Tagged: Melinda Bargreen

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Death cleaning

Scandinavia’s answer to KonMari Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. We busy and overstressed Americans have increasingly turned to Scandinavia in recent years for advice on how to live a better and happier life. Books like...

Symphonic Dances

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra recording takes a musical journey through the cultures of area locals Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. Norway’s best-known composers, including Edvard Grieg and Johan Halvorsen, have often turned to folk music as...

Cover of "Nørth."

Book Review: “Nørth”

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. After the avalanche of recent books on how everything is better in Scandinavia, some of us may be feeling a certain angst: Are we really Nordic enough? Do our homes...

Cover of "Last Leaf" album.

CD review: “Last Leaf” is fresh

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. This is the recording you’ve been looking for: fresh, gorgeous, and unmistakably Nordic. The Danish String Quartet, famous for unusual programming and folk influences as well as unimpeachable technical chops,...

Book review: “They Sang for Norway”

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. Two Norwegian brothers from the so-called Red County of Nord-Trøndelag took two different directions with their lives: One stayed in Norway, organizing guerrilla forces in his country’s struggle for independence...

The soul of the north

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. This enormously entertaining, fact-jammed, and digressive tome about two millennia of Scandinavian history and culture starts out in a most unexpected way. It’s 1969, and the author and his buddy—mostly...

The many sounds of Trygve Seim

Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. Norway has emerged in recent years as a hotbed of musical creativity, cross-threading all kinds of classical, jazz, and folk elements into completely new forms. One artist is a particularly...