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OSLO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA was founded in 1919 and is today the national orchestra in Norway. In Oslo it gives 60 to 70 symphonic concerts on a yearly basis, including Christmas concerts and school concerts, chamber concerts and open air concerts free of charge with tens of thousands attending. The orchestra has its own programs and projects for young listeners and musicians under the label ‘Ung arena’ and ‘Crescendo’.

With Mariss Jansons, Music Director 1979–2002, the orchestra achieved great international fame. touring activities from 1982 and on included regular visits at most of the major venues in Europe, such as a residency at Vienna Musikverein, festivals at BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Lucerne and Salzburg and as well as major venues in the Americas and East Asia. Jansons was succeeded by André Previn, who also headed tours in Europe and the USA.

During the period from 2007 to 2013 with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, today Honorary Conductor, the orchestra visited, among other places, the great music centres of London (BBC Proms included), Vienna, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Paris.

Vasily Petrenko began as Chief Conductor in 2013. His concerts in Oslo are considered among the highlights in the city, and abroad he and the Philharmonic have been a sought-after unit for long. So far, touring has taken them to Vienna, Berlin, Paris, the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival, toshiba Grand Concerts in Japan, Germany, Spain and Great Britain.

The 2016–17 season includes planned visits to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, South Korea, Hong Kong and taiwan. Petrenko’s first recording with the Philharmonic was released on LAWO Classics in 2015: Scriabin’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (LWC1088). In 2016–17 are scheduled Prokofiev’s complete Romeo and Juliet, Scriabin’s other symphonies and his piano concerto, as well as the start of a Richard Strauss cycle.   

www.ofo.no

Live Dates

03/07/2016   Nørgård symphonies in Classical Specialist Chart
Vores to nye CD'er med symfonier af Per Nørgård ligger for anden uge i træk på Englands liste over bedst sælgende klassiske albums
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12/05/2016   Praise for Nørgård
Gramophone Editor's Choice and four stars in the Guardian for our new Nørgård albums with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds!
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05/02/2016   Per Nørgård awarded Germany's leading music prize
Danish composer Per Nørgård has been awarded the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of his lifelong contribution to music. Dacapo Records will release the composer's symphonies 2, 4, 5 and 6 with the Oslo Philharmonic and John Storgårds.
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31/10/2016   Diapason

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 2 & 6
5/5 Stars

"Mais Nørgard invente aussi une euphorie lumineuse des timbres et des rythmes..."
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13/09/2016   Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
"I am glad to have this recording and do not hesitate to recommend it highly."
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06/09/2016   Fidelity

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
"Jeder Klang hier ist ungewöhnlich, die Generalpausen vibrieren vor Spannung."
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04/09/2016   Nordische Musik

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 4 & 5
6/6 Stars

"All seine Sinfonien sind einzigartige, konzentrierte Meisterwerke (...) – Große Worte, doch Storgårds aktuelle Einspielungen mit dem Oslo Philharmonic bieten die Möglichkeit, dies ohne Probleme auf Wahrheitsgehalt zu überprüfen."
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01/09/2016   Fono Forum

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 2, 4, 5 & 6
5/5 Stars

"Nicht umsonst ist Nørgård in diesem Jahr für sein Schaffen mit dem Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis ausgezeichnet worden."
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29/08/2016   Fidelity

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
"Der Däne ist ein Orchester-Avantgardist von irrwitziger Expressivität."
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29/08/2016   BBC Music Magazine

PER NØRGÅRD: Symphonies 2 & 6
5/5 Stars

" it isn't just the clarity, it's the expressiveness of it all that impresses again and again."
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24/08/2016   ConcertoNet

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
3/4 Stars

"[..] these are handsome additions to the Nørgård discography [..]"
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24/08/2016   ConcertoNet

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
3/4 Stars

"[..], these are handsome additions to the Nørgård discography [..], fascinating creations."
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23/08/2016   MusicWeb International

