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Grieg: Norwegian Dances, Ballade, Etc / Engeset, Royal Scottish NO


Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557854   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This disc is wholly delightful. Perhaps the most exciting "find" is Geirr Tveitt's orchestration of Ballade, which sounds amazingly like--Geirr Tveitt! It's gorgeous. Tveitt maximizes the color and contrast in each unfolding variation, giving the music much more variety than most pianists manage to project when playing the original version. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Bjarte Engeset plays the work magnificently, clearly relishing its melodic freshness and sonic allure.

The other items are more familiar, including the popular Norwegian Dances in Hans Sitt's vividly idiomatic scoring. Oistein Sommerfeldt's arrangement of three of the Slåtter pieces also
Read more is a very appealing novelty, one apparently new to disc. The program concludes with Bell Ringing, one of Grieg's most evocative and impressionistic pieces. There's no need to go on at length: everyone loves this music (or should), and the combination of spontaneous, winning interpretations, terrific playing, great sound, and the rarity of some of the arrangements makes this offering completely irresistible.

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

1.
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. 
Notes: Arranger: Oistein Sommerfeldt.
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2005 - 05/03/2005) 
2.
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. 
Notes: Arranger: Oistein Sommerfeldt.
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2005 - 05/03/2005) 
3.
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. 
Notes: Arranger: Oistein Sommerfeldt.
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2005 - 05/03/2005) 
4.
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. 
Notes: Arranger: Hans Sitt.
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2005 - 05/03/2005) 
5.
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. 
Notes: Arranger: Johan Halvorsen.
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2005 - 05/03/2005)
Composition written: Norway (1866).
Composition revised: Norway (1878). 
6.
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. 
Notes: Arranger: Johan Halvorsen.
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2005 - 05/03/2005)
Composition written: Norway (1870 - 1871).
Composition revised: Norway (1894). 
7.
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. 
Notes: Arranger: Geirr Tveitt.
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2005 - 05/03/2005) 
8.
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. 
Notes: Arranger: Anton Seidl.
Version: 1904
Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (05/02/2005 - 05/03/2005) 

Sound Samples

Slatter (Norwegian Dances), Op. 72: No. 8. Bruremarsch (etter Myllarguten) (Wedding March after Myllarguten)
Slatter (Norwegian Dances), Op. 72: No. 4. Haugelat: Halling (Halling from The Fairy Hill)
Slatter (Norwegian Dances), Op. 72: No. 2. John Vestafes springdans (Jon Vestafe's Springar)
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (arr. for orchestra): No. 1. Allegro marcato
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (arr. for orchestra): No. 2. Allegretto tranquillo e grazioso
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (arr. for orchestra): No. 3. Allegro moderato alla marcia
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (arr. for orchestra): No. 4. Allegro molto
Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak, EG 107 (arr. J. Halvorsen)
3 Pictures from life in the country, Op. 19 (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 (arr. E. Grieg and A. Seidl): Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: No. 6. Klokkeklang (Ringing Bells) (arr. E. Grieg and A. Seidl)

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