Grieg: Olav Trygason; Orchestral Songs

Grieg: Olav Trygason; Orchestral Songs

by Ole Kristian Ruud
     
 

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Ole Kristian Ruud's distinguished series of recordings of the orchestral works of Grieg is augmented here with a disc containing the opera fragment "Olav Trygvason," the dramatic scene "At the Cloister Gate," plus seven songs for orchestra. With the participation of four different vocal soloists, three different choirs, and the See more details below

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Ole Kristian Ruud's distinguished series of recordings of the orchestral works of Grieg is augmented here with a disc containing the opera fragment "Olav Trygvason," the dramatic scene "At the Cloister Gate," plus seven songs for orchestra. With the participation of four different vocal soloists, three different choirs, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ruud turns in wholly idiomatic, enormously effective, and hugely enjoyable performances of mostly little-known Grieg. The three extended scenes from "Olav" contain the most impressive music here, music full of the dramatic fury yet formally totally controlled. The setting of "At the Cloister Gate" provides the most surprising music here, music full of almost hysterical emotional moments unlike anything else in Grieg's music, but still, like all ofGrieg's best music, consummately and sublimely lyrical. The six songs for soprano with orchestra include the best-known music with two pieces taken from the "Peer Gynt" incidental music -- the achingly beautiful "Solveig's Song" and "Solveig's Cradle Song" -- plus the perennially popular and unendingly poignant "Last Spring." The final brief number, the song "In the Hills" in an arrangement by fellow composer Johan Halvorsen, serves in context as a charming almost-encore. Of the soloists, the most notable are the two sopranos: Marita Solberg, whose smooth, warm, and supple voice aptly suits the six songs, and Solveig Kringelborn, whose passionate yet nuanced performance of "At the Cloister Gate" so appropriately matches the music and text. Of the choruses, the women of the Voci Nobili are especially salutary in their portrayal of a choir of nuns at the end of "At the Cloister Gate." BIS' super-audio digital sound is -- if such a thing were possible -- even clearer, cleaner, deeper, and more detailed than its digital sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599915319
catalogNumber:
1531
Rank:
346915

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  1. Olav Trygvason, opera, Op. 50 (incomplete): Scene 1  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson  - William Jewson  - Solveig Kringelborn  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  -  KorVest  - Håkon Matti Skrede  -  Bergen Philharmonic Choir  - Trond Halstein Moe
  2. Olav Trygvason, opera, Op. 50 (incomplete): Scene 2  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson  - William Jewson  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  - Ingebjørg Kosmo  -  KorVest  - Håkon Matti Skrede  -  Bergen Philharmonic Choir  - Trond Halstein Moe
  3. Olav Trygvason, opera, Op. 50 (incomplete): Scene 3  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson  - William Jewson  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  -  KorVest  - Håkon Matti Skrede  -  Bergen Philharmonic Choir  - Trond Halstein Moe
  4. Foran Sydens kloster (Before a Southern Convent), for soprano, alto, female chorus & orchestra, Op. 20  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson  - Edmund Gosse  - William Jewson  - Solveig Kringelborn  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  - Ingebjørg Kosmo  - Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo  -  Voci Nobili
  5. Solveigs Sang (Solveig's Song), song for voice & orchestra, EG 177a  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - Henrik Ibsen  - William Jewson  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  - Marita Solberg
  6. Solveigs Vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song), song for voice & orchestra, EG 177b  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - Henrik Ibsen  - William Jewson  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  - Marita Solberg
  7. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio), song for voice & piano, Op. 39/1  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson  - William Jewson  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  - Marita Solberg
  8. En Svane (A Swan), song for voice & piano, Op. 25/2  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - Henrik Ibsen  - William Jewson  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  - Marita Solberg
  9. Våren (Last Spring), song for voice & piano, Op. 33/2  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - William Jewson  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Aasmund Olavsson Vinje  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  - Marita Solberg
  10. Henrik Wergeland, song for voice & piano, Op. 58/3  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - William Jewson  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - John Paulsen  - Robert Suff  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  - Marita Solberg
  11. Ved Rondane (At Rondane), song for voice & piano, Op. 33/9  - Edvard Grieg  -  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra  - William Jewson  - Arlette Lemieux-Chené  - Robert Suff  - Aasmund Olavsson Vinje  - Ole Kristian Ruud  - Alix Dryden  - Anke Budweg  - Marita Solberg

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