String Quartet No.2 in G Major, Op.18
“Iver Holter's Second String Quartet appeared in 1914. Concisely written and easy to follow, it is a work that is sure to win friends. The first movement, Allegro molto, clearly reveals the composer to have a true musical nature, a feel for lyrical melody and the ability to write well for each instrument. The second movement, a deeply felt Poco adagio, has a folkish song-like quality. The fiery, heavily rhythmic scherzo, Appassionato ma non troppo allegro, which comes next makes an immediate impression. The middle section, which sounds a bit of bagpipes, makes a pretty contrast. The highly effective finale, Allegro vivace, begins with a short lento introduction. The powerful march-like main theme leads to a brillant coda."---the famous critic Wilhelm Altmann, writing in his Handbook for String Quartet Players.
Iver Holter (1850-1941) was born in the Norwegian town of Gausdal. As a boy he was given violin lessons. Formal lessons began with Johan Svendsen and he then entered the Leipzig Conservatory where he studied with Carl Reinecke and Salomon Jadassohn. After graduating, he pursued a dual career as a conductor and composer. He succeeded Edvard Grieg as conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic and later served as music director and conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic. Holter composed piano music, songs and choral music, a symphony, two string quartets, and several instrumental works. Generally, his music does not display as much Norwegian flavor as that of either Grieg or Svendsen
Out of print for a very long, we are pleased to reintroduce a fine work which can be recommended to both professionals and amateurs alike.