Grieg: The Complete Music for Piano [Box Set]

Grieg: The Complete Music for Piano [Box Set]

by Eva Knardahl

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Grieg: The Complete Music for Piano [Box Set]

While no one but a Grieg completist would aspire to hear all 12 discs in this collection of the Norwegian composer's entire oeuvre for piano, anyone who loves the late Romantic composer's music will surely enjoy dipping into it now and again. For one thing, no composer in the second half of the nineteenth century could beat Grieg when it came to writing character pieces for the piano. In the 10 books of "Lyric Pieces," the four anthologies of Norwegian folk songs and dances, and the many small collections of Humoresques and poetic tone pictures, Grieg proved himself a master at catching a mood or evoking an image in instantly memorable melodies, thoroughly enchanting harmonies, and absolutely irresistible rhythms. For another thing, no pianist in the second half of the twentieth century could beat the late Eva Knardahl (1927-2006) when it came to capturing the poetic essence of Grieg's appeal. Expressed through a supple tone and a strong technique, Knardahl's obvious love of the music radiates from every note of every performance. While older listeners may recall with fondness Walter Gieseking or Emil Giles' earlier Grieg recordings, no one would deny that Knardahl is more comfortable than they with the intimate scale of the music -- and that her performances are ultimately much more emotionally satisfying. With the inclusion of not only Knardahl's masterful performance of the final version of the "Piano Concerto" but also Love Derwinger's persuasive performance of the original version plus Derwinger's performances of the solo piano works Knardahl didn't record, this collection may not be mandatory for everyone who loves late Romantic piano music, but it is obligatory for anyone who loves Grieg -- even if to only dip into it now and again. Recorded mostly in the late '70s and early '80s, BIS' sound is amazingly clean, rich, and warm.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2006
Label: Bis
UPC: 7318591626282
catalogNumber: 1626
Rank: 67151

Tracks

  1. Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 1, Op. 12
  2. Lyric Pieces (8) for piano, Book 2, Op. 38
  3. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43
  4. Lyric Pieces (7) for piano, Book 4, Op. 47
  5. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 54
  6. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 6, Op. 57
  7. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 7, Op. 62
  8. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 65
  9. Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 9, Op. 68
  10. Lyric Pieces (7) for piano, Book 10, Op. 71
  11. Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 1
  12. Poetic Tone-Pictures (6) for piano, Op. 3
  13. Humoresques (4) for piano, Op. 6
  14. Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7
  15. Sørgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak (Funeral March in memory of Rikard Nordraak), for piano (or winds) in A minor, EG 107
  16. Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances (25) for piano, Op. 17
  17. Folkelivsbilleder (Scenes from Folk Life) (3) for piano, Op. 19
  18. Album Leaves (4) for piano, Op. 28
  19. Improvisations on Two Norwegian Folk Songs, for piano, Op. 29
  20. Ballade for piano in G minor ("In the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Melody"), Op. 24
  21. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46
  22. Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55
  23. Sigurd Jorsalfar, suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands), Op. 56
  24. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for piano ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40
  25. Elegiac Melodies (2) for orchestra (or piano), Op. 34
  26. Waltz-Caprices (2) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 37
  27. Olav Trygvason, opera, Op. 50 (incomplete): 1. Bønn (Prayer)
  28. Olav Trygvason, opera, Op. 50 (incomplete): 2. Tempeldans (Temple Dance)
  29. Nordic Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands), Op. 63
  30. Norwegian Folk Songs (19) for piano, Op. 66
  31. Song Transcriptions (6) for piano, Op. 41
  32. Song Transcriptions (6) for piano, Op. 52
  33. Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances) (17) for piano, Op. 72
  34. Stimmungen (Moods) (7) for piano, Op. 73
  35. Pieces (3) for piano, EG 110-112 (edited by Julius Röntgen)
  36. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
  37. Norwegian Dances (4) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 35
  38. Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano), Op. 53
  39. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: 1. Springdans (Rustic Dance)
  40. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: 2. Bådnlåt - Vuggevise (Lullaby)
  41. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: 3. Springdans (Rustic Dance)
  42. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: 4. Sjugur å trollbrura - Folkevise (Popular Ditty)
  43. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: 5. Halling
  44. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: 6. Guten og jenta på fjøshellen (The Lad and the L
  45. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 1. Allegro molto moderato
  46. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 2. Adagio
  47. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
  48. Larvikspolka, for piano, EG 101
  49. Small Pieces (23) for piano, EG 104
  50. Pieces (3) for piano, EG 105
  51. Agitato for piano, EG 106
  52. Ved Halfdan Kjerulfs Mindestøtte (At Halfdan Kjerulf's Statue), for piano (arranged from cantata), EG 167
  53. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 8: Margretes Vuggesang
  54. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 14: Norsk Sjømandssang
  55. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 17: "Fremad!"
  56. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 38: Ungbirken
  57. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 57: Bjørneskytten
  58. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 71: Min Tankes Tanke
  59. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 90: Vandring i Skoven
  60. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 95: To brune Øjne
  61. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 113: Serenade til Welhaven
  62. Norwegian Melodies (154) for piano ("Norwegian Mountain Melodies"), EG 108: No. 150: Det første Møde
  63. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Forspill til 3. akt. Aases Død (Prelude to Act 3.
  64. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Arabisk Dans (Arabian Dans)
  65. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Anitras Dans (Anitra's Dance)
  66. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Solveigs Sang (Solveig's Song)
  67. Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23: Dans av Dovregubbens Datter (Dance of the Mountain
  68. Album Leaf for piano, EG 109
  69. Entry March of the Boyars for orchestra

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