Concert performance of Irgens-Jensen's grand work about Holy Olav.
Ludvig Irgens-Jensen’s Heimferd ('going home') has been described as Norway’s national oratorio and a musical national monument. This grand production is for seven soloists, a large choir and an orchestra. It was written in 1930, for the 900-year anniversary of the death of Olaf the Holy and the spreading of Christianity in Norway.
Heimferd is also called “The Olaf-oratorio”, and tells the story of Olaf’s struggle for the rule of Norway and for spreading the Christian faith. Irgens-Jensen called the piece a “dramatic symphony”, which hints at how the music is composed of individual scenes which are a part of a bigger picture.
Irgens-Jensen was inspired by the great romantic composers, like Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms, and uses musical leitmotifs to characterise the king, the enemy and the sun. By using old keys from church music, Irgens-Jensen’s piece makes ties to both medieval church music and Norwegian folk tunes.
Performed in Norwegian, with English and Norwegian subtitles.
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