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Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Emil Gilels


Release Date: 03/11/1997 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 449721   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here, surely, is a classic recording, one of calibre and status for all time. Rarely can a great artist have declared his love with such touching candour. By his own admission Gilels discovered in Grieg’s Lyric Pieces a “whole world of intimate feeling” and at the 1974 sessions fought tirelessly to capture their intricate mix of innocence and experience. The results are of an unblemished purity, grace and contained eloquence. Listen to the silvery transparency he achieves at 0'42'' in Solitary traveller (and again 11 bars later), to bittersweet reverie resolved in total lucidity, or to Melody, where he turns the composer’s gentle allegretto into an acute sense of elegy, autumnal withdrawal and introspection. With what apparent ease he Read more locates the Scherzo’s central piu tranquillo, making it break like some magical dawn across the music’s hallucinatory flight. His realignment of voices at the end of Ballad captures precisely the way sadness turns to grief, to an eternal sense of loss, and – in supreme contrast – his Puck, taken at an electrifying pace, glints with malevolence as well as more acceptable pranks. At your feet, music which at times might be mistaken for one of Liszt’s late, dark-hued utterances, quivers with barely suppressed ardour and in the final Remembrances, where Grieg transforms his opening Arietta into the most subtle valediction, Gilels registers every nuance and modulation with an astonishing yet unobtrusive sensitivity.

Never can Debussy’s sniping estimate of Grieg, “a pink bonbon filled with snow” (or DG’s dreary accompanying notes), have seemed wider of the mark. The recordings remain as impeccable as the playing. This is a disc for everyone’s desert island.

-- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone [2/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 1, Arietta by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
2.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 1, Berceuse by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
3.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 1, Butterfly by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
4.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 2, Lonely Wanderer by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
5.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 2, Albumblatt by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
6.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 3, Melody by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
7.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 4, Halling by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
8.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 4, Notturno by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
9.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 5, Scherzo by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
10.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57: no 6, Homesickness by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
11.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 4, Brooklet by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
12.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 6, Homeward by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
13.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 5, In Ballad Style by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
14.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 2, Grandmother's Minuet by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
15.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 3, At Your Feet by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
16.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
17.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 1, Once upon a Time by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
18.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 3, Puck by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
19.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 6, Gone by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 
20.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 7, Remembrances by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Emil Gilels (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 06/1974 

Sound Samples

Lyric Pieces, Op.12: 1. Arietta
Lyric Pieces, op.38: 1. Berceuse
Lyric Pieces III, Op.43: 1. Butterfly
Lyric Pieces III, Op.43: 2. Solitary traveller
Lyric Pieces IV, Op.47: No. 2 Albumblatt
Lyric Pieces IV, Op.47: No. 3 Melodie
Lyric Pieces IV, Op.47: No. 4 Halling
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: 4. Notturno
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: 5. Scherzo
Lyric Pieces, op.57: 6. Heimweh
Lyric Pieces VII, Op.62: No. 4 Baekken (Brooklet)
Lyric Pieces VII, Op.62: No. 6 Hjemad (Homeward)
Lyric Pieces, op.65: 5. In ballad vein
Lyric Pieces, op.68: 2. Grandmother's Minuet
Lyric Pieces, op.68: 3. At your feet
Lyric Pieces, op.68: 5. At the cradle
Lyric Pieces Op.71: 1. Once upon a time
Lyric Pieces Op.71: 3. Puck
Lyric Pieces Op.71: 6. Gone
Lyric Pieces Op.71: 7. Remembrances

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Excellent collection August 22, 2014 By John D. (Amherst, MA) See All My Reviews "I have this as well as Richter's Live Classics collection. I prefer Gilels slightly, but would not want to do without either. They overlap on seven of the pieces--about one third of each recording." Report Abuse
 Pianistic Perfection March 19, 2013 By Walter Charles (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "I've loved the Grieg lyric pieces all my life, first as a piano student, now in my later years, simply as a lover of classical music, especially music for the piano. My first copy of this CD was damaged; I immediately bought a replacement, and what a delight to hear it again! Gilels shows his gentler side in these pieces; the music always comes first. This recording is like a visit from an old friend; its gentle perfection will stay with you long after the last piece has faded away. Bravo, Mr. Gilels!" Report Abuse
 Gilels and Grieg. Marvelous December 4, 2012 By M. Hereish (Chandler, QC) See All My Reviews "Super recording. I listen and listen again..." Report Abuse
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