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
"In vivid, well recorded sound, orchestral detail is sharp and defined."
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23/08/2016   MusicWeb International

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
"[..], Nørgård proving himself an alchemist and master of colour."
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01/08/2016   Classical Source

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
4/5 Stars

"Those who have been acquiring this Dacapo cycle can invest with confidence"
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01/08/2016   Classical Source

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
4/5 Stars

[..] "Dacapo’s disc is enhanced by SACD sound which opens out this music’s luminous intricacy as rarely before." [..]
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19/07/2016   AllMusic.com

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
[..] "the orchestra conveys the excitement of playing well at the limit of its abilities, and Storgårds catches many small details." [..]
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15/07/2016   Augsburger Allgemeine

Stimme aus dem Norden
4/5 Stars

"Musik voller Kraft und Individualität - ohne jeder groben Attacke zu bedürfen."
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04/07/2016   MusicWeb Inernational

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
[..] "The superb recording makes the most of Nørgård’s iridescent colours and transparent textures - both the CD and Super Audio layers sound magnificent - and Storgårds proves himself a steady guide. But it’s Nørgård’s knack of blending accessibility with substance that’s impressed me most. John Storgårds makes a strong case for these symphonies; the recording is among Dacapo’s best."
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01/07/2016   Tanz & Theater

Zyklus vollendet
"Das Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra spielt schlicht göttlich gut und die Raum akustik der SACDs ist dazu passend: einfach himmlisch."
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01/07/2016   Music Web International

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
[..] "Another triumph for John Storgårds and the Oslo Phil; spectacular sound, too."
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29/06/2016   Music Web

Symphony No. 4 (1981) [19:38] Symphony No. 5 (1987-1990, rev. 1991) [36:14]
"John Storgårds makes a strong case for these symphonies; the recording is among Dacapo’s best."
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22/06/2016   Gramophone EDITOR's CHOICE August 2016

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
[..] "The detail in the writing - articulation bestowed upon single instruments in the tiniest of gestures - is beguiling. So are these performances. Listening across the orchestra is vital in this music, just as in Sibelius. The Oslo Philharmonic sound settled at the foundations while suggesting spontaneity on the surface. Storgårds offers a touch more nimbleness and translucence than Sakari Oramo, who started this Dacapo cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic. The brass and percussion offer extreme restraint and delicacy. The Oslo string sound is tight but can be wholly embracing too."
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21/06/2016   Nordische Musik

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
6/6 Stars

"Es ist alles andere als einfach, komplexes Nørgårds Schaffen in wenigen Worten zu umreißen. Treffend sagt der Komponist selbst (über seine Achte): »Es ist eine Musik, bei der man sich an nichts festhalten kann. Man findet es auf dem Weg.«"
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16/06/2016   The Guardian

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
[..] "these four symphonies are utterly different from each other. [..] But of these four works, the Sixth Symphony (1999) is for me the most extraordinary. …this music constantly opens up new territory, spawning luminous fresh ideas right up to the closing bars. It creates an exhilarating, sometimes revelatory musical journey, but then what all these symphonies offer is unlike anything any other composer is writing today."
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16/06/2016   The Guardian

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
4/5 Stars

[..] "these four symphonies are utterly different from each other. [..] But of these four works, the Sixth Symphony (1999) is for me the most extraordinary. [..] this music constantly opens up new territory, spawning luminous fresh ideas right up to the closing bars. It creates an exhilarating, sometimes revelatory musical journey, but then what all these symphonies offer is unlike anything any other composer is writing today."
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08/06/2016   SWR2

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
"Die Einspielung nimmt ein für diesen Unbekannten, der, mit mehreren Grammys ausgezeichnet, in Skandinavien einer der Bekannten und ganz Großen ist."
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04/06/2016   BBC 3

