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Matthieu Idmtal|Grieg: Piano Sonata, 14 Lyric Pieces

Grieg: Piano Sonata, 14 Lyric Pieces

Matthieu Idmtal

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Having completed his studies at the Brussels Conservatoire and won first prizes at several distinguished competitions for young musicians, Matthieu Idmtal quickly became known as a specialist in the music of Alexander Scriabin. His debut on record was dedicated to a sequence of the Russian composer’s Etudes and Preludes, and it won him golden reviews: "I have listened to Sofronitsky, Gilels, Richter and Ashkenazy – great Scriabin players all. Young Matthieu Idmtal has the potential to join that lofty group". (American Record Guide)

His Scriabin recital was followed by an equally well-received album of the Violin Sonatas by Edvard Grieg, in company with his regular violin-recital partner Maya Levy. The natural sequel is this focus on the Norwegian composer’s solo output. Grieg composed seven books of Lyric Pieces across the course of his career: songs without words that amount to a diary of his compositional evolution as well as testament to enduring preoccupations such as the artistic transformation of folksong and the evocation of natural phenomena such as sunlight and the movement of water. Idmtal’s sequence ranges across all seven books, and does not shy away from established classics such as the Arietta and Wedding Day at Troldhaugen. However, he also includes several lesser-known and introspective masterpieces such as the Vanished Days and Homesickness from the Opus 57 set.

Even by their side, however, the Piano Sonata, Op. 7 is an almost forgotten masterpiece. Grieg wrote it at the age of 22, recently graduated from the conservatoire in Leipzig, yet even within the first movement’s opening exposition there are shapes and harmonies that instantly identify the composer’s artistic fingerprint. This Sonata reflects the ambitions and character of the young Grieg: high-spirited, virtuosic, impetuous, and permeated with brusque mood swings. Cast in a compressed version of the traditional four-movement form, it encompasses many changes of mood, sometimes very abrupt, as if the composer was overflowing with musical ideas and inspiration. It makes an ideal introduction to the familiar world of the Lyric Pieces as well as a notable debut for Matthieu Idmtal on Piano Classics. © Piano Classics

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1
Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro moderato
00:05:32

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

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2
Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7: II. Andante molto
00:05:18

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

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3
Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7: III. Alla menuetto, ma poco più lento
00:03:32

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

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4
Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7: IV. Finale - Molto allegro
00:06:54

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

5
Arietta, Op. 12 No. 1
00:01:46

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

6
Berceuse, Op. 38 No. 1
00:03:19

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

7
Butterfly, Op. 43 No. 1
00:01:59

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

8
Elegy, Op. 47 No. 7
00:04:32

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

9
Valse-Impromptu, Op. 47 No. 1
00:03:28

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

10
Melody, Op. 47 No. 3
00:04:10

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

11
March of the Dwarfs, Op. 54 No. 3
00:03:42

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

12
Elegy, Op. 38 No. 6
00:03:53

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

13
Waltz, Op. 38 No. 7
00:01:26

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

14
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65 No. 6
00:06:14

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

15
Homesickness, Op. 57 No. 6
00:05:44

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

16
Vanished Days, Op. 57 No. 1
00:08:03

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

17
Solitary Traveller, Op. 43 No. 2
00:02:49

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

18
Nocturne, Op. 54 No. 4
00:06:00

Edvard Grieg, Composer - Piano Classics, MusicPublisher - Matthieu Idmtal, Artist, MainArtist

2021 Brilliant Classics 2021 Brilliant Classics

Album Description

Having completed his studies at the Brussels Conservatoire and won first prizes at several distinguished competitions for young musicians, Matthieu Idmtal quickly became known as a specialist in the music of Alexander Scriabin. His debut on record was dedicated to a sequence of the Russian composer’s Etudes and Preludes, and it won him golden reviews: "I have listened to Sofronitsky, Gilels, Richter and Ashkenazy – great Scriabin players all. Young Matthieu Idmtal has the potential to join that lofty group". (American Record Guide)

His Scriabin recital was followed by an equally well-received album of the Violin Sonatas by Edvard Grieg, in company with his regular violin-recital partner Maya Levy. The natural sequel is this focus on the Norwegian composer’s solo output. Grieg composed seven books of Lyric Pieces across the course of his career: songs without words that amount to a diary of his compositional evolution as well as testament to enduring preoccupations such as the artistic transformation of folksong and the evocation of natural phenomena such as sunlight and the movement of water. Idmtal’s sequence ranges across all seven books, and does not shy away from established classics such as the Arietta and Wedding Day at Troldhaugen. However, he also includes several lesser-known and introspective masterpieces such as the Vanished Days and Homesickness from the Opus 57 set.

Even by their side, however, the Piano Sonata, Op. 7 is an almost forgotten masterpiece. Grieg wrote it at the age of 22, recently graduated from the conservatoire in Leipzig, yet even within the first movement’s opening exposition there are shapes and harmonies that instantly identify the composer’s artistic fingerprint. This Sonata reflects the ambitions and character of the young Grieg: high-spirited, virtuosic, impetuous, and permeated with brusque mood swings. Cast in a compressed version of the traditional four-movement form, it encompasses many changes of mood, sometimes very abrupt, as if the composer was overflowing with musical ideas and inspiration. It makes an ideal introduction to the familiar world of the Lyric Pieces as well as a notable debut for Matthieu Idmtal on Piano Classics. © Piano Classics

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