Eva Knardahl

Biography

Born: May 10, 1927; Norway   Died: September 3, 2006; Oslo, Norway  
Norwegian pianist Eva Knardahl is best known for her incisive interpretations of the piano music of Edvard Grieg. She has recorded the complete piano music for BIS Records to great acclaim and has appeared in numerous solo and orchestral concerts performing the music of Grieg. But she has also drawn high praise for her interpretations of works by a diverse group of composers that includes Albéniz, Barber, Brahms, Liszt, and Gershwin. Read more

Knardahl was born in Norway on May 10, 1927. She was a child prodigy whose enormous talent made her an overnight sensation in her homeland: at the age of 12 she appeared with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra playing concertos by J.S. Bach and Haydn and the Concertstuck by Carl Maria von Weber -- all in a single concert!

At 19 she left Norway and soon took a post with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra as the resident pianist. She worked first under Antal Dorati, then under Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. She spent 20 years abroad altogether, 15 in Minneapolis, before finally returning to Norway in 1967.

Thereafter, Knardahl toured her homeland to great acclaim, giving recitals and appearing with the major orchestras. She began recording Grieg's solo piano works in 1977 for BIS Records. In 1978, the first LP was issued, followed over the years by 11 more to complete a project that also included the works for two pianos and the piano concerto. Critics and audiences were impressed, and in 1987 BIS released the complete set on 10 CDs.

By this time Knardahl had become a well-known figure in her homeland not only from her concerts and recordings (she won numerous Norwegian Grammys), but from frequent appearances on television shows, where she often performed with rock and popular music groups. In 1986 Knardahl had begun recording for the Simax label, divulging a much broader Classical repertory.

While many of her recordings in the latter 1980s and 1990s showcased her talents in the works of Brahms and a wide range of other composers, she also re-recorded some Grieg: her 1995 Simax CD featured the piano concerto along with a clutch of shorter solo works. Knardahl also took on a teaching post at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, serving as professor of chamber music. One of Knardahl's later recordings, on the Aurora label, was issued in 2000 and featured her with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in Řistein Sommerfeldt's Towards a Yearning. Read less

