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Symphonic Music - Released September 6, 2019 | audite Musikproduktion

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This complete edition of the symphonic works of Edvard Grieg is especially convincing thanks to the authentic approach of the Norwegian Eivind Aadland, who strongly influences the interpretations of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne under his direction. The first LP of this series presents two of Grieg's principal collections on 180g vinyl: his first Peer Gynt suite from the incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's drama Peer Gynt, the story of the "Nordic Faust" which inspired Grieg to compose a sonic panorama of the Norwegian character - from the melancholy song Death of Åses to the furious chase in the Hall of the Mountain King - as well as his four Symphonic Dances Op. 64 of 1898, where the composer draws on his experiences as a conductor of the leading European orchestras. The second LP of this Grieg series includes the second Peer Gynt suite, the Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak as well as the famous suite From Holberg's Time - a homage to Ludvig Holberg, the caustic "Molière of the North" - and Klokkeklang - an almost impressionist study documenting a surprisingly visionary trait of the otherwise rather conservative composer. © audite

Symphonic Music - Released January 5, 2018 | Chandos

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This much awaited recording offers keenly idiomatic performances of the most famous works by Grieg, played by the composer’s own orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, and its Chief Conductor, Edward Gardner. The drama and passion of such favourite pieces as the incidental music to Peer Gynt and the Piano Concerto are superbly captured in surround-sound with exemplary Chandos sound quality. Unlike most existing recordings, offering only the orchestral suites, this disc presents numerous extra excerpts from Peer Gynt, which follow the sequence of Henrik Ibsen‘s dramatic poem, including sections for the unique Norwegian "Hardanger Fiddle". Having collaborated with the orchestra on several occasions, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is the soloist in the Piano Concerto, a piece that stands out as a shining example of a single great thought captured and expressed in music. The power of this conception is evident throughout the concerto in the pianist’s faithful, yet highly romantic interpretation. © Chandos

Classical - Released April 7, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Keyboard Concertos - Released May 15, 2015 | harmonia mundi

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Symphonic Music - Released June 5, 2015 | Sony Classical


Classical - Released September 30, 2013 | Ambroisie - naïve

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Classical - Released May 9, 2005 | Warner Classics

The suites from Peer Gynt, through no fault of his own, are Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's calling card. Certain pieces, such as "Morning Mood" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" are well known even among those who have never heard of Grieg. However, Grieg's incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt is only seldom recorded as a complete unit. Part of the problem is a textual one, as although Grieg finished the score barely in time for the premiere of Peer Gynt in 1876, he continued to alter it over the course of the next 20 years. A critical edition incorporating Grieg's final thoughts on the matter was not published until 1987 and was concurrently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon by Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony. The family tradition is carried on in this Virgin Classics recording, as it is led by his son, Paavo Järvi, with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. In orchestral terms, the younger Järvi's Grieg: Peer Gynt is a magnificent performance, fully capturing the sweep and grandeur of Grieg and Ibsen's vast conception. While in some instances Järvi cannot resist pointing up some of the music's similarity to the idiom of Mussorgsky, he is likewise careful not to lose sight of the score's Nordic iciness. The little bit of singing that there is in Peer Gynt is essentially where this Virgin Classics release comes down to earth. In "In the Hall of the Mountain King" there is a problem of balance between the Estonian National Male Choir and the orchestra in that the latter is quite clearly drowned out by the former. Baritone Peter Mattei does a fine job singing the one song the title character is given to sing, and Camilla Tilling is good as Solveig, although if one already has Kirsten Flagstad's performance of "Solveig's Song" in his/her head this might be a bit of a letdown. There is no ambiguity, though, about Charlotte Hellekant as Arabian temptress Anitra -- she sings as though she is trying to sell real estate, rather than seduce Peer and relieve him of his fortune. Robert Layton's liner notes are excellent; we are surprised to learn how Grieg felt that "In the Hall of the Mountain King" was something "I literally can't bear listening to because it absolutely reeks of cow-dung" and the extraordinary extent to which Ibsen himself intervened in the creation of this music. © TiVo

Classical - Released November 1, 2006 | BIS

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Although not all Ole Kristian Ruud and the Bergen Philharmonic's recordings of the orchestral music of Grieg have been entirely successful -- their disc of the string orchestra works was restrained to the point of sedated, hardly a characteristic of Grieg's music -- this disc of Grieg's supremely well-known Peer Gynt Suites coupled with three far less-well-known works is a wonder and a marvel. In their amazingly evocative Peer Gynt Suites, Ruud and the Bergen bring out colors, textures, and rhythmic accents that few others have suspected were even there. Listen to the phrasing of the flute at the start of "Sunrise" or the tone of the bassoon at the start of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" or the balance of the strings in "Solveig's Song:" it's enough to make these aging warhorses seem like young stallions again. Even better are the performances of the three other works. The "Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak" for winds is sorrowful but stern and deeply affecting. The "Old Norwegian Melody with Variations" for full orchestra is luminous but rambunctious and profoundly satisfying. And the closing "Bell Ringing" for full orchestra with harps to the fore is simply sonically staggering. With breathtakingly immediate super audio sound from BIS, this disc deserves to be heard by anyone who loves Grieg's music. © TiVo

