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Grieg: Works For Piano Vol 5 / Pompa-baldi


Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 2800   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Antonio Pompa-Baldi's ongoing Grieg cycle for Centaur goes from strength to strength, as Volume 5 demonstrates. Indeed, no other complete recording of the 25 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances Op. 17 touches this pianist's readings for idiomatic flair and enlivening details. Pompa-Baldi's rhythmic gusto and shapely bass lines put a virile spin on pieces that many pianists prettify to the point of emasculation. The two Op. 37 Waltz Caprices boast the kind of nervous energy and lack of surface sentiment that we experience from Grieg's own piano recordings, faded sound and all. Furthermore, Pompa-Baldi commands that rare gift for hitting upon the right tempos that put the dance-inspired selections' best feet forward (all puns intended). Centaur's Read more bright, slightly "toppy" engineering may reflect the less-than-ideal instrument at the pianist's disposal, but that shouldn't discourage piano lovers from appreciating Pompa-Baldi's enchanting, intelligent artistry. Recommended. [1/19/2007]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Norwegian Folksongs and Dances (25) for Piano, Op. 17 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 27 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (12/20/2004 - 12/22/2004) 
2. Waltz-Caprices (2) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 37 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (12/20/2004 - 12/22/2004) 
3. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Introduction by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1874
Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (12/20/2004 - 12/22/2004) 
4. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Borghild's Dream by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1874
Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (12/20/2004 - 12/22/2004) 
5. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22: Ceremonial March by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 9 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1874
Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (12/20/2004 - 12/22/2004) 
6. Norwegian Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 63 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1895; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 12 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (12/20/2004 - 12/22/2004) 
7. Olav Trygvason, Op. 50: Prayer by 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a medley which includes "Olav Trygvason, Op. 50: Prayer" by Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907) and "Olav Trygvason, Op. 50: Temple Dance" by Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907).
Version: 1893Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (12/20/2004 - 12/22/2004) 

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