Per Nørgård: Symfonier 2 & 6, 4 & 5
”Hugely irregular waves, intense irregular pulses as if they come from an unpredictable geyser or a bubbling sea of lava […] Nørgård dares go to the edge of the volcano with the awareness that he can face it. [...] The performance from Oslo Philharmonic and John Storgårds is absolutely gripping [...] the recording is a stunner, too, with tremendous impact and immediacy.”
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24/05/2016   Der Neue Merker

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
"Jede meiner Sinfonien ist ein Kontinent für sich" meinte der dänische Komponist Per Nørgård (geb. 1932). Seine Musik entspringt einem unstillbaren Drang, die Phänomene dieser Welt und die musikalischen Möglichkeiten zu erkunden. Seine acht Sinfonien markieren wie Meilensteine seinen Werdegang durch sechs Jahrzehnte. Diese Aufnahme mit der Osloer Philharmonie unter John Storgårds präsentiert Per Nørgårds Zweite Symphonie, in der der Komponist seine berühmtes “ Unendlichkeitsprinzip“ euphorisch, ja fast psychedelisch zur Geltung bringt und seine Sechste Symphonie, in der sich der gereifte.
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20/05/2016   Fyens Stiftstidende

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
6/6 Stars

"Sikke et spil dette fremragende orkester her yder på denne indspilning."
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20/05/2016   Fyens Stiftstidende

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
5/6 Stars

"[..] en stor lytte-oplevelse."
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18/05/2016   Kristeligt Dagblad

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
4/6 Stars

"[..] noget at gå på opdagelse i,[..]"
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09/05/2016   Politiken

Han har erobret kontinenter
6/6 Hjerter

"På vej mod de 84 står Per Nørgård badet i hæder og international anerkendelse. Komponistens symfonier er på niveau med forbilledet Sibelius' og vil med garanti blive spillet om 100 år."
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05/05/2016   David's Review Corner

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 4 & 5
[..]"All four works require an orchestra of outstanding quality which it finds in Oslo,"[..]"The sound quality is of exceptional clarity and spaciousness."
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05/05/2016   David's Review Corner

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 2 & 6
[..]"All four works require an orchestra of outstanding quality which it finds in Oslo,"[..], [..]"The sound quality is of exceptional clarity and spaciousness."
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02/05/2016   jcKlassisk

Til Per Nørgårds store fest
"Der er - ”når alt kommer til alt” - tale om et par fremragende cd’er både i den musikalske udfoldelse, som er imponerende og medrivende, og i den prægtige tekniske gengivelse. Der er så meget at gå på opdagelse i."
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02/05/2016   Klassisk

Nørgårds Symfoniske Verden Åbnet Op Igen
5/6 Stars

"På trods af, at symfonien er en tilstand, der er sig selv fra start til slut, lykkedes det rigtig smukt for Storgårds og de norske musikere at løfte nogle individuelle linjer op over tilstanden som insisterende udbrud og ren poesi."
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13/04/2016   Dagbladet

Samme hvor en snur seg i det nordiske landskapet, så ruver komponisten Per Nørgård
"Han meisler ut den musikalske formen og får den til å bære. En tendens er at kontrastene i hver av satsene og mellom dem har blitt mer markante. Men ellers er det ikke så mye felles ved dem, annet enn dette ene: de låter, alle som en, usvikelig som symfonier av Per Nørgård."
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11/04/2016   Vårt Land

Den kronisk nysgjerrige Per Nørgård
"Vi snakker om «magiske» krefter, det vil si Nørgård gjør det – musikk, ikke som en forvirrende­ mengde tilfeldigheter, kaos og uryddighet, men som bevisst sanseåpner. Oslo­­-filharmonikerne står for Nørgårds blå intensitet, dyrking av klanger lag på lag, tydelig i kantene, det vi sitter fremst på stolen for å hente inn i oss."
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Photo: Trygve Indrelid

Discography

Symphonies 4 & 5
Symphonies 4 & 5
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220646 (2016)

Symphonies 2 & 6
Symphonies 2 & 6
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220645 (2016)


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