Grieg: Lyric Pieces

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The third volume in Balázs Szokolay's complete series of the "Lyric Pieces for piano" offers a representative sampling from the ten sets Grieg published between 1867 and 1901. Listeners unacquainted with these picturesque miniatures may be struck immediately by their sentimentality and almost naïve simplicity, features that contributed greatly to their easy acceptance as salon pieces. By paying close attention to their harmonic subtleties and idiosyncratic forms, however, one may also detect the strong influence of Schumann, particularly in such quirky examples as "Det var engang" Once Upon a Time and "Bestemors menuet" Grandmother's Minuet. Most of these pieces could ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The third volume in Balázs Szokolay's complete series of the "Lyric Pieces for piano" offers a representative sampling from the ten sets Grieg published between 1867 and 1901. Listeners unacquainted with these picturesque miniatures may be struck immediately by their sentimentality and almost naïve simplicity, features that contributed greatly to their easy acceptance as salon pieces. By paying close attention to their harmonic subtleties and idiosyncratic forms, however, one may also detect the strong influence of Schumann, particularly in such quirky examples as "Det var engang" Once Upon a Time and "Bestemors menuet" Grandmother's Minuet. Most of these pieces could be considered reveries, such as "Bådnlåt" At the Cradle and "Heimweh" Homesickness, though there are occasional displays of fireworks, as heard in the Scherzo and "Tungsind" Melancholy, or lighthearted energy, as in the "Fransk serenade" and "Hjemad" Homeward. While the "Lyric Pieces" are not Grieg's most ambitious compositions, their modest scale provided the composer many opportunities for charming, intimate expression. Szokolay honestly expresses the romanticism of these poetic works, yet his meticulous playing and spare use of rubato prevents the music from seeming saccharine or languid. The recorded sound is fairly close to the performer, adding substantially to the the music's private quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/1994
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099565028
  • Catalog Number: 550650

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Arietta, lyric piece for piano, Op. 12/1 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (1:08)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  2. 2 Springtanz (Spring Dance), lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/5 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (1:20)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  3. 3 Gjætergut (Shepherd Boy), lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/1 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (3:49)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  4. 4 Geheimniss (Secret), lyric piece for piano, Op. 57/4 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (4:09)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  5. 5 Baekken (Brooklet), lyric piece for piano, Op. 62/4 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (1:30)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  6. 6 Det var engang (Once upon a time), lyric piece for piano, Op. 71/1 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (3:31)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  7. 7 Salon, lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/4 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (2:15)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  8. 8 Fra ungdomsdagene (From Early Years), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/1 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (4:37)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  9. 9 Bedstemors menuet (Grandmother's Minuet), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/2 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (2:11)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  10. 10 Aften på højfjeldet (Evening in the Mountains), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/4 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (2:43)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  11. 11 Nocturne, lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/4 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (3:00)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  12. 12 Scherzo, lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/5 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (3:15)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  13. 13 Bådnlåt (At the Cradle), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/5 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (2:46)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  14. 14 Fransk serenade (French Serenade), lyric piece for piano, Op. 62/3 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (2:10)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  15. 15 Heimweh (Homesickness), lyric piece for piano, Op. 57/6 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (3:47)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  16. 16 Bondens sang (Peasant's Song), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/2 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (1:36)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  17. 17 Norsk (Norwegian Melody), lyric piece for piano, Op. 12/6 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (0:57)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  18. 18 Tungsind (Melancholy), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/3 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (3:37)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  19. 19 Hjemad (Homeward), lyric piece for piano, Op. 62/6 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (2:43)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
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Balázs Szokolay Primary Artist
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