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Grieg: Complete Orchestral Works / Engeset


Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 508015  
Composer:  Edvard GriegEdmund Neupert
Performer:  Inger Dam-JensenPalle KnudsenHåvard Gimse
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony OrchestraMalmo Chamber ChoirMalmö Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Length: 8 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Choices, choices! Ole Kristian Ruud’s superb Grieg box on BIS was and remains a reference for this music, and it is just a smidgen more technically polished than these otherwise excellent performances. However, Engeset has a couple of points in his favor that may weigh significantly with collectors who don’t want to lay out the funds for both eight-CD sets (I did, and I don’t regret it). First, Engeset features even more orchestral music than Grieg actually wrote. To be fair, everyone does. The Norwegian Dances, for example, were orchestrated by Hans Sitt, and there are other short works scored by everyone from Anton Seidl to Johan Halvorsen.

Read more Engeset, however, offers two welcome novelties: three of the Slatter orchestrated by Oistein Sommerfeldt, and most interesting of all, the massive Ballade for piano arranged for large orchestra by 20th century Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt. This massively scored transcription really brings out the music’s tragic power, and it’s very intensely performed by Engeset and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The other advantage that Engeset has over Ruud is a finer soloist for the piano concerto in Havard Gimse. Noriko Ogawa, on BIS, is perfectly fine as far as she goes, but Gimse goes quite a bit farther in terms of imaginative phrasing and tone color.

Otherwise, the two sets are very equally matched. Both conductors sound equally at home in the music, with versions of the Symphony, Norwegian Dances, Old Norwegian Romance with Variations, and Symphonic Dances that are equally persuasive and equally well performed. The Peer Gynt incidental music comes complete on both sets, and is played, sung, and spoken to the hilt. Vocal soloists (Inger Dam-Jensen in the Six Orchestral Songs) are fully involved and fully comparable. In most of the shorter pieces, direct comparison often reveals timings within a few seconds of each other (Bell Ringing is an exception, with Engeset notably slower than Ruud). What the heck, just get both.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Introduction by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
2.
Olav Trygvason, Op. 50 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
3.
Landkjending, Op. 31 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmo Chamber Choir
Period: Romantic 
4.
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: The northern people will wander by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
5.
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Horn Signals by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
6.
Resignation by Edmund Neupert
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
7.
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: The King's Song by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
8.
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Intermezzo by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
9.
Olav Trygvason, Op. 50: Scenes by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmö Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
10.
Norwegian Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 63 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1895; Norway 
11.
Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 53 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
12.
Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1904; Norway 
13.
Lyric Pieces (2) for Strings by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
14.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
15.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
16.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Chamber Choir,  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
17.
At a southern convent's gate, Op. 20 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Chamber Choir,  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Norway 
18.
Bergliot, Op. 42 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1885; Norway 
19.
Songs (4), Op. 21: no 1, The first meeting by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Norway 
20.
Mountain thrall, Op. 32 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Palle Knudsen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Norway 
21.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 11, Solvejg's Song [Orchestral version] by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
22.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 23, Solvejg's cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
23.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 1, From Monte Pincio by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Norway 
24.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
25.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34: no 2, Last spring by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
26.
Norway, Op. 58: no 3, Henrik Wergeland by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Palle Knudsen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
27.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
28.
Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
29.
Symphony in C minor, EG 119 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Denmark 
30.
Old Norwegian Romance with Variations for 2 Pianos, Op. 51 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
31.
Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite, Op. 56 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872/1892; Norway 
32.
Norwegian Peasant Dances (17) for Piano, Op. 72: no 8, Bridal march by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Norway 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
33.
Norwegian Peasant Dances (17) for Piano, Op. 72: no 4, Halling from the hills by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Norway 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
34.
Norwegian Peasant Dances (17) for Piano, Op. 72: no 2, John Vaestafae's Springdans by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Norway 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
35.
Norwegian Dances (4) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 35 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 17 Minutes 34 Secs. 
36.
Funeral March in Memory of Richard Nordraak, EG 107 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
37.
Pictures (3) from life in the country, Op. 19: no 2, The bridal procession passes by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
38.
Ballade for Piano in G minor, Op. 24 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Norway 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 19 Minutes 35 Secs. 
39.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 6, Bellringing by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
40.
In Autumn for Piano 4 hands, Op. 11 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Rome, Italy 
41.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Håvard Gimse (Piano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
42.
Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 

Sound Samples

In Autumn Overture, Op. 11*: In Autumn, Op. 11
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: I. Allegro moderato e marcato
Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: II. Allegretto grazioso
Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: III. Allegro giocoso
Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: IV. Andante - Allegro risoluto
Slatter (Norwegian Dances), Op. 72 (arr. O. Sommerfeldt): No. 8. Bruremarsch (etter Myllarguten) (Wedding March after Myllarguten)
Slatter (Norwegian Dances), Op. 72 (arr. O. Sommerfeldt): No. 4. Haugelat: Halling (Halling from The Fairy Hill)
Slatter (Norwegian Dances), Op. 72 (arr. O. Sommerfeldt): No. 2. John Vestafes springdans (Jon Vestafe's Springar)
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (arr. H. Sitt): No. 1. Allegro marcato
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (arr. H. Sitt): No. 2. Allegretto tranquillo e grazioso
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (arr. H. Sitt): No. 3. Allegro moderato alla marcia
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (arr. H. Sitt): No. 4. Allegro molto
Sorgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak (Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak), EG 107 (arr. J. Halvorsen): Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak, EG 107 (arr. J. Halvorsen)
Folkelivsbilleder, Op. 19: No. 2. Brudefolget drager forbi (Bridal Procession) (arr. J. Halvorsen)
Ballade in G Minor, Op. 24 (arr. G. Tveitt): Ballade, Op. 24 (arr. G. Tveitt)
Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: No. 6. Bell Ringing (arr. E. Grieg): Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: No. 6. Klokkeklang (Ringing Bells) (arr. E. Grieg and A. Seidl)

Customer Reviews

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 Grieg's Orchestral Works July 25, 2014 By Kenneth W A. (WOODEND, Victoria) See All My Reviews "Prior to buying this boxed collection the only music I knew of Grieg was his Peer Gynt Suites which are universally known. I am more than pleased that I bought this set, it has given me a good introduction to his music and I would recommend to anybody who needs an introduction to Grieg to consider purchasing it. The Malmo and Royal Scottish National Orchestra's give an excellent interpretation of his works. Having visited his house and studio in Bergen I can understand where he got his inspiration from to write music. The views from the house and studio are out of this world." Report Abuse
 Pleasing June 27, 2014 By D. Bevin (La Honda, CA) See All My Reviews "I found this to be a wonderful collection. The "natural" feel by the Malmo orchestra/Engeset conductor for the wonderful works of Grieg are a refreshing and very pleasing to any collection. The voices are recording is of a very high standard, with a live presence that is enjoyable. Voices are forward and clear without overloading the recording. I am not a great opera fan, preferring orchestral works but I thoroughly enjoyed this Peer Gynt." Report Abuse
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