Friday 3 November 2023

Fairy Tales: Elisabeth Turmo and Elena Toponogova explore lesser-known Norwegian and Russian repertoire

Norwegian violinist Elisabeth Turmo and her duo-partner Elena Toponogova are releasing a new disc on the Quartz label, Fairy Tales, featuring a range of rarely performed fairy-tale-inspired pieces by Norwegian and Russian composers. The two are launching the disc at the 1910 Arts Club on 16 November 2023 [further details] when they will be performing music from the album. The Norwegian and Russian repertoire represents the interests of the two performers and means that Turmo will not just be playing the violin but also the Hardanger fiddle, Norway's national instrument.

The disc features Norwegian music by Ole Bull (1810-1880), Johan Halvorsen (1864-1965), Trygve Madsen (born 1940), and Anders Viken (1898-1977) mixing classical repertoire with that of folk fiddlers. The interest of the Russian strand must inevitably centre two pieces by Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) based on Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade, but there is also the Fantasy on themes from Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Golden Cockerel by Efrem Zimbalist (1889-1985), a Russian composer who fled the country and made a big career in the USA and whose son, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, was a well-known actor in the TV series, 77 Sunset Strip! There is also music by Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) and Igor Frolov (1937-2013).

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