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Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Nicholas Roth


Release Date: 12/11/2007 
Label:  Blue Griffin   Catalog #: 145   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


High quality recordings by lesser-known artists on small labels tend to fall between the cracks, unnoticed by the public and usually ignored by critics. However, Nicholas Roth's freshly minted, thoroughly authoritative performances of Grieg's complete Lyric Pieces demand serious consideration. He eschews the intimate, lyrically small-scaled style many pianists bring to this repertoire, revealing the music in a new light by way of his powerful projection, wide dynamic range, attention to detail, and aversion to sentimentality.

For example, "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen" often can sound thick and repetitious, yet Roth's clear, shapely articulation of the dense chords and
Read more off-beat accents add an extra dimension to the work's obvious tunefulness. Sample the "Little Bird" from the Op. 43 group, where the ornaments are dispatched with uncanny precision and subtle tonal gradations. Also notice how Roth plays "March of the Elves" as a bona fide, well-grounded march rather than subjecting it to the hustle and bustle we usually hear. Or listen to Roth's exquisitely controlled broken octaves, sense of long line, and firmly yet never rigidly-held tempo relationships in "From Days of Youth".

I wouldn't give up Antonio Pompa-Baldi's spontaneity and charm (Centaur), Aldo Ciccolini's nervous energy and brash underpinnings (Cascavelle), or Einer Steen Nokleberg's idiomatic narrative flow (Naxos); yet Blue Griffin's gorgeous reproduction of the pianist's full-bodied, colorful sonority decidedly tips the scale toward recommending Roth's Lyric Pieces cycle as a version of reference.

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

1.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 
2.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Length: 15 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 
3.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Length: 19 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 
4.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Length: 19 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 
5.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Length: 21 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 
6.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Norway 
Length: 22 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 
7.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Length: 14 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 
8.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Length: 21 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 
9.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Length: 16 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 
10.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Nicholas Roth (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Length: 20 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (06/04/2006 - 06/05/2006); Blue Griffin Recording Studio, Lansing, MI (08/06/2006 - 08/08/2006) 

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