Annbjørg Lien Felefeber (Norwegian Fiddle Fantasia)
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- Released: May 23, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Shanachie
Jazziz - 10/95, p.45"...this is a relaxed album with no fast dance tunes or dazzling displays of hot licks. Instead there are thoughtful arrangements with Lien accompanied by guitar, mandolin, flute, and/or church organ..."
- 1.The Water Lily
- 2.Halling After Ola Mosafinn
- 3.Springar After Kristiane Lund
- 4.Fiddle Fever / Fiddlemania
- 5.The Battle of the Drones
- 6.The Lost Sheep
- 7.The Plucked Halling
- 8.The Moose Hunter
- 9.A Little Child
- 11.The Nordfjord Halling
- 12.The Hildale Man
- 14.The Miller Boy's Bridal March
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel includes: Annbjorg Lien (fiddle).
Recorded in 1994.
The first album that Annbjorg Lien released after her attention-getting appearance on The Sweet Sunny North is a virtuoso performance from start to finish. Norwegian fiddling is less fast and flashy than Celtic or Appalachian styles, concentrating on delicate nunaces of tone rather than lightning-fast runs, and Annbjorg pulled out a set of beautiful and meditative pieces for this release. Her original compositions are arrestingly lovely, with the sleepy sounding title track sounding a bit like a Scottish lament played by a playful and creative pair of musicians. Elsewhere she plays solemn traditional hymns and sprightly folk tunes with vaguely Eastern European sounding time changes. The standout track is "The Plucked Halling," a musical tribute to a virtuoso fiddler who was renowned for his mastery of technically challenging tunes. This track quite appropriately strings together over a dozen different melodies in quick succession, and does it with a stately grace that is amazing to hear. Felefeber was a splendid breakout album, and a perfectly balanced and expertly played work that arrived just when it would be most noticed. ~ Richard Foss
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