Grieg: Piano Music, Vol. 12

Grieg: Piano Music, Vol. 12

by Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
     
 

Einar Steen-N�kleberg has recorded 14 volumes of Edvard Grieg's piano music for Naxos, of which this is the 12th in the series. Aside from "Peer Gynt" and the selections from "Sigurd Jorsalfar," little of this music may be familiar. The first half of the program is devoted to early pieces and the Agitato, the "Norwegian Dances," and the "Waltz-Caprices" may strike… See more details below

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Einar Steen-N�kleberg has recorded 14 volumes of Edvard Grieg's piano music for Naxos, of which this is the 12th in the series. Aside from "Peer Gynt" and the selections from "Sigurd Jorsalfar," little of this music may be familiar. The first half of the program is devoted to early pieces and the Agitato, the "Norwegian Dances," and the "Waltz-Caprices" may strike listeners as respectable salon fare competently written for the piano but of scant originality beyond a few harmonic innovations. Grieg's flashy transcription of Johan Halvorsen's "Entry March of the Boyars" is modestly appealing, but little of Grieg's personality is evident in this showpiece. The piano version of "Peer Gynt" provides the substance and character lacking in the previous works. This is immediately apparent in the "Death of �se" and "Solveig's Song," evocative pieces that are effective in their simplicity. The appearance of the Chamber Choir of the Norwegian State Institute of Music in the "Arabian Dance" makes this number a pleasant diversion. The three pieces from "Sigurd Jorsalfar" are better known in the original version for orchestra, but still carry a heroic power in this sturdy piano reduction. Steen-N�kleberg's performances are highly colored and vigorous, and his consistent energy throughout the program goes far in sustaining interest.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/1996
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099439824
catalogNumber:
8553398
Rank:
301754

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Tracks

  1. Agitato for piano, EG 106  - Edvard Grieg  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  2. Norwegian Dances (4) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 35  - Edvard Grieg  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  3. Album Leaf for piano, EG 109  - Edvard Grieg  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  4. Waltz-Caprices (2) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 37  - Edvard Grieg  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  5. Entry March of the Boyars for orchestra  - Johan Halvorsen  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  6. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Prelude to Act III. The Death of Åse  - Edvard Grieg  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  7. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Arabian Dance  - Edvard Grieg  -  Norwegian State Institute of Music Chamber Choir  - Stefan Schioll  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  8. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Anitra's Dance  - Edvard Grieg  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  9. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Solveig's Song  - Edvard Grieg  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  10. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: No. 9. Dance of the Mountain King's Daughter  - Edvard Grieg  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg
  11. Sigurd Jorsalfar, suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands), Op. 56  - Edvard Grieg  - Einar Steen-Nøkleberg  - Rut Tellefsen

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