Classical - Released January 31, 2007 | Mirare

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Classical - Released September 9, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released July 29, 2008 | Naxos

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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 1983 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


Classical - Released November 1, 2019 | Brilliant Classics

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Brilliant Classics presents a unique 25 CD collection of the near complete works of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, who was at the forefront of a flourishing of creativity that took place in Scandinavian culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, alongside his contemporaries, Nielsen and Sibelius. His imagination was particularly fired by the folk music and stories of his native Norway. His catchy tunes, lively rhythms and haunting musical evocations of the majestic Norwegian landscapes have made Grieg immensely popular with a wide audience. Included are the complete orchestral works: the immortal Peer Gynt, Holberg Suite, the ever popular Piano concerto and many more inspired orchestral miniatures. The Chamber music includes the Cello Sonata, de Violin Sonatas and the two String Quartets. The piano music is performed by Håkon Austbø, the recipient of the 2003 Grieg Award. This edition contains 7 CDs of his idiomatic performances. Another 7 feature Grieg’s orchestral, choral and chamber works. Performers include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Raphael Quartet. Håvard Gimse is the soloist in the famous piano concerto. The final third of this Edition is dedicated to Grieg’s 170 beautiful songs which at the time were inspired and performed by his wife Nina. Grieg also had ample opportunity to incorporate his beloved folk music in these charming and attractive songs. Performers include the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish Orchestra, conductor Bjarte Engeset, the Moscow Trio and soprano Marianna Hirsti. (Brilliant Classics)The digital version is in two volumes (Volume 2: 5028421961453).

Classical - Released March 25, 2010 | Aeon

Aeon's 2005 recording of Ibsen's 1867 verse play Peer Gynt, including the incidental music by Edvard Grieg, clocks in at about three and a quarter hours and is the closest thing to a complete performance of the play and incidental music available on CD, but even so, the text was considerably trimmed for that production. For listeners more interested in the music than the play, Aeon has released this disc of the music from that recording. It's advertised as the "unabridged score," but to fit it on a single disc, four numbers had to be omitted. At 75 minutes, it includes substantially more music than the two popular suites, enough to satisfy most listeners looking for a nearly complete performance of Grieg's score. This version uses soloists and chorus according to Grieg's intentions for the incidental music, offering fresh insights into the music for listeners familiar only with the suites. Guillaume Tourniaire leads l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in sensitive and carefully shaped performances of the brief musical episodes. His is a fairly conventional reading of the score, but it is spirited and played with style, and shouldn't disappoint the composer's fans. The addition of the chorus in two of the movements devoted to Peer's adventures in the hall of the Mountain King is especially thrilling, and Le Motet de Genève sings beautifully and vigorously. The vocal soloists are very fine, particularly Inger Dam-Jensen as Solveig. Grieg's use of a Hardanger fiddle, a Norwegian folk instrument similar to a violin, is exceptionally effective, and gives the score a much stronger nationalistic flavor than the music from the suites suggests, and it's played with raw vitality by Vegar Vardal. Aeon's sound is clear and well-balanced, with a good sense of presence. © TiVo

Classical - Released January 5, 2018 | JPK Musik

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Classical - Released October 13, 2019 | Pathe Records, Scandinavia


Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | BIS

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Way back in 1979 when Bis was just starting out as a label, they released a wonderful disc of all Grieg's works for string orchestra by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra under Terji Tønnesen. Twenty-six years later, Bis, by that time one of the biggest little labels in the world, released a disc of the nearly the same music by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Ole Kristian Ruud. And while the new disc is nice in its way, it's nowhere near as fine as the earlier release. The Bergen has a bigger string sound but by no means a sweeter or a fuller or a warmer or even a cleaner string sound, giving neither the contrapuntal details of the "Holberg" Suite enough lucidity nor the emotional depths of the "Elegiac Melodies" enough pathos. Ruud makes the most of emotions of the music but sounds more like an actor portraying the emotions rather than a person experiencing them. Tønnensen, on the other hand, gets deep beneath the surface of the music, wringing every drop of meaning out of the music and making it all sound absolutely authentic. Bis' super audio surround sound is rich and lush but their pre-digital stereo sound is real and honest. © TiVo

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released August 1, 2007 | BIS

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Though as central to his compositional career as his piano works, Grieg's choral works are rarely heard outside his native land and even more rarely recorded. This splendid 2007 BIS disc with Grete Pedersen leading the Norske Solistkor (the Norwegian Soloists' Choir) adds 13 a cappella pieces to the international Grieg catalog. Some are intimately emotional secular works like "Margaret's Cradle Song," while others are grander scared works like the setting of "Ave, Maris Stella." Some like "As I Lay Down So Late" were originally composed for the medium, while others were adapted for the medium either by the composer from one of his songs as in "Last Spring" or by the conductor from one of his piano pieces as in "Once Upon a Time" from the Opus 71 set of Lyric Pieces. And the last of them, the Four Psalms written directly for chorus, are the composer's last works for any medium. Like the best of Grieg's music in any genre, each work here is lovely, particularly in these warm yet clear performances by Pedersen and the Norwegian choir recorded in deep, resonant sound by BIS. © TiVo

Classical - Released July 24, 2015 | audite Musikproduktion

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