Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2; Lyric Suite; Piano Concerto

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Vernon Handley's 1986 and 1989 recordings of Grieg with the Ulster Orchestra were not particularly well regarded in their time. But then, most of Handley's recordings were not particularly well regarded in their time. But, then, their time was the early years of digital, the years when hard, glassy, and very loud sound was king. Even in Handley's best performances of the period -- one thinks immediately of his Vaughan Williams' "Sixth" and Elgar "Symphony No. 2" -- one had to listen through the sound to get to the performances beneath. But the sheer physical effort involved in listening through hard, glassy, and very loud sound made any victory Pyrrhic. In this splendidly...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Vernon Handley's 1986 and 1989 recordings of Grieg with the Ulster Orchestra were not particularly well regarded in their time. But then, most of Handley's recordings were not particularly well regarded in their time. But, then, their time was the early years of digital, the years when hard, glassy, and very loud sound was king. Even in Handley's best performances of the period -- one thinks immediately of his Vaughan Williams' "Sixth" and Elgar "Symphony No. 2" -- one had to listen through the sound to get to the performances beneath. But the sheer physical effort involved in listening through hard, glassy, and very loud sound made any victory Pyrrhic. In this splendidly remastered 24-bit recording, Handley and the Ulster's performances are granted clear, clean, and very, very loud sound. The clear and clean part only helps one hear how really beautiful Handley's performances were. What was once hard is now rich and full and what was once glassy is now brilliant and voluptuous. Handley's interpretations are old-school British with stiff-upper-lip-but-a-tear-in-the-eye performances; imagine a less emotional Barbirolli or an ever-so-slightly more emotional Boult. All of it is grand: the British have always revered Grieg's robust sentimentality and Handley and the Ulster proudly uphold the tradition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115117521
  • Catalog Number: 10175
  • Sales rank: 344,331

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46 - Edvard Grieg & Vernon Handley (14:39)
  2. 5–8 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55 - Edvard Grieg & Vernon Handley (16:42)
  3. 9–12 Lyric Suite for orchestra (orchestration of Op. 54) - Edvard Grieg & Vernon Handley (15:26)
  4. 13–15 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - Edvard Grieg & Vernon Handley (31:17)
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Performance Credits
Margaret Fingerhut Primary Artist
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