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Grieg - Complete Orchestral Music

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BISCD174042

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 8

Release Date: 30th June 2008



Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


Ole Kristian Ruud


Grieg, Edvard

Bergliot, op.42
Elegiac melodies (2), op.34
Funeral March in memory of Rikard Nordraak, EG117 (version for wind band)
Funeral March in memory of Rikard Nordraak, EG117
Holberg Suite, op.40
In Autumn, op.11
Landkjenning (Land sighting), op.31
Lyric Pieces (2), op.68
Lyric Pieces: Book 5 (6), op.54
» no.1 Shepherd's Boy
» no.2 Norwegian Rustic March
» no.3 March of the Dwarfs
» no.4 Nocturne
» no.6 Bell-Ringing
Melodies (2), op.53
Nordic Melodies (2), op.63
Norwegian Dances (4), op.35
Olav Trygvason, op.50
» Scene 1: Skjult i de mange manende navne (Though to whom fancy lends many titles)
» Scene 2: Ej er det nok naevne ved Navn (Tis not enough that ye invoke)
» Scene 3: Giv alle Guder gammens og gledesskal (Give to all Gods a grace - cup of gratitude)
Old Norwegian Romance with variations, op.51
Peer Gynt, op.23
Peer Gynt: Suite no.1, op.46
Peer Gynt: Suite no.2, op.55
Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16
Sigurd Jorsalfar, op.22
Songs (12) after poems by Vinje, op.33
» no.9 Ved Rondane (At Rondane)
Symphonic Dances, op.64
Symphony in C minor
The Mountain Thrall, op.32


Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


Ole Kristian Ruud


To list the various distinctions awarded to the recordings that make up this sumptuous offering is almost impossible; suffice it to say that the entire series received the Grieg Award in 2007, the year of the hundredth anniversary of the death of the composer, as well as a very special commendation by the UK Grieg Society the same year. During 2003-2006, as the individual discs were released, reviewers all over the world were heaping praise on the series – astounding given that this is repertoire that at least in part is some of the most well-represented on disc.

But this did not seem to matter to the critics, who described the performance of the Piano Concerto as one that ‘will make you fall in love with the music all over again’ (American Record Guide) and that of the Holberg Suite as ‘so compelling that it simply makes you forget about any other’ (Classics

It was the freshness of the performances by Ole Kristian Ruud and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra that struck most critics – freshness coupled with expertise: ‘Bergen musicians have lived with these scores since their creation and all the performances here have a relaxed, idiomatic naturalness in their virtuosity’ (Gramophone)

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