Edvard Grieg - Complete Music for Piano | BIS BISCD162628

Edvard Grieg - Complete Music for Piano

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BISCD162628

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 12

Release Date: 27th November 2006

Contents

Artists

Eva Knardahl (piano)
Love Derwinger (piano)
Kjell Ingebretsen (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Kjell Ingebretsen
Jun’ichi Hirokami

Artists

Eva Knardahl (piano)
Love Derwinger (piano)
Kjell Ingebretsen (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Kjell Ingebretsen
Jun’ichi Hirokami

About

Eva Knardahl's recordings of Grieg's music for solo piano – here completed with recordings by Love Derwinger of the works unpublished during Grieg's lifetime – have been a milestone ever since they were first released on LP at the end of the 1970s. The Norwegian pianist's interpretations of the music of her countryman blew away decades-worth of cobwebs and caused many to reconsider an oeuvre of which one part was so well-known as to risk becoming banal and another was all but unknown.
 
At the time of the first release one reviewer likened Knardahl to “an Alicia de Larrocha of the North, who makes her instrument ring out like a cathedral”. When the recordings were re-released on CD, another wrote that “she brings a forthrightness and colour to the Norwegian master – even a countrified robustness – that few have suspected is there. Knardahl's performance of the famous Piano Concerto is a rendering full of grandeur, poetry and power. She can really stand comparison with any of her rivals.” And these recordings still hold their place in the catalogue.
 
A recent near-ecstatic review on US website All Music Guide claims that “everyone ought to hear pianist Eva Knardahl kick the stuffing out of ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No.1”.
 
Now is the chance to do just that, and to begin exploring the rest of 13 hours’ worth of music – digitally re-mastered for this occasion – guided by a 40-page essay by internationally recognized Grieg expert Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe.
 
 
Contents:
 
Eva Knardahl, piano:
  • Lyric Pieces, Books I-X
  • Four Piano Pieces, Op.1
  • Poetic Tone Pictures, Op.3
  • Humoresques, Op.6
  • Piano Sonata in E minor, Op.7
  • Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak
  • 25 Norwegian Folk-songs & Dances
  • Pictures from Folk-life, Op.19
  • Four Album Leaves, Op.28
  • Improvisations on Two Norwegian Folk-songs, Op.29
  • Ballade in G minor, Op.24
  • Peer Gynt Suites No.1, Op.46 & No.2, Op.55
  • Three Orchestral Pieces from ‘Sigurd Jorsalfar’, Op.56
  • Holberg Suite, Op.40
  • Two Elegiac Melodies, Op.34
  • Waltz-Caprices, Op.37
  • Two Pieces from ‘Olav Trygvason’, Op.50
  • Piano Transcriptions of Own Songs I & II
  • Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances), Op.72
  • Moods, Op.73
  • Three Piano Pieces, EG110-EG112
  • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 (final version)*
  • Norwegian Dances, Op.35**
Love Derwinger, piano:
  • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 (original 1868/72 version)***
  • Larvikspolka, EG101
  • 23 Short Pieces for Piano), EG104
  • Three Piano Pieces, EG105
  • At Halfdan Kjerulf’s Memorial
  • Ten Song Arrangements from ‘Norwegian Melodies’
  • Early piano arrangements from ‘Peer Gynt’, Op.23
  • Album Leaf, EG109
  • The Entry of the Boyars, EG183
*RPO / Kjell Ingebretsen
**Kjell Ingebretsen (piano)
***Norrköping SO / Jun’ichi Hirokami

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