The recordings on this page are carefully selected to bring you the finest examples of traditional Hardanger fiddle music available.
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AmeriKappleik Live! is a two-CD set of the best of AmeriKappleik. This CD includes performances from Hauk Buen, Leif Rygg, Vidar Lande, Torgeir Straand and others, as well as new compositions for the Hardanger fiddle. This CD can be ordered here using PayPal (credit cards accepted). Price $20 (members & non-members) [MU-AK1].
Fire of the Amazons (Skjoldmøyslaget)
You can start to gauge Hallvard Bjørgum's celebrity in Setesdal when you see displays of this recording next to the check-out stands in the grocery stores. This is the most important collection of Setesdal folk music on one CD. Most of the tunes are played by Hallvard Bjørgum, considered by some to be the best living hardingfele player. There are also tracks played by Torleiv, Hallvard's father (1921-1990) and a master in his own right, on the ordinary fiddle in hardingfele style (a specialty in Setesdal), and some jaw harp and stev-singing. Winner of the Spelemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy award) in 1990. CD [SYLVCD2] [This title is currently out of stock.]
Feletona oppunde Bitihodn (Fiddle Tones on Bitihodn Mountain)
Håvards draum (Håvard's Dream)
Typically polished, and at the same time subtle, performances by Knut Buen of slåttar handed down from Håvard Giboen (1809-1873). The B side contains some particularly spooky pieces in remote tunings. The liner notes are in Norwegian and English. CD [BKCD3].
Fykerud'n (Fykerud's Tune)
Knut and Hauk take turns performing selections, including romantic listening tunes, springars, and gangars from the repertory of Lars Fykerud (1860-1902), one of Telemark's greatest players. 27 tunes. Time: 75 min. Detailed, informative liner notes in Norwegian and English with photos. CD [BKCD4]
Myllargutens minne (In Memory of Myllarguten)
This CD contains 27 tunes by Myllarguten, in masterful recordings. The performers, Hauk and Knut Buen, are, in the opinion of many, the finest players in the Telemark tradition today. Hauk was the featured master teacher at the 1997, 2006 and 2009 HFAA Workshops. The recording quality is excellent. The CD is not intended to be used for dance; there is no foot-tromping audible. But those who can dance to the rhythm of the fiddle itself will find numerous powerful dance tunes here. There is a short booklet with the CD, in both Norwegian and English, describing Myllarguten's life, his teachers, his connection with the violinist Ole Bull, and the fiddlers who passed his tunes down to the present. CD [BKCD2].
Spel til dans (Playing for Dancing)
This CD is a compilation of the best of the four-cassette Spel til dans series from Knut and Hauk. This is classic Telemark springar and gangar for dancing, with energetic performances and a steady foot-tapping rhythm. 24 tunes. Time: 74 min. Liner notes in Norwegian, with photos. CD [BKCD10]. [This title is currently out of stock.]
Sigmund Eikås is the star fiddler of the Sunnfjord area of Western Norway and the best player of the Jølster springar. This recording includes 22 springar, rull, and halling tunes, of which ten are played live for dancers. CD [HCD7101]
Fargespel (Playing in Colors)
Knut Hamre from Hardanger in Western Norway has won the Landskappleik more than any other fiddler in recent times. This CD features 23 of his best springar, rull, and listening tunes. The booklet is in both Norwegian and English. CD [HCD7092]
The Hallingdal style is fast and intricate, and the dancing passionate and sometimes dangerous. You can hear dancers pounding the floor in these recordings while the performers play three pieces in duet and the others solo. This recording pairs the great master fiddler Myro and his then gifted student Brabandt. A great dance tape.[This title is currently unavailable.]
Sigbjørn Osa (1910-1990) was a master of both the violin and the hardingfele. He was charm itself on the stage, and toured widely as " Norway's musical ambassador to the world." The selections on this CD are primarily gamaldans tunes — waltzes, reinlenders, and so on — rather than the older bygdedans music-springar, gangar, etc. But what waltzes! And there are reinlenders, hambos and mazurkas to match. The album also includes his famous Bjølleslåtten ("The Bell Tune"), and Halvorsen's Fanitullen ("The Devil's Tune") for hardingfele and symphony orchestra. About two-thirds of the tunes on this CD feature the hardingfele accompanied by guitar and bass or by a larger ensemble. CD [BKCD1].
Haugelåt (The Tune from the Mound)
Olav Øyaland is the greatest living master of the Tinn style and the inheritor of the tradition of Knut Dahle via his grandson Johannes. Tinn is tucked in a remote corner of northern Telemark. Olav's playing is filled with haunting, antique scales, intricate ornamentation, and an incisive rhythm that few today come close to matching. 28 tunes. Time: 73 min. CD [BKCD9].[This title is currently unavailable.]
