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Grieg: Lyric Music / Booth, Glynn


Release Date: 09/06/2019 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2403  
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire BoothChristopher Glynn
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following their acclaimed collaboration in Percy Grainger’s Folk Music, soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn turn to the Lyric Music of Edvard Grieg, an apt sequel as the elder composer befriended Grainger- who idolized the Norwegian’s folkloric idiom- immediately on their first encounter in London in 1906. Interspersing intimate vocal miniatures with lyrical solo piano pieces, Claire and Christopher mirror many of the programmes that Grieg and his wife Nina performed on their many recital tours together. Each of the works on Lyric Music tells a story as does the album as a whole ranging in mood from bright, youthful innocence to shades of autumnal twilight. Sung in the original Norwegian, Claire’s and Christopher’s Read more performances are as evocative as Norway’s varied landscape.

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REVIEW:

The placing of the cycle Haugtussa in the middle of the programme is inspired. Booth here goes all out, capturing the yearnings and frustrations of the shepherd girl with a truly contemporary lack of inhibition. Such a performance and balance helps to push the still undervalued dramatic status of Haugtussa across any language barrier – and Booth also enjoys detail like the spiky sounds in the comic, and often cheeky, names of the girl’s goats in ‘The Kid’s Dance’.

This new recital, strongly recommended, contributes greatly to the catalogues as a kind of heightened guide both to Grieg’s song-writing and the still unsuspected range of his Lyric Pieces.

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Works on This Recording

1.
The White and Red, Red Roses, EG 137 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
2.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 6, Norwegian Dance by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
3.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 5, Folksong by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
4.
Songs (5), Op. 60: no 3, While I wait by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
5.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 1, Sylph by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 4, With a waterlily by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
7.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 1, Butterfly by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
8.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 3, Melody by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
9.
The princess, EG 133 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Norway 
10.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 2, Hidden love by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1873; Norway 
11.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 6, Homeward by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
12.
Haugtussa, Op. 67 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
13.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 5, Phantom by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
14.
Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; Norway 
15.
Elegiac Songs (6), Op. 59: no 1, When I die by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
16.
Songs (5), Op. 26: no 3, Ambition by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
17.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57: no 1, Vanished Days by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Norway 
18.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 5, At the bier of a young wife by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
19.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 6, Bellringing by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
20.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 3, Album verse by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Claire Booth (Soprano), Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
21.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 1, Arietta by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Christopher Glynn (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Norway 

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