Grieg - Complete Piano Music | Naxos 8501404

Grieg - Complete Piano Music

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8501404

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 14

Release Date: 14th June 2019

Contents

Artists

Einar Steen-Nokleberg (piano)

Artists

Einar Steen-Nokleberg (piano)

About

The attractiveness of Edvard Grieg’s works for solo piano is strongly linked to its distinctive Norwegian character, absorbing the national instinct for compact melodic themes and combining this with the composer’s unique feel for harmony. The resulting works conjure entire worlds that range from melancholy to exuberant, and passionately bittersweet to gently pastoral. This definitive edition, performed by eminent specialist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, encompasses the full range of Grieg’s works for solo piano, from the beloved Lyric Pieces to the epic Ballade, via inspired arrangements of familiar melodies to rarely-heard student compositions and sketches. ‘It’s almost impossible to imagine this music better interpreted.’ (BBC Music Magazine)

Our edition of Edvard Grieg’s entire output for piano solo played by Einar Steen-Nøkleberg was a cornerstone of the Naxos catalogue between the first volume (8550881) in 1995, and the 14th (8553400) in 1996. In comparison with other ‘complete’ Grieg editions, Steen-Nøkleberg was determined to record every note Grieg wrote for the piano, right down to the fragment of an unfinished Piano Concerto in B minor which concludes the set. Brought together as a boxed set, this is therefore not only an attractive collection of some of the world’s favourite repertoire, but a valuable one-stop reference for Grieg’s truly complete works for piano solo.

The Penguin Guide surveyed this collection in 2009, stating that Steen-Nøkleberg ‘displaces earlier sets in quality: he is responsive to mood and is searchingly imaginative in his approach… a particularly strong recommendation.’ Further acclaim came from Diapason, ‘Listening to these recordings gave us a musical shock not heard from any other strong pianistic personalities. With delicate nuances Einar Steen-Nøkleberg brings out the inner charm of Grieg’s music. His brilliant and sensitive interpretations are magic and put him above the earlier recordings of these works.’

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