Christian Sinding Symphonies 1-4

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Christian Sinding Symphonies 1-4

Christian Sinding Symphonies 1-4
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Christian August Sinding (January 11, 1856–December 3, 1941) was a Norwegian composer. He was born in Kongsberg and studied music first in Oslo before going to Germany, where he studied at the conservatory in Leipzig under Salomon Jadassohn. He lived in Germany for much of his life, but received regular grants from the Norwegian government. In 1920–21 he went to the United States of America to teach composition for a season at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 1924 he was given Henrik Wergeland’s Oslo home, "Grotten" ("The grotto"), as an honorary residence. He died in Oslo.

The large number of short, lyrical piano pieces and songs that Sinding wrote has led to many seeing him as the heir to his fellow countryman, Edvard Grieg, not so much in musical style but as a Norwegian composer with an international reputation. After his first piano sonata was premiered, a critic complained that it was "too Norwegian". Sinding replied that the next one would be even more so. Sinding is best remembered today for one of his piano works, Frühlingsrauschen (Rustle of Spring, 1896). Among his other works — which are rarely performed, as Grieg overshadowed Sinding — are four symphonies, three violin concertos, a piano concerto, chamber music, and an opera, Der Heilige Berg (The Holy Mountain, 1914).

In 1941, eight weeks before his death, Sinding was entered into the Norwegian Nazi party, Nasjonal Samling. This largely explains his relative obscurity in Norway - it was official practice for the broadcasting monopoly after the war to boycott people seen at nazi sympathisers. The circumstances surrounding his membership are to say the least very controversial.[1] His fees were to be paid by the party. He had made several remarks against the occupation, had fought for the rights of Jewish musicians during the early 1930s, was a close friend of the war hero Nordahl Grieg, and had since the late 1930s suffered from severe senile dementia.

The motives for the Nazi party for getting Sinding into the party were obvious - he was a tremendously popular composer before the war, particularily in Norway and Germany.

Frühlingsrauschen was quoted by Meredith Willson in his musical The Music Man.

Track Listing:

1. Symphony No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 21 - I Allegro Moderato
2. Symphony No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 21 - Ii Andante
3. Symphony No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 21 - Iii Vivace
4. Symphony No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 21 - Iv Allegro
5. Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 83 - I Allegro Moderato
6. Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 83 - Ii Andante
7. Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 83 - Iii Allegro

1. Symphony No. 3 In F Major, Op. 121 - I Con Fuoco
2. Symphony No. 3 In F Major, Op. 121 - Ii Andante
3. Symphony No. 3 In F Major, Op. 121 - Iii Allegro
4. Symphony No. 3 In F Major, Op. 121 - Iv Non Troppo Allegro
5. Symphony No. 4 "Winter And Spring", Op. 129 - I Maestoso
6. Symphony No. 4 "Winter And Spring", Op. 129 - Ii Andante
7. Symphony No. 4 "Winter And Spring", Op. 129 - Iii Moderato
8. Symphony No. 4 "Winter And Spring", Op. 129 - Iv Vivace
9. Symphony No. 4 "Winter And Spring", Op. 129 - V Largamente
10. Symphony No. 4 "Winter And Spring", Op. 129 - Vi Andante