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Grieg: Piano Concerto & Peer Gynt / Bavouzet, Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic

Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5190  
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jean-Efflam BavouzetJohannes WeisserAnn-Helen MoenLise Davidsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This much awaited recording offers keenly idiomatic performances of the most famous works by Grieg, played by the composer’s own orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, and its Chief Conductor, Edward Gardner. The drama and passion of such favourite pieces as the incidental music to Peer Gynt and the Piano Concerto are superbly captured in surround-sound with exemplary Chandos sound quality. Unlike most existing recordings, offering only the orchestral suites, this disc presents numerous extra excerpts from Peer Gynt, which follow the sequence of Henrik Ibsen‘s dramatic poem, including sections for the unique Norwegian 'Hardanger Fiddle’. Having collaborated with the orchestra on several occasions, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is the soloist in the Read more Piano Concerto, a piece that stands out as a shining example of a single great thought captured and expressed in music. The power of this conception is evident throughout the concerto in the pianist’s faithful, yet highly romantic interpretation.



In the Piano Concerto, Gardner brings to the table flair, drive, and an almost Tchaikovskian lushness to the string sound, which matches well Bavouzet's commanding manner in the piano's opening flourish. Bavouzet bewitches in the slow movement, not just in the clarity of his lines but also in the sense of ebb and flow. He fully claims his status as a supreme virtuoso in the work's finale.

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Peer Gynt, Op. 23 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Johannes Weisser (Baritone), Ann-Helen Moen (Soprano), Lise Davidsen (Soprano),
Victoria Nava (Soprano), Hakon Hogemo (Hardanger Fiddle)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 

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 Marvelous February 23, 2018 By Gail Buckenham (Kingston, ON) See All My Reviews "Peer gynt was part of my childhood and brought back lovely memories" Report Abuse
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