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Ballad For Edvard Grieg / Leif Ove Andsnes, Et Al


Release Date: 08/28/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 94399   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To mark the centennial of Grieg's death in 1907, EMI has reissued Leif Ove Andsnes' 2002 A minor concerto with Mariss Jansons and the Berlin Philharmonic (originally coupled with the Schumann A minor) alongside six Lyric Pieces culled from 2001 sessions recorded on Grieg's piano on location at the composer's villa in Troldhaugen. I reviewed their original CD incarnations for Classicstoday.com, and if anything my favorable comments ring truer with time. However, a July, 2007 recording of the G minor Ballade provides a new and welcome addition to Andsnes' discography.

In contrast to the uncluttered sentiment and fiery bravura that distinguish the Ballade's classic historic recordings by Leopold Godowsky and Arthur Rubinstein,
Read more Andsnes looks the music's darker undercurrents squarely in the eye, as his rather austere yet beautifully shaded shaping of the folk-song theme reveals. Notice also the yearning quality Andsnes brings to Variation Two's descending two-note phrases while at the same time bathing the background filigree in ravishing colors.

At first Variation Four scintillates less than you'd expect, but the extra kick and characterization in the left hand's juicy cross-rhythms more than compensate. The Liszt-like climaxes manage to exude both impulsive energy and aristocratic refinement, with Andsnes holding out that strange, disruptive low E-flat forever and a day. To be sure, collectors who want the Ballade but already own the aforementioned concerto and Lyric Pieces discs may not wish to shell out full price for just 19-plus minutes of new material. That, dear readers, is why I take digital downloads seriously!

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (12/20/2002 - 12/22/2002) 
2.
Ballade for Piano in G minor, Op. 24 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Norway 
Date of Recording: 07/15/2007 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57: no 6, Homesickness by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 6, Homeward by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 6, Wedding day at Trolhaugen by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 4, Evening in the Mountain by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 7, Remembrances by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Ballade in G Minor, Op.24
Ballade in G Minor, Op.24
Lyric Pieces, Op.57 (Book 6): No.6 Homesickness (Heimweh)
Lyric Pieces, Op.57 (Book 6): No.6 Homesickness (Heimweh)
Lyric Pieces, Op.62 (Book 7): No.6 Homeward (Hjemad)
Lyric Pieces, Op.62 (Book 7): No.6 Homeward (Hjemad)
Lyric Pieces, Op.68 (Book 9): No.5 Cradle song (Bådnlåt)
Lyric Pieces, Op.68 (Book 9): No.5 Cradle song (Bådnlåt)
Lyric Pieces, Op.65 (Book 8): No.6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen)
Lyric Pieces, Op.65 (Book 8): No.6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen)
Lyric Pieces, Op.68 (Book 9): No.4 Evening in the mountains (Aften på höjfeldet)
Lyric Pieces, Op.68 (Book 9): No.4 Evening in the mountains (Aften på höjfeldet)
Lyric Pieces, Op.71 (Book 10): No.7 Remembrances (Efterklang)
Lyric Pieces, Op.71 (Book 10): No.7 Remembrances (Efterklang)
Humoresque in G Sharp Minor, Op.6 No.2

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 Wonderful January 17, 2013 By Bernard Berridge (Moss Beach, CA) See All My Reviews "This is the finest rendition of Grieg's piano music that I have ever listened to!" Report Abuse
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