Format: COMPACT DISC
Eivind Groven is a name well-known in Norwegian music history. He is perhaps recognized as the man behind the interval and identification signals that the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio transmissions employed for several years. He was an authentic and eager proponent of folk music within art music, and perhaps this might be for which he is most famous and admired. Groven’s songs are situated primarily within the first half of his work as a composer. Although he does not employ folk music here as much as in his other compositions, we can still sense a “Norwegian flavor” that is not always so easy to define, yet is nevertheless present. It has been exciting to explore Groven’s songs: here we find both great pathos and simpler tunes. Most of the lyrics are taken from the Suttung movement’s greatest poets, Kinck and Wergeland. And since Marianne Beate Kielland as a youth participated in a Suttung group for many years, this recoding has become a journey back to the lyrics of her childhood.