Leif Rygg, the featured instructor at the 1998 HFAA Workshop, is one of the greatest living players and is a multiple winner of the Landskappleik, the Norwegian national fiddling championship. This recording demonstrates his total mastery of the style of his home area of Voss in the Western fjord-region of Norway-Vestlandet. He plays a variety of springar, rull, and listening tunes, mostly unaccompanied, where the gorgeous, bell-like sound of his hardingfele can ring out without hindrance. CD [SFCD1].[This title is currently unavailable.]
Heimlengt (Longing for Home)
Hardingfele music from one of the greatest masters of the Voss style. Lars Skjervheim was the teacher and inspiration for most of the younger fiddlers from his area of Western Norway, including Leif Rygg. Lars is joined on four tunes by Leif and Håkon Høgemo on hardingfele, Olav Steffen Eide on accordion and Hans Christian Holm on bass. 20 tunes. Time: 54 min. Liner notes in Norwegian, with photos. CD [BKCD13].[This title is currently out of stock.]
Jens A. Myro's electrifying dance fiddling is filled with raw energy, and the razor-sharp rhythms are matched by few if any today. This retrospective includes 22 of his best hallingspringar and laus (halling) recordings from a long career as Hallingdal's best dance fiddler. Six of the cuts are recorded while playing live for dancing. CD [HCD7130].
Nottespel 2: Fjelltrampen. Knut Buen spelar til dans med Småjondølane og Telemark (Night Music 2: Fjelltrampen. Knut Buen plays for dancing with Småjondølane and Telemark Experience)
Knut Buen displays his total mastery of traditional Telemark-style dance fiddling. Recorded live during dance parties and teaching sessions with Karin Brennesvik's Småjondølane dance troupe and attendees of her Telemark Experience dance week, the recordings capture the excitement of the springar, with sounds of dancers and the stamping of the fiddler's feet. Knut shows his creative and improvisatory powers at full force; six of the 19 telespringar and telegangar cuts are Knut's famous medleys or "mixes" of tunes. Notes in Norwegian and English, 70 min. 23 sec. CD [BKCD20].
Slåttar / Tunes in the Tradition of Eivind D. Aakhus
Vidar Lande, master teacher at the 1999, 2000, and 2003 HFAA Annual Workshops, is not only a superb player and teacher but also possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the hardingfele tradition. Vidar presents 35 tunes from the repertory of the great Setesdal tradition bearer Eivind Aakhus, about one-third of Aakhus' known repertory, and includes extensive liner notes in English and Norwegian. Includes gamaldans (waltz and reinlender) tunes that Aakhus learned in Minnesota as well as old traditional setesdalgangar tunes, played by Vidar on hardingfele, regular violin, and Setesdal fiddle (a fiddle with sympathetic strings, unique to Setesdal). CD [VLCD0193].
Norafjells: Slåttar / Tunes in the Tradition of Hallvard S. Rysstad
Vidar Lande presents 34 tunes from the repertory of another major Setesdal tradition bearer. On this excellent CD Vidar attempts to present the tunes as closely as possible in the style in which Rysstad originally played them. Like Aakhus, Rysstad also spent time in America and learned many tunes from Sam Sorenson (1870-1947) from Bygland, Minnesota. Rysstad was also greatly influenced by Telemark- and Valdres-style hardingfele technique and introduced many elements from these styles into his playing. Contains a short English summary of the extensive Norwegian text. CD [VLCD0295].[This title is currently out of stock.]
Håkon Høgemo, two-time winner of the Landskappleik and teacher at the 2000 HFAA Workshops, is a thoroughly traditional player with a gorgeous tone and impeccable interpretations of traditional tunes from his home area of Sogn and from Voss and Hardanger to the south. Solo is a technically superb recording, and includes many standards of the Vestlandet repertory, including Hei so dansa jento mi after Sjur Hesjevoll of Jostedal, Vetlebulken after Anders Kjerland, and Havbrusen and Nøringen after Lars Skjervheim. Also included are a few lesser-known tunes from fiddlers such as Anders Nedreli of Jostedal and Sjur Eldegard of Årdal. All of the tunes are performed alone by Høgemo except for two, which feature two hardingfeler playing in harmony. CD [NORD0036].[This title is currently out of stock.]
Knut, twice a Hardanger fiddle champion, is from Nore in Numedal. He later moved to Telemark and he now lives in Hallingdal.CD [BFCD1010]
A double CD of the music of Odd Bakkerud (1931-1989), most recorded between 1959 and 1971 by Norwegian national radio (a few were from private tapes or recorded live at competitions). The material is chiefly springars and halling-tunes from Hallingdal, but the second CD also includes some pieces from Telemark, Numedal and Valdres. CD [TA16CD]