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Grieg: Music For Strings / Barratt-due, Oslo Camerata


Release Date: 06/20/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557890   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The playing of the Oslo Camerata here is uniformly excellent: vibrant, rhythmically taut, and full of life, though the Holberg Suite really comes into its own when played by a full symphonic string section, as opposed to a smaller group. Stephan Barratt-Due secures swifter tempos than we usually hear from larger ensembles, but at some sacrifice of the music's sheer charm (particularly in the concluding Rigaudon). Barratt-Due also increases the (limited) opportunities for contrast in the primarily slow and quiet remainder of the program by separating the Two Elegiac Melodies Op. 34--a smart move--but he curiously omits the first of the Two Lyric Pieces Op. 68 in favor of Ase's Death from Peer Gynt. Since the disc only plays for a bit more Read more than 51 minutes, there was no earthly reason to leave anything out.

So if you want Grieg's complete music for string orchestra (and I assume everyone has the Peer Gynt music anyway), leaving aside performance issues and the question of price, the reference recording from Bergen on BIS remains the way to go. The fact that it's also an SACD may or may not count as an additional point in its favor. And speaking of missing items, the Naxos booklet includes only half of the notes as well, a printing error I assume will be corrected in due course! Still, if the program suits your fancy, these are recommendable performances, well engineered to boot.

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

1. From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Venue:  Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 18 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Edvard Grieg.
Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/25/2005 - 08/28/2005) 
2. Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34: no 2, Last spring by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Venue:  Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/25/2005 - 08/28/2005) 
3. Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 53 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Venue:  Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/25/2005 - 08/28/2005) 
4. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Venue:  Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Edvard Grieg.
Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/25/2005 - 08/28/2005) 
5. Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34: no 1, Wounded heart by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Venue:  Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/25/2005 - 08/28/2005) 
6. Norwegian Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 63 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1895; Norway 
Venue:  Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 10 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/25/2005 - 08/28/2005) 
7. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 2, Death of Ase by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Stephan Barratt-Due
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Venue:  Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Lommedalen Church, Oslo, Norway (08/25/2005 - 08/28/2005) 

Sound Samples

From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: I. Prelude: Allegro vivace
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: II. Sarabande: Andante
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: III. Gavotte: Allegretto - Musette: Poco piu mosso
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: IV. Air: Andante religioso
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: V. Rigaudon: Allegro con brio - Poco meno mosso
2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: No. 2. Varen (Last Spring)
2 Melodies, Op. 53: No. 1. Norsk (Norwegian)
2 Melodies, Op. 53: No. 2. De forste Mode (The First Meeting)
2 Lyric Pieces, Op. 68 (version for orchestra): 2 Lyric Pieces, Op. 68: No. 2. Badnlat (At the Cradle)
2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: No. 1. Hjertesar (The Wounded Heart)
2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63: No. 1. Folketonestil (In Folk Stye)
2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63: No. 2a. Kulok (Cow Call)
2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63: No. 2b. Stabbelaten (Peasant Dance)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46: II. Ases dod (The Death of Ase)

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