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Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Janina Fialkowska


Release Date: 05/12/2015 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22696   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Each generation of pianists contains at least a handful of artists who take the time to delve into Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, such as Walter Gieseking, Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Aldo Ciccolini, Leif Ove Andsnes, and, most recently, Stephen Hough. Janina Fialkowska more than holds her own in such company with 25 pieces that reveal her gifts for lyric simplicity and vivid mood painting.

These qualities informed her Chopin Mazurkas cycle, and it’s not surprising to find the Op. 12 No. 5 Popular Melody’s mazurka-like rhythms pointed up with likeminded stylistic flair. She vividly contrasts the Op. 38 No. 7 Waltz’s gracefully rounded phrases and harder-hitting passages. Brooklet rarely has sounded so supple and shimmering, while
Read more Fialkowska underlines the Norwegian Dance’s modal spice with knowing understatement, and Once Upon a Time’s narrative flow unfolds as if the music were playing itself. By contrast, the Canon’s imitative voices take on individual timbres that must have taken Fialkowska much time and consideration to realize in sound.

Because Fialkowska and Hough have 14 selections in common, I couldn’t resist making comparisons, such as her dry and clipped reading of Salon alongside Hough’s more liberally-pedaled traversal. Fialkowska takes the outer sections of March of the Trolls considerably slower than Hough, but inflects the central major-key episode with more intensity. By contrast, she allows less leeway for rubato in Notturno than Hough, yet imbues Sylph with giddier characterization. And her rapidly tossed-off Butterfly is more fleetingly impressionistic next to Hough’s comparably lithe yet more fastidiously articulated upward scales. It’s a tossup between both pianists’ equally wistful and flexible treatments of the Op. 71 No. 7 Remembrances based on the Arietta that opens both recitals. The bottom line is that Janina Fialkowska plays Grieg with intelligence, insight, and care, to say nothing of her beautiful sound and superb technique. As my mother used to say, “that’s not chopped liver.” Recommended.

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

1.
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12: 1. Arietta by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12: 5. Popular melody by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38: 1. Berceuse by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1877-1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38: 7. Waltz by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1877-1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38: 8. Canon by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1877-1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6.
Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. Op. 43: 1. Butterfly by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7.
Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. Op. 43: 4. Little bird by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47: 2. Album leaf by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47: 3. Melody by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10.
Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47: 4. Norwegian dance by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
11.
Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: 3. March of the trolls by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54: 4. Notturno by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
13.
Lyric Pieces, Book 6 Op. 57: 2. Gade by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1893; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14.
Lyric Pieces, Book 7, Op. 62: 1. Sylph by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1895 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
15.
Lyric Pieces, Book 7, Op. 62: 4. Brooklet by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1895 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
16.
Lyric Pieces, Book 7, Op. 62: 6. Homeward by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1895 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
17.
Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65: 4. Salon by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
18.
Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65: 6. Wedding day at Troldhaugen by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
19.
Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68: 3. At your feet by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
20.
Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68: 4. Evening in the Mountains by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
21.
Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68: 5. At the Cradle by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
22.
Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71: 1. Once upon a time by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
23.
Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71: 2. Summer's eve by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
24.
Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71: 3. Puck by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
25.
Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71: 7. Remembrances by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901 
Date of Recording: 10/2014 
Venue:  Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québ 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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