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Grieg: Choir Music / Pedersen, Norwegian Soloists Choir


Release Date: 11/27/2007 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1661   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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GRIEG Choir Music Grete Pedersen, cond; Det Norske Solistkor BIS 1661 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 60:22 Text and Translation)


Ved Rondane. Jeg Lagde mig så sildig. Two Religious Choral Songs. Margaret’s Cradle Song. Kveldssang for Read more Blakken. Landkjenning. Våren. I Folketone. 4 Psalms


I suppose there might be some Fanfare readers who don’t like singing. Those might well be the only people I can imagine not finding this disc attractive. Here is an hour of beautiful, imaginative, individualistic choral music, beautifully sung and recorded. Much of the music here was a discovery for me, though there are some familiar Grieg pieces in choral arrangements (by others, not by Grieg). Those arrangements are tasteful and completely idiomatic, and one could easily imagine Grieg approving them.


The Four Psalms , op. 74, is the principal discovery here. These are Grieg’s final compositions, and they are masterful settings. These are among his few religious works, and he was not in fact a religious person. His widow, Nina, indicated that these works did not represent a late-life conversion, but were Grieg’s response to Lindeman’s collection of Norwegian folk melodies, of which these are settings. Whatever the inspiration, these are remarkable, gripping, harmonically daring, and extremely beautiful settings.


This disc is a delight—and produced with typical BIS thoroughness. Rune Andersen’s notes are very informative and thorough, there are complete texts and translations, and the recording heard in standard two-channel stereo is stunningly clear and natural. Det Norske Solistkor (The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir) has been in existence since 1950, and Grete Pedersen is only its second director, having assumed that position in 1990. The 26 singers are all professionals, and they sound it. The solo and ensemble work heard on this disc is exemplary.


There isn’t really direct competition for this disc. A lovely recording on Chandos (9767) features choral music of Grieg and Niels Gade, including some of the repertoire here. I’m fortunate enough to have both discs and don’t have to give one up, which would be difficult—but if forced to choose I’d pick this one because each piece is a true gem.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 1, Once upon a Time by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
2.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 9, At Rundarne by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Composer: Edvard Grieg. 
3.
Album for Male Chorus, Op. 30: no 1, I lay down so late by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Composition written: Norway (1877 - 1878). 
4.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 5, At the bier of a young wife by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
5.
Ave maris stella, EG 150 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Romances (4), Op. 15: no 1, Margaret's cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
7.
Children's songs (7), Op. 61: no 5, Dobbin's good-night song by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Composition written: Norway (1894 - 1895). 
8.
Landkjending, Op. 31 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Version: 1881
Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1872).
Composition revised: Norway (1881). 
9.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 2, Spring by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
10.
Psalms (4), Op. 74 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Grete Pedersen Helgerod
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Norway 
Length: 26 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 

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