Rolf Wallin
Act · Das war schön! · Tides

Martin Grubinger, percussion
Kroumata Percussion Ensemble
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
John Axelrod, conductor
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor



Booklet with liner notes written by the composer, in English, German and French


October 2007 (Finland)
November 2007 (internationally)

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1118-2


Track listing

CD 60:27
Rolf Wallin (1957-)
1 Act (2003) 10:07
Das war schön! (2006) 24:25
2 I. M. Noir 6:37
3 II. Mon trés cher Pére 4:59
4 III. 3 x 3 0:50
5 IV. Es klinget... 5:22
6 V. Herr Stahr 6:33
7 Tides (1998) 25:56


La Clef

Press review

Powerful confirmation of a distinctive voice in Norwegian music.
Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone, June 2008

A wonderful and almost addictive disc.
Tobias Pfleger,, February 1, 2008, *****

Ce beau disque propose un portrait convainquant d'un compositeur dans l'air du temps : urbain et complexe à la fois.
Pierre-Jean Tribot,, 5.2.2008, La Clef

A new Norvegian Impressionism? Perhaps. (...) Terrific!
Partituren 14, January/February 2008

Wallin's music is spectacular in the good sense of the word. Sound events are staged in a mystical way and with such a plastic vitality, that it seizes your guts.
Julia Schölzel, Bayern 4 Klassik, December 22, 2007

Act, from 2003, is a wonderfully tangled study in orchestral acceleration, full of scorching detail and driven by a visceral force.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, November 16, 2007

Complete description

"Act" is the première album on Ondine of Norvegian composer Rolf Wallin - one of Scandinavia's leading composers and a figure of increasingly international renown who celebrated his 50th birthday in 2007. The world première recordings of three of his works feature the world-class Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of respectively Jaap van Zweden (1), John Axelrod (2-6) and music director Jukka-Pekka Saraste (7).

Commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra, Act (2003) "is a piece about speed, about the joy of activity, and, above all, about the power of acting together." The CD booklet notes reveal what inspired Rolf Wallin to write this piece, "the symphonic orchestra is for me one the most amazing examples of human collaboration. A large orchestra consists of around 100 extremely skilled and highly individual musicians, acting together as one enormous, resounding organism, transforming the stiff lines and dots of the score into living and moving, yet ephemeral cathedrals of sound." The British Guardian described Act as "a wonderfully tangled study in orchestral acceleration, full of scorching details and driven by a visceral force." (Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 16 November 2007)

A project of the Vienna Mozart Year 2006, the five-movement percussion concerto Das war schön! (2006) ("that was nice!" - a comment taken from W.A. Mozart's diary) focuses on different musical and biographical sides of the picture of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The three middle movements are composed on the basis of musical excerpts from his oeuvre. This recording features the works dedicatee, young Austrian percussion star Martin Grubinger (born 1983) who was recipient of the "Bernstein Award" at the 2007 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and chosen "Rising Artist 2007/08" by the European Concert Halls Organisation.

A commission by the performing Swedish Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Tides (1998) is a piece written for six percussionists and orchestra. "The soloists, not the orchestra, carry the whole form of the piece, a strictly calculated philigrane of waves, expanding and diminishing in the course of three large 'tides'." (Rolf Wallin)