harp Slått) (00:02:45)
No. 2. Langeleikimprovisasjon (Langleik improvisation) (00:03:55)
No. 3. Vigstadmoen (Springleik for fiddle) (00:03:29)
5 Små klavérstykker (5 Small Piano Pieces), Op. 1 (1940) (00:08:00 )
No. 1. Moderato con moto * (00:00:49)
No. 2. Moderato * (00:01:27)
No. 3. Allegretto * (00:00:50)
No. 4. Risoluto * (00:00:50)
No. 5. Andantino * (00:01:38)
Skipper Worse: Klokkespillmenuett (Glockenspiel Minuet) (1988) * (00:01:49)
Stemning. Fra en gammel kladdebok (Mood. From an Old Sketchbook) (1952) * (00:02:22)
8 Folketoner (8 Folk Tunes), Op. 70 (1987) (00:08:45 )
No. 1. Skjemtevise, "Kjetta sett' opp veven sin" (00:00:55)
No. 2. Um morgon tidleg, "Um morgon tidleg på høgste nut" (00:01:35)
No. 3. Bonden og reven, "Eg gjekk meg i dalen og skaut meg ein rev" (00:00:49)
No. 4. Kjærlighetssang, "Kvi ror du so du fagre ungersvein" (00:01:35)
No. 5. Dans, "Tak hardt uti hand, trø lett utpå fot" (00:00:46)
No. 6. Velkomstsang, "I være velkommen kong Albret" (00:01:28)
No. 7. Vesle Ola Finndal (00:01:26)
No. 8. Å hanen han satt upp på bjelken (00:00:54)
Rondo Grazioso, Op. 5, No. 1 (1942) (00:05:33)
Mysterier (Mysteries), Op. 75, Act II: Valse (version for piano) (1994) * (00:02:30)
Fantasy, Op. 8 (1947) (00:05:45)
Munnharpevals (Jew's Harp Waltz) (1980) * (00:02:12)
Lyric Pieces, Op. 5, Nos. 4-7 (1946) (00:08:16 )
No. 4. Intermezzo No. 1: Andante sostenuto * (00:02:25)
No. 5. Intermezzo No. 2: Andante * (00:01:20)
No. 6. Capriccio: Allegro molto * (00:02:20)
No. 7. Scherzino: Allegro scherzando * (00:02:14)
3 Folketoner (3 Norwegian Folk Tunes), Op. 5, No. 2 (1948) (00:04:00 )
a. Lokk fra Lom (Shepherd's call from Lom) * (00:01:03)
b. Sjung amen! (Sing amen) * (00:01:00)
c. Då e` va liti (When I was little) * (00:02:11)
Mosaikk - Pianomusikk gjennom tidene (Mosaics - Piano Music through the Ages), Book 1: Dans (Dance) (1998) (00:00:47)
Piano Sonatina, Op. 2 (1941) (00:12:48 )
I. Allegro energico * (00:04:00)
II. Andante * (00:05:32)
III. Presto non troppo * (00:03:13)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:11:27

The Artist(s)

Knoph, Joachim

Joachim Knoph has performed as a pianist in a number of European countries, as well as several times in, among others, China and Russia. He has collaborated with many of Norway’s most distinguished instrumentalists and singers, and has won prizes and grants such as the Yamaha award. He has participated in several commercial recordings, and already, as a student, he was a soloist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra on a CD conducted by Ari Rasilainenen of two piano concertos by F.J. Berg. Joachim Knoph received his first piano lessons from Helene Jensen, Wolfgang Plagge and Jens Harald Bratlie, followed by studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music under Einar Steen-Nøkleberg. Thereafter followed further diploma studies with Jiří Hlinka at the Malmö Academy of Music/Barratt Due Institute of Music. He has also been a student of Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. Joachim Knoph is also active as a composer, including music for films.

The Composer(s)

Johan Kvandal was born in 1919. His parents were the artist Lissa (Amunda) and the composer David Monrad Johansen, and this early exposure to the arts proved extremely influential. He studied composition with Geirr Tveitt from 1937–1942 and with Joseph Marx in Vienna from 1942–1944. After the war, he completed his studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music, majoring first in conducting in 1947 and then in organ in 1951. In the early years Kvandal was, like many other composers of his generation, influenced by the predominantly nationalist trends of the 1920s and 1930s. He sought in this period to combine elements from Norwegian folk music with classical forms.


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