Grieg: Butterflies and Illusions

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
The question you have to ask yourself when confronted with this disc called Butterflies and Illusions, a collection of accordion arrangements of works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, isn't how much do you like the concept -- the "March of the Trolls" played on the accordion is inevitably going to sound like the "March of the Trolls" played on the accordion -- the question is how well the concept is executed. When the accordion player is Japanese virtuoso Mie Miki, the answer is brilliantly, with panache and aplomb. However you feel about the concept of Grieg on the accordion, you would have to be deaf not to hear the poetry in Miki's "Little Bird" from "Lyric Pieces ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
The question you have to ask yourself when confronted with this disc called Butterflies and Illusions, a collection of accordion arrangements of works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, isn't how much do you like the concept -- the "March of the Trolls" played on the accordion is inevitably going to sound like the "March of the Trolls" played on the accordion -- the question is how well the concept is executed. When the accordion player is Japanese virtuoso Mie Miki, the answer is brilliantly, with panache and aplomb. However you feel about the concept of Grieg on the accordion, you would have to be deaf not to hear the poetry in Miki's "Little Bird" from "Lyric Pieces III," the charm in her "Grandmother's Minuet" from "Lyric Pieces IX," the atmosphere in her "Spring Dance" from "25 Norwegian Folk-Songs and Dances," and the daredevil recklessness in her "Puck" from "Lyric Pieces X." And whether or not you come to prefer the doleful "The Death of Ase" from "Peer Gynt" on the accordion to the orchestral original, you will have admit that Miki makes the arrangement work better than you could possibly have imagined. BIS' 2007 digital sound is clean enough, but perhaps too recessed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318590016299
  • Catalog Number: 1629
  • Sales rank: 266,355

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Anitra's Dance - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (3:07)
  2. 2 Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12: 6. Norwegian (Norsk) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (0:53)
  3. 3 Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12: 2. Waltz (Vals) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:43)
  4. 4 Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12: 3. Watchman's Song (Vektersang) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (2:47)
  5. 5 Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12: 4. Fairy Dance (Alfedans) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (0:38)
  6. 6 Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12: 7. Album Leaf (Albumblad) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:26)
  7. 7 Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12: 8. National Song (Fedrelandssang) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:46)
  8. 8 Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 2, Op. 38: 2. Folk-song (Folkevise) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:39)
  9. 9 Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 2, Op. 38: 7. Waltz (Vals) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:06)
  10. 10 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: 1. Butterfly (Sommerfugl) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:19)
  11. 11 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: 2. Solitary Traveller (Ensom vandrer) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (2:04)
  12. 12 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: 3. In my Native Country (I hjemmet) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (2:04)
  13. 13 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: 4. Little Bird (Småfugl) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (2:21)
  14. 14 Lyric Pieces (7) for piano, Book 4, Op. 47: 4. Halling - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:32)
  15. 15 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 54: 3. March of the Dwarfs (Trolltog) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (3:05)
  16. 16 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 6, Op. 57: 3. Illusion (Illusjon) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (3:11)
  17. 17 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 6, Op. 57: 4. Secret (Hemmelighet) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (5:04)
  18. 18 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 6, Op. 57: 6. Homesickness (Hjemve) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (4:41)
  19. 19 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances (25) for piano, Op. 17: 1. Springdans - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (2:14)
  20. 20 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances (25) for piano, Op. 17: 2. The Swain (Ungersvennen) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (0:51)
  21. 21 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances (25) for piano, Op. 17: 6. Wedding Tune (Brurelåt) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:47)
  22. 22 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 7, Op. 62: 2. Gratitude (Takk) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (4:03)
  23. 23 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 65: 2. Peasant's Song (Bondens sang) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:36)
  24. 24 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 65: 5. Ballad (I balladetone) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (3:34)
  25. 25 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 9, Op. 68: 2. Grandmother's Minuet (Bestemors menuett) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:55)
  26. 26 Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 9, Op. 68: 5. At the Cradle (Bådnlåt) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (3:06)
  27. 27 Lyric Pieces (7) for piano, Book 10, Op. 71: 1. Once Upon a Time (Det var engang) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (4:15)
  28. 28 Lyric Pieces (7) for piano, Book 10, Op. 71: 3. Puck (Småtroll) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (1:43)
  29. 29 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46: The Death of Åse (Aases død) - Edvard Grieg & Mie Miki (4:35)
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