Very old recordings have the extraordinary ability to link us to past composers by association. Arthur De Greef, born in 1862, studied with Liszt and was a friend of Edvard Grieg, working closely with the latter on performances of his A minor Concerto. The same De Greef lived to make sound recordings in the 1920's. Amazing as it seems, we may on our modern CD players listen to a performance of Grieg's Concerto by a pianist whose previous experience included Grieg as conductor in 1889! The playing by De Greef is interesting also in a musicological sense: the stylistic choices are different than the norm today. Double octaves take on a broader significance (as heard easily in the opening of the A minor Concerto), rubato is more frequent,Read more ornaments more stylish. And of course, De Greef's playing is excellent. Original, emotionally expressive, (at the occasional expense of accuracy, a somewhat refreshing "live" feel), as in his Chopin performances. Also unique here, is the music of Moszkowski, seldom heard these days. This is a fortunate aural glimpse of a musical past. Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16by Edvard Grieg Performer:
Arthur De Greef (Piano)
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1868/1907; Norway Date of Recording: 01/18/1927 Length: 27 Minutes 31 Secs.
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