Grieg: Holberg Suite, Melodies for String Orchestra

Grieg: Holberg Suite, Melodies for String Orchestra

by Oslo Camerata
     
 

While not the last word in elegance, these performances by the Oslo Camerata led by Stephan Barratt-Due of most but not all of Edvard Grieg's best-known string orchestra works are still quite beguiling. Their attack in the "Präludium" that opens the "Holberg Suite" is a little raw, and their rhythm in the "Rigaudon" that closes itSee more details below

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While not the last word in elegance, these performances by the Oslo Camerata led by Stephan Barratt-Due of most but not all of Edvard Grieg's best-known string orchestra works are still quite beguiling. Their attack in the "Präludium" that opens the "Holberg Suite" is a little raw, and their rhythm in the "Rigaudon" that closes it is a bit rough, but their depth of tone in the Sarabande, their lightness of touch in the Gavotte, and their profundity of feeling in the Air are more than compensation enough. And so it goes: the Camerata's sonorities in "The Last Spring" from the "Two Elegiac Melodies" are not altogether in tune, but the emotions go right to the core; the ensemble in "Peasant Dance" from "Two Nordic Melodies" is not absolutely together, but the enthusiasm is contagious. In addition to most of the usual selections from Grieg's string orchestra works, one inclusion is gratifying -- "The Death of Åse" from the incidental music to "Peer Gynt" -- while one omission is disappointing -- "Evening in the Mountains," the first of the two "Lyric Pieces." With a total playing time of a shade less than 52 minutes, the latter could surely have been included. Naxos' 2005 sound, however, is among its best: close, deep, warm, and so real you can occasionally hear the bows on the strings.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News - Scott Cantrell
[Grade: A-] There's real freshness to the performances, with the expressive suavity you'd expect only from a particularly fine conductor.... Lovely music, lovingly performed and vividly recorded.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2006
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313289028
catalogNumber:
8557890
Rank:
315294

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Tracks

  1. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40  - Edvard Grieg  - Stephan Barratt-Due
  2. Elegiac Melodies (2) for orchestra (or piano), Op. 34: No. 2: Våren (Last Spring)  - Edvard Grieg  - Stephan Barratt-Due
  3. Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano), Op. 53  - Edvard Grieg  - Stephan Barratt-Due
  4. Bedstemors menuet (Grandmother's Minuet), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/2  - Edvard Grieg  - Stephan Barratt-Due
  5. Elegiac Melodies (2) for orchestra (or piano), Op. 34: No. 1: Hjertesår (The Wounded Heart)  - Edvard Grieg  - Stephan Barratt-Due
  6. Nordic Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands), Op. 63  - Edvard Grieg  - Stephan Barratt-Due
  7. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46  - Edvard Grieg  - Stephan Barratt-Due

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