Biography

Born: May 10, 1927; Norway   Died: September 3, 2006; Oslo, Norway  
Norwegian pianist Eva Knardahl is best known for her incisive interpretations of the piano music of Edvard Grieg. She has recorded the complete piano music for BIS Records to great acclaim and has appeared in numerous solo and orchestral concerts performing the music of Grieg. But she has also drawn high praise for her interpretations of works by a diverse group of composers that includes Albéniz, Barber, Brahms, Liszt, and Gershwin. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Adagio: Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro moderato
I. Andante con moto
II. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro con moto
II. Aria - Largo cantabile
III. Scherzo - Molto vivace
I. Allegro - Meno mosso
II. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro commodo
II. Andante, quasi adagio
III. Commodo
Giboens bruremarsj (Giboens Bridal March)
Jon Vaestafaes springdans (Jon Vaestafaes Springdance)
Bruremarsj fra Telemark (Bridalmarch from Telemark)
Haugelat. Halling (Halling from the Fairy Hill)
Prillaren fra Os. Springdans (Springdance from Os)
Gangar etter Myllarguten (Gangar after Myllarguten)
Rotnamns-Knut. Halling
Bruremarsj etter Myllarguten (Bridal March after Myllarguten)
Nils Rekves halling
Knut Lurasens halling I
Knut Lurasens halling II
Springdans etter Myllarguten (Springdance after Myllarguten)
Havar Giboens draum ved Oterholtsbrua (Havar Giboen's Dream at Oterholt bridge)
Tussebrureferda pa Vossevangen. Gangar (The Bridal Procession of the Goblins at Voss)
Skuldalsbrura. Gangar (The Bride from Skuldal)
Kivlemoyane. Sprindans fra seljord (The Girls from Kivledal)
Kivlemoyane. Gangar
I. Resignasjon (Resignation)
II. Scherzo-Impromptu
III. Nattlig ritt (Night Ride)
IV. Folketone (Folk Tune)
V. Studie (Hommage a Chopin)
VI. Studentenes serenade (Students' Serenade)
VII. Lualat (Mountain Tune)
I. Hvite skyer (Tempest Clouds)
II. Tusseslatt (Procession of the Gnomes)
III. Dansen gar (In the Whirl of Dance)
I. Es war einmal ein Bock, ein Bock
II. Einst kam der Bock
III. Es liebte einst ein Hase
IV. Drei Masken sah
V. Hast Du ein Tongedicht
VI. O lieber Künstler
VII. Unser Feind
VIII. Von Handlern
IX. Es war mal eine Wanze
X. Die Kunstler
XI. Die Handler
XII. O Schropferschwarm
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Rondo - Allegretto
I. Introduction: Adagio - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Tres vite et emporte
II. Divertissement: Andantino
III. Finale: Prestissimo
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante: Vivace
III. Vivace
Springdans
Ungersvennen (The Swain)
Springdans
Nils Tallefjorden
Jolstring (Dance from Jolster)
Brurelat (Wedding Tune)
Halling
Grisen (The Pig)
Nar mitt oye trett av moye (Religious Song)
Friervise (Wooer's Song)
Kjempevise (Heroic Song)
Solfager og ormekongen (Solfager and the Snake-King)
Reiselat for brurefolget (Wedding Tune)
Jeg sjunger med sorrigfullt hjerte (I sing with a sorrowful Heart)
Den siste lordagskvelden (Last Saturday Evening)
Eg veit ei lita jente (I know a little Maiden)
Kleggen og fluga (The Cleg and the Fly)
Stabbelaten (Stumping Dance)
Holje dale
Halling
Saebygga (The Woman from Setesdal)
Sa lokka me over den myra (Cow-call)
Sag du nokke kjerringa mi (Peasant Song)
Brurelat (Wedding Tune)
Rabnabryllup i krakalund (The Raven's Wedding)
I. Fjellslatt (Mountain Dance)
II. Brudefolget drar forbi (Wedding Procession)
III. Fra karnevalet (From the Carnival)
I. Allegro con moto
II. Allegretto espressivo
III. Vivace
IV. Andantino serioso - Allegro giocoso
I. Allegretto con moto
II. Andante
I. Allegro con leggerezza
II. Non allegro e molto espressivo
III. Mazurka
IV. Allegro con moto
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Allegro cantabile
III. Con moto
IV. Andante con sentimento
V. Allegro moderato
VI. Allegro scherzando
I. Tempo di valse
II. Tempo di menuetto ed energico
III. Allegretto con grazia
IV. Allegro alla burla
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante molto
III. Alla menuetto ma poco piů lento
IV. Finale - Molto allegro
I. Prelude
II. Sarabande
III. Gavotte
IV. Air
V. Rigaudon
I. Fra ungdomsdagene (From early years)
II. Bondens sang (Peasant's Song)
III. Tungsinn (Melancholy)
IV. Salong (Salon)
V. I balladetone (Ballad)
VI. Bryllupsdag pa Troldhaugen (Wedding-day at Troldhaugen)
I. Matrosernes oppsang (Sailor's Song)
II. Bestemors menuett (Grandmother's Minuet)
III. For dine fotter (At your Feet)
IV. Aften pa hoyfjellet (Evening at the Mountains)
V. Badnlat (At the Cradle)
VI. Valse melancolique
I. Det var engang (Once upon a time)
II. Sommeraften (Summer Eve)
III. Smatroll (Puck)
IV. Skogstillhet (Peace of Woods)
V. Halling
VI. Forbi (Gone)
VII. Efterklang (Remembrances)
I. Gjettergutt (Shepherd's Boy)
II. Gangar (Norwegian March)
III. Trolltog (March of the Dwarfs)
IV. Notturno
V. Scherzo
VI. Klokkeklang (Bellringing)
I. Svunne dager (Vanished days)
II. Gade
III. Illusjon (Illusion)
IV. Hemmelightet (Secret)
V. Hun danser (She dances)
VI. Hjemve (Homesickness)
I. Sylfide (Sylphe)
II. Takk (Gratitude)
III. Fransk serenade (French Serenade)
IV. Bekken (Brooklet)
V. Drommesyn (Phantom)
VI. Hjemad (Homeward)
I. Leicht bewegt
II. Langsam
I. Kulokk (Cow-call)
II. Det er den storste darlighet (It is the greatest foolishness)
III. En konge hersket i Osterland (A King ruled in the East)
IV. Siri Dale-visen (The Siri Dale Song)
V. Det var i min ungdom (It was in my Youth)
VI. Lokk og badnlat (Call and Lullaby)
VII. Badnlat (Lullaby)
VIII. Lok (Call)
IX. Liten var guten (It was a little lad)
X. Morgo skal du fa gifte deg (Tomorrow you shall marry)
XI. Der stander to piker (There stood two girls)
XII. Ranveig
XIII. En liten gra mann (A little grey man)
XIV. I Ola-dalon, i Ola-kjonn (In Ola Valley, in Ola Tarn)
XV. Badnlat (Lullaby)
XVI. Ho vesle Astrid var (Little Astrid)
XVII. Badnlat (Lullaby)
XVIII. Jeg gar i tusen tanker (I wander deep in thought)
XIX. Gjendines Badnlat (Gjendine's Lullaby)
I. Vuggesang (Cradle Song)
II. Lille Haakon (Little Haakon)
III. Jeg elsker dig (I love thee)
IV. Hun er sa hvid (She is so white)
V. Prinsessen (The Princess)
VI. Til varen (To Spring)
I. Modersorg (Mother's Grief)
II. Det forste mote (The first Meeting)
III. Du fatter ej bolgernes evige gang (You cannot grasp the wave's eternal course)
IV. Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song)
V. Kjaerlighed (Love)
VI. Gamle mor (Old Mother)
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
I. Allegro marcato
II. Allegretto traquillo e grazioso
III. Allegro moderato alla marcia
IV. Allegro molto
I. Norsk (Norwegian)
II. Det forste mote (The First Meeting)
I. Springdans (Rustic Dance)
II. Baadn-laat - Vuggevise (Lullaby)
III. Springdans (Rustic Dance)
IV. Sjugur aa trollbrura - Folkevise (Popular Ditty)
V. Halling
VI. Guten aa gjenta paa fjoshellen (The Lad and the Lass on the Barn Floor)
I. Arietta
II. Vals (Waltz)
III. Vektersang (Watchman's song)
IV. Alfedans (Fairydance)
V. Folkevise (Folksong)
VI. Norsk (Norweigan)
VII. Albumblad (Album Leaf)
VIII. Fedrelandssang (National Song)
I. Berceuse
II. Folkevise (Folksong)
III. Melodi (Melody)
IV. Halling
V. Springdans
VI. Elegi (Elegy)
VII. Vals (Waltz)
VIII. Kanon (Canon)
I. Sommerfugl (Butterfly)
II. Ensom vandrer (Solitary Traveller)
III. I hjemmet (In my native Country)
IV. Smafugl (Little bird)
V. Erotikk (Erotikon)
VI. Til varen (To Spring)
I. Valse-Impromptu
II. Albumblad (Album Leaf)
III. Melodi (Melody)
IV. Halling
V. Melankoli (Melancholy)
VI. Springdans
VII. Elegi (Elegy)


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