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Grieg: The Complete Orchestral Music


Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1740/2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Noriko OgawaHåkan HagegårdGorild MausethTrond Halstein Moe,   ... 
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic OrchestraBergen Philharmonic Choir Male VoicesSeim Songkor,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


At eight discs for the price of three, this is a great set and a great bargain. It has basically ruled the Grieg marketplace for the past few years, but now that Engeset’s Naxos box is also available collectors are spoiled for choice in this music, for both are equally fine. There are some really spectacular things here: an amazing set of the complete incidental music to Peer Gynt, a gorgeous disc of the music for strings (Holberg Suite and shorter works), the Six Orchestral Songs beautifully sung by Marita Solberg, and absolutely lovely versions of the Norwegian Dances, Lyric Suite, the complete incidental music to Sigurd Jorsalfar (containing much
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Ruud also offers a lively and characterful performance of the early and not terribly interesting Symphony in C minor. Noriko Ogawa in the Piano Concerto is sensitive and direct, but not nearly as imaginative as the best versions on disc (Andsnes, or Havard Gimse for Engeset). It’s an enjoyable performance, though, and taken in context it doesn’t detract in any way from Ruud’s achievement. As we have come to expect from BIS, the sonics are drop-dead gorgeous, and as compared to Naxos the presence of a single orchestra throughout–the excellent Bergen Philharmonic–offers a level of technical consistency that Engeset can’t quite match, impressive though he undoubtedly is. In short, this is about as good as we have any right to expect.

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

1. In Autumn Overture, Op. 11 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1887; Norway 
2. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Noriko Ogawa (Piano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
3. Symphony in C minor, EG 119 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Denmark 
4. Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bergen Philharmonic Choir Male Voices,  Seim Songkor  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
Language: Norwegian 
5. Landkjending, Op. 31 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bergen Philharmonic Choir Male Voices,  Seim Songkor  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Language: Norwegian 
6. Bergliot, Op. 42 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Gorild Mauseth (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1885; Norway 
Language: Norwegian 
7. Funeral March in Memory of Richard Nordraak, EG 107 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
8. Mountain thrall, Op. 32 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Norway 
Language: Norwegian 
9. Olav Trygvason, Op. 50 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Trond Halstein Moe (Baritone), Ingebjörg Kosmo (Mezzo Soprano), Marita Solberg (Soprano),
Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Voci Nobili Vocal Ensemble,  Bergen Philharmonic Choir  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
Length: 34 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
10. At a southern convent's gate, Op. 20 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Ingebjörg Kosmo (Mezzo Soprano), Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Voci Nobili Vocal Ensemble,  Bergen Philharmonic Choir  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Norway 
Length: 10 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
11. Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 18, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Marita Solberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Norway 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
12. Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 23, Solvejg's cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Marita Solberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
13. Romances (6), Op. 39: no 1, From Monte Pincio by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Marita Solberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
14. Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Marita Solberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
15. Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 2, Spring by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Marita Solberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Length: 8 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
16. Norway, Op. 58: no 3, Henrik Wergeland by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Marita Solberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
17. Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 9, At Rundarne by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Marita Solberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
18. Peer Gynt, Op. 23 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Arve Moen Bergset (Hardanger Fiddle), Hilde Haraldsen Sveen (Soprano), Marita Solberg (Spoken Vocals),
Marita Solberg (Soprano), Kari Simonsen (Spoken Vocals), Kari Postma (Soprano),
Ilkka Leppänen (Bass Baritone), Torbjorn Gulbrandsoy (Baritone), Bjorn Willberg Andersen (Spoken Vocals),
Andrea Braein Hovig (Spoken Vocals), Ståle Bjornhaug (Spoken Vocals), Svein Sturla Hungnes (Spoken Vocals),
Ingebjörg Kosmo (Mezzo Soprano), Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kor Vest
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: AFT 2003 
Length: 112 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
19. Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
20. Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
21. Funeral March in Memory of Richard Nordraak, EG 107 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
22. Old Norwegian Romance with Variations for 2 Pianos, Op. 51 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
23. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 6, Bellringing by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
24. From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Length: 19 Minutes 58 Secs. 
25. Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
26. Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 53 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
27. Norwegian Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 63 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1895; Norway 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
28. Lyric Pieces (2) for Strings by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
29. Norwegian Dances (4) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 35 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
30. Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 
31. Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1904; Norway 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony in C minor: III. Intermezzo: Allegro energico
From Holberg's Time (Holberg Suite): I. Prelude
Symphonic Dances: No 1: Allegro moderato e marcato

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