Grieg - Complete Symphonic Works Vol.5 | Audite AUDITE92671

Grieg - Complete Symphonic Works Vol.5


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Label: Audite

Cat No: AUDITE92671

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 16th October 2015



Camilla Tilling (soprano)
Tom Erik Lie (baritone)
WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln


Eivind Aadland


Grieg, Edvard

Lyric Pieces (2), op.68
Norwegian Dances (4), op.35
Orchestral Songs (6), EG177
Peer Gynt, op.23
» Solveig's Lullaby
» Solveig's Song
The Mountain Thrall, op.32


Camilla Tilling (soprano)
Tom Erik Lie (baritone)
WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln


Eivind Aadland


This recording gathers several important examples of the less familiar Edvard Grieg as composer of songs with orchestra.

Soprano Camilla Tilling plays a leading part in this fifth and final volume of Audite’s complete recording of Grieg’s orchestral works: although Grieg drew on his own songs with orchestra or piano for the 'Six Orchestral Songs', this set forms an independent, elegiacally-hued cycle reflecting the core of Grieg’s personality. It includes not only two songs from the incidental music to 'Peer Gynt' (Solveig’s Song and Solveig’s Lullaby) but also transcriptions of solemn piano songs such as the Roman ballad 'From Monte Pincio', or the memory of the short-lived Norwegian patriot Henrik Wergeland, to whom the final song (sung by Tom Erik Lie) is dedicated.

Cities such as Oslo and Bergen, where Grieg worked as a conductor, did not provide inspiration for his compositions: in order to be able to write, he travelled to the countryside. He particularly loved the wild region of Hardanger in West Norway, where he found the most original folk music and where he spent several summers. Here, he composed not only his 'Norwegian Dances', but also the short orchestral ballad 'Den Bergtekne' (The Mountain Thrall), in which Grieg portrays himself as a restless poet, at odds with love.


The delights come thick and fast on this, the fifth and final instalment in Eivind Aadland's treasurable Grieg series for Audite. Soprano Camilla Tilling is on radiant form … Aadland and his exemplary Cologne band tender meltingly lovely support … Audite's ideally airy, superbly realistic SACD sonics set the seal on another unmissable treat. Hats off to all involved in this superlative enterprise!  Andrew Achenbach
Classical Ear 17 March 2016

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