Grieg: Norwegian Dances; Ballade; Slåtter

Grieg: Norwegian Dances; Ballade; Slåtter

by Bjarte Engeset
     
 

Not for the casual Grieg fan for whom the "Piano Concerto" and the "Peer Gynt Suites" will do, but rather for the hardest of hardcore Grieg fans for whom only everything and more will do, this disc of the Norwegian master's piano music in orchestral transcriptions with Bjarte Engeset leading Royal Scottish National Orchestra is as good as itSee more details below

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Not for the casual Grieg fan for whom the "Piano Concerto" and the "Peer Gynt Suites" will do, but rather for the hardest of hardcore Grieg fans for whom only everything and more will do, this disc of the Norwegian master's piano music in orchestral transcriptions with Bjarte Engeset leading Royal Scottish National Orchestra is as good as it gets for what it is. Engeset is a strong yet soulful Grieg conductor who, like every great Grieg conductor, brings out the music's bright colors, its warm lyricism, and above all its deep sentimentality. The RSNO is an agile yet powerful orchestra, which, like every great orchestra of international caliber, performs with effortless ensemble and endless virtuosity. And although to the casual Grieg fan the idea of spending time listening to Johan Halvorsen's arrangements of the "Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak" and "The Bridal Procession Passes By" might not appeal, the hardest of the hardcore will leap at the opportunity to hear those works along with the more familiar orchestration of the "Norwegian Dances" by Hans Sitt, the hardly familiar orchestration of "Ringing Bells" by Grieg and Anton Seidl, the world-premiere recordings of Oistein Sommerfeldt's orchestrations of three of the Slatter, and modernist Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt's orchestration of the composer's longest single-movement piano piece, the "Ballade." Typically for RSNO recordings, Naxos' digital sound from Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow is rich, deep, and honest.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313285426
catalogNumber:
8557854
Rank:
222344

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Tracks

  1. Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances) (17) for piano, Op. 72: No. 8: Bruremarsj (etter Myllarguten) (Wedding Mar  - Edvard Grieg  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  2. Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances) (17) for piano, Op. 72: No. 4: Haugelåt - Halling (Halling from The Fairy  - Edvard Grieg  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  3. Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances) (17) for piano, Op. 72: No. 2: John Væstafæs Springdans (Jon Vestafe's Spr  - Edvard Grieg  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  4. Norwegian Dances (4) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 35  - Edvard Grieg  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  5. Stimmungen (Moods) (7) for piano, Op. 73  - Edvard Grieg  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  6. Brudefølget drager forbi (Bridal Procession), for piano (or piano, 4 hands)(Scenes from Folk Life No. 2), Op. 19/2  - Edvard Grieg  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  7. Ballade for piano in G minor ("In the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Melody"), Op. 24  - Edvard Grieg  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup
  8. Klokkeklang (Bell Ringing), lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/6  - Edvard Grieg  - Edvard Grieg  - Bjarte Engeset  - Nikolai Astrup

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