Grieg: Lyric Pieces Opp. 43 & 54

Grieg: Lyric Pieces Opp. 43 & 54

by Mikhail Pletnev

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Grieg: Lyric Pieces Opp. 43 & 54

Mikhail Pletnev has spent so much of the past decade conducting the Russian National Orchestra that any new recording by Pletnev the pianist is something of an event. His new Grieg anthology for Deutsche Grammophon is predictably extraordinary -- perhaps the most individual album of Grieg's piano music since the collection of Lyric Pieces Emil Gilels recorded for Deutsche Grammophon a quarter-century ago. Along with the only version of the youthful E minor Sonata to stand beside Leif Ove Andsnes' superb Virgin Classics recording -- just listen to the tension and excitement Pletnev generates in the stormy opening movement -- the album features a genuine curiosity from the composer's student days: the Seven Fugues for Piano, recorded here for the first time. Contrapuntally dense and charmingly earnest, they make for a terrific "guess who wrote this?" party record, especially in a performance that possesses the same phenomenal dexterity and textural clarity that Glenn Gould brought to his Bach recordings. The recital concludes with a selection of Lyric Pieces full of charm and character, especially the capricious, Schumannesque reading of "Butterfly" and the wistful melancholy of "Vanished Days." Even those whose collections are already bursting with Grieg should make room for this wonderful newcomer.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2000
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028945967127
catalogNumber: 459671
Rank: 115464

Tracks

  1. Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7
  2. Fuga à 2 for piano in C minor, EG 184a
  3. Fuga à 2 for piano in C major, EG 184b
  4. Fuga à 3 for piano in D major, EG 184c
  5. Fuga à 3 for piano in A minor, EG 184d
  6. Fuga à 4 for piano in G minor, EG184e
  7. Fuga à 3 for piano in C major, EG 184f
  8. Fuga duplex in G minor, for piano, EG184g
  9. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 54: No.6, Bellringing
  10. Berceuse, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/1: No.1, Berceuse
  11. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: No.1, Butterfly
  12. Melody, lyric piece for piano, Op. 47/3: No.3, Melody
  13. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43: No.6~To spring
  14. Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen (Wedding Day at Troldhaugen), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6
  15. I balladetone (Ballad), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/5
  16. Baekken (Brooklet), lyric piece for piano, Op. 62/4
  17. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 54: No.5, Scherzo
  18. Entschwundene Tage (Vanished Days), lyric piece for piano, Op. 57/1
  19. Bedstemors menuet (Grandmother's Minuet), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/2
  20. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 54: No.3, March of the Trolls
  21. Fra karnevalet (From the Carnival), for piano (Scenes from Folk Life No. 3), Op. 19/3

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