Grieg: The Complete Orchestral Music [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Recorded between 2002 and 2004, this eight-disc set contains the complete orchestral music of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. This includes works one would expect -- the "Peer Gynt Suites," the "Lyric Suite," "Symphonic Dances," the "Symphony in C minor," and so on -- works one might expect -- the "Piano Concerto," the "Holberg Suite," and the other string orchestra pieces -- works one might not expect -- transcriptions like "Bell Ringing," orchestral songs like "The Last Spring," and melodramas like "Land Sighting" -- and a work one would never expect -- a concert version of "Peer Gynt" complete with singers and actors. And though there have been better recorded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Recorded between 2002 and 2004, this eight-disc set contains the complete orchestral music of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. This includes works one would expect -- the "Peer Gynt Suites," the "Lyric Suite," "Symphonic Dances," the "Symphony in C minor," and so on -- works one might expect -- the "Piano Concerto," the "Holberg Suite," and the other string orchestra pieces -- works one might not expect -- transcriptions like "Bell Ringing," orchestral songs like "The Last Spring," and melodramas like "Land Sighting" -- and a work one would never expect -- a concert version of "Peer Gynt" complete with singers and actors. And though there have been better recorded performances of the best-known works here, overall it is a tremendous achievement. Ole Kristian Ruud is a born Grieg conductor with not only the skills to bring off the music but a real feeling for the idiom as well. One of the salient characteristics of his interpretations is their ease and naturalness. In his hands, the forms sound inevitable, the harmonies sound sensual, the melodies sound sentimental, and the rhythms sound elemental. The Bergen Philharmonic, Norway's premier orchestra, matches Ruud for insight, understanding, and virtuosity. The strings are sweet in the "Elegiac Melodies," the woodwinds characterful in "Peer Gynt Suites," the brass brilliant in "The March of the Dwarves," and the whole ensemble incandescent in the "Norwegian Dances." The vocal soloists are both outstanding, though soprano Marita Solberg sounds a bit fresher in the orchestral songs than baritone Håkan Hagegård in the concert "Peer Gynt." And while Noriko Ogawa may not efface memories of Richter, Lupu, Michelangeli, and a dozen other pianists in the concerto, hers is still a powerful and poetic account of this familiar work. For some, the actors in the concert "Peer Gynt" might prove a distraction; but others may find that knowing what is actually going on helps make listening to the music a deeper and more meaningful experience. Naturally, BIS' digital sound is clear, crisp, colorful, and immediate. Anyone remotely interested in Grieg's music should try this set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Bis
  • UPC: 675754008567
  • Catalog Number: 1740/2

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I høst (In Autumn), concert overture for orchestra, Op. 11 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (13:12)
  2. 2–4 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (31:14)
  3. 5–8 Symphony in C minor, EG 119 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (34:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1–8 Sigurd Jorsalfar, incidental music, Op. 22 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (34:47)
  2. 2 Landkjending (Land-Sighting), cantata for baritone, male chorus, orchestra & organ ad lib, Op. 31 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (6:42)
  3. 3 Bergliot, melodrama for speaker & orchestra, Op. 42 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (18:51)
  4. 4 Sørgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak (Funeral March in memory of Rikard Nordraak), for piano (or winds) in A minor, EG 107 - Johan Halvorsen & Edvard Grieg (8:05)
  5. 5 Den bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), for baritone, 2 horns & string orchestra, Op. 32 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (6:06)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Olav Trygvason, opera, Op. 50 (incomplete) - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (34:24)
  2. 2 Foran Sydens kloster (Before a Southern Convent), for soprano, alto, female chorus & orchestra, Op. 20 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (10:26)
  3. 5–10 Songs (6) for voice & orchestra, EG 177 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (29:08)
  4. 6 Ved Rondane (At Rondane), song for voice & piano, Op. 33/9 - Johan Halvorsen & Edvard Grieg (3:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1–51 Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (113:09)
Disc 5
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (15:49)
  2. 5–8 Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (17:30)
  3. 6 Sørgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak (Funeral March in memory of Rikard Nordraak), for piano (or winds) in A minor, EG 107 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (8:03)
  4. 7 Old Norwegian Romance with Variations for orchestra, Op. 51 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (24:54)
  5. 8 Klokkeklang (Bell Ringing), lyric piece for orchestra No. 5 (orchestration of Op. 54/6) - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (4:28)
Disc 7
  1. 1–5 Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (20:04)
  2. 6–7 Elegiac Melodies (2) for orchestra (or piano), Op. 34 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (9:11)
  3. 8–9 Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano), Op. 53 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (9:22)
  4. 10–11 Nordic Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands), Op. 63 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (12:12)
  5. 11 Aften på høyfjellet (Evening in the Mountains), lyric piece for oboe, horn & string orchestra (orchestration of Op. 68/4) - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (4:00)
  6. 12 Bådnlåt (At the Cradle), lyric piece for string orchestra (orchestration of Op. 68/5) - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (4:20)
Disc 8
  1. 1–4 Norwegian Dances (4) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 35 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (18:32)
  2. 5–8 Symphonic Dances (4) for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 64 - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (34:12)
  3. 9–12 Lyric Suite for orchestra (orchestration of Op. 54) - Edvard Grieg & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (18:21)
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Performance Credits
Ole Kristian Ruud Primary Artist
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