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Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Leif Ove Andsnes


Release Date: 03/12/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57296   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Norwegian pianists are expected to play Grieg just as all American pianists are deemed born to play Gershwin. That's not true, of course, but in fact Leif Ove Andsnes happens to be Norwegian and displays a genuine affinity for the uplifting lyricism, gentle swagger, and harmonic felicities of Grieg's Lyric Pieces. Andsnes has recorded a well-rounded selection of 24 on Grieg's own piano, on location so to speak, at the composer's villa in Troldhaugen. The instrument sounds like a modern concert grand whose higher register speaks in a slightly nasal twang. Presumably to preserve the musty aura of pianos past, EMI's engineers favor a microphone placement that puts a premium on room ambience but renders a diffuse rather than solidly detailed Read more piano tone. It's not as murky as Nimbus' notorious "ambisonic" engineering, but it's within spitting distance.


Fortunately, Andsnes' artistry transcends my sonic gripes. Compared to his earlier recordings of the March of the Trolls and Wedding Day at Troldhaugen for Virgin Classics, Andsnes no longer pounds out Grieg's louder passages with aggressive insistence, and he refrains from making cute diminuendos when Grieg doesn't write them in. Paradoxically, Andsnes' heightened sense of expressive economy underlines more of the music's fiber and nervous energy. Many pianists, for example, sing out the 1897 Arietta (Op. 12 No. 1) and its more complex 1901 rewrite (Op. 71 No. 7) in dreamy arcs, yet Andsnes' terser approach tosses the doilies and chochkes out of ye olde drawing room. Many fine Grieg recitals have crossed my reviewing desk, but few supplant Emil Gilels' classic reference recording on DG. Warmly recommended.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 1, Arietta by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 2, Waltz by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 5, Folksong by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12: no 6, Norwegian Dance by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 6, Elegy by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 7, Waltz by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
7.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 8, Canon by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 3, Melody by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 2, Summer Evening by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 3, Troll's March by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 4, Notturno by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
12.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57: no 2, Gade by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
13.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57: no 3, Illusion by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
14.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57: no 6, Homesickness by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
15.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 1, Sylph by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
16.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 4, Brooklet by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
17.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 5, Phantom by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
18.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62: no 6, Homeward by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
19.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65: no 6, Wedding day at Trolhaugen by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
20.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 3, At Your Feet by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
21.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 4, Evening in the Mountain by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
22.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
23.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 6, Gone by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
24.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 7, Remembrances by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 12/2001 
Venue:  Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Lyric pieces Op.12: No.1 Arietta
Lyric pieces Op.12: No.2 Waltz
Lyric pieces Op.12: No.6 Norwegian Melody
Lyric pieces Op.12: No.5 Folk Melody
Lyric Pieces Op.38: No.8 Canon
Lyric Pieces Op.38: No.6 Elegy
Lyric Pieces Op.38: No.7 Waltz
Lyric Pieces, Bk IV Op. 47: Lyric Pieces Op.47:No.3 Melody
Lyric Pieces, Bk V Op. 54: Lyric Pieces Op.54: No. 3 March of the Trolls (Troldtog)
Lyric Pieces, Bk V Op. 54: Lyric Pieces Op.54:No. 4 Notturno
Lyric Pieces, Bk VI Op. 57: Lyric Pieces Op.57: No. 2 Gade
Lyric Pieces, Bk VI Op. 57: Lyric Pieces Op.57: No. 3 Illusion
Lyric Pieces, Bk VI Op. 57: Lyric Pieces Op.57: No. 6 Homesickness (Heimweh)
Lyric Pieces, Bk VII Op. 62: Lyric Pieces Op.62: No. 6 Homeward (Hjemad)
Lyric Pieces, Bk VII Op. 62: Lyric Pieces Op.62: No. 4 The Brook (Baekken)
Lyric Pieces, Bk VII Op. 62: Lyric Pieces : Op.62: No. 5 Phantom (Drömmesyn)
Lyric Pieces, Bk VII Op. 62: Lyric Pieces Op.62: No. 1 Sylph (Sylfide)
Lyric Pieces, Bk IX Op. 68: Lyric Pieces Op.68: No. 5 Cradle song (Bådnlåt)
Lyric Pieces, Bk VIII Op. 65: Lyric Pieces Op.65: No. 6 Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen)
Lyric Pieces, Bk IX Op. 68: Lyric Pieces Op.68: No. 4 Evening in the mountains (Aften på höjfeldet)
Lyric Pieces, Bk IX Op. 68: Lyric Pieces Op.68: No. 3 At your feet (For dine födder)
Lyric Pieces, Bk X Op. 71: Lyric Pieces Op.71: No. 2 Summer evening (Sommeraften)
Lyric Pieces, Bk X Op. 71: Lyric Pieces Op.71: No. 6 Gone (Forbi)
Lyric Pieces, Bk X Op. 71: Lyric Pieces Op.71: No. 7 Remembrances (Efterklang)

Customer Reviews

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 Leif Ove Andsnes Massages the Mind September 3, 2012 By James Kendall (Kentfield, CA) See All My Reviews "Ever since, years ago, a radio program announcer - I believe it was Kimberlea Daggy - repeatedly aired Leif Ove Andsnes (a melodic name) playing the piano; and her voice was dulcet and passionate in speaking of him - I gained the impression she may have been in love with Leif; after hearing his work, so frequently, I desired to own at least a CD of his. I, now, am a senior, of abbreviated means; and must be concise about what purchases I make. Thus it took awhile to get around to ordering this recording of Leif Ove Andnses doing justice to Grieg's Lyric Pieces. I wasted a lot of time, denying myself the pleasure of hearing Andsnes. Leif is uncompromisingly skillful. He possesses a touch which can be appreciated as precision of execution without loss of nuance and balance of flow. I primarily turn to this disc when I seek solace, and quietude when reading, end of day. And I will tell you outright, that I am in love with Leif Ove Andsnes! ~~~ [IF you are unable to use the Name of the announcer, as given, simply delete the hyphens as well as the phrase containing her name.]" Report Abuse
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