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Grieg: Complete Music With Orchestra / Järvi, Gothenburg SO


Release Date: 05/14/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471300   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Lilya ZilbersteinBarbara BonneyUrban MalmbergMarianne Eklöf,   ... 
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony