Grieg: Lyric Pieces

Grieg: Lyric Pieces

by Leif Ove Andsnes

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Overview

Grieg: Lyric Pieces

Grieg's fittingly titled Lyric Pieces are miniature musical portraits, epigrammatic works of charming simplicity, melodic invention, whimsy, and delight that in the space of just a few bars create individual worlds of enchantment. Some are overtly biographical, capturing moments in time, whereas others simply set a mood. Several of them borrow from the folk idioms of the composer's native Norway, while others make clear why he was labeled "the Chopin of the North." Still others point toward Debussy's or Ravel's avant-garde impressionistic style. Leif Ove Andsnes, a Norwegian himself and one of today's preeminent pianists, plays his 24 selections (there are 10 volumes of the Lyric Pieces in all, ranging in date from 1867 to 1901) on Grieg's own Steinway piano, still housed in the composer's home in Troldhaugen, Norway. It is clear Andsnes has a special fondness for this music, made plain by his pilgrimage to Grieg's home to record it. And his lovingly detailed performance captures these pieces in all their delightful variety. Introspective reverie is the mode in the Schumann-esque "Arietta" from Book One or in Book Nine's "At Your Feet." Rollicking elation fills Book Eight's Ravel-like "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen," which at six and a half minutes is the longest piece here by half. Andsnes has built up an impressive body of recordings, especially his prizewinning disc of Haydn Concertos and his widely praised Liszt recital, but Grieg's musical epigrams seem to fit his temperament particularly well. "I've always loved Grieg," he reveals in the liner notes, "not just because I'm Norwegian, but because very few composers speak so directly to your heart -- and especially in the smaller pieces." Andsnes' elegant performances are proof enough.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2002
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0724355729620
catalogNumber: 57296
Rank: 133756

Tracks

  1. Arietta, lyric piece for piano, Op. 12/1
  2. Waltz, lyric piece for piano, Op. 12/2
  3. Norsk (Norwegian Melody), lyric piece for piano, Op. 12/6
  4. Folkevise (Folk Song), lyric piece for piano, Op. 12/5
  5. Canon, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/8
  6. Elegy, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/6
  7. Waltz, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/7
  8. Melody, lyric piece for piano, Op. 47/3
  9. Troldtog (March of the Dwarfs), lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/3
  10. Nocturne, lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/4
  11. Gade, lyric piece for piano, Op. 57/2
  12. Illusion, lyric piece for piano, Op. 57/3
  13. Heimweh (Homesickness), lyric piece for piano, Op. 57/6
  14. Hjemad (Homeward), lyric piece for piano, Op. 62/6
  15. Baekken (Brooklet), lyric piece for piano, Op. 62/4
  16. Drømmesyn (Phantom), lyric piece for piano, Op. 62/5
  17. Sylfide (Sylph), lyric piece for piano, Op. 62/1
  18. Bådnlåt (At the Cradle), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/5
  19. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
  20. Aften på højfjeldet (Evening in the Mountains), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/4
  21. For dine fødder (At your Feet), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/3
  22. Someraften (Summer's Eve), lyric piece for piano, Op. 71/2
  23. Forbi (Gone), lyric piece for piano, Op. 71/6
  24. Efterklang (Remembrances), lyric piece for piano, Op. 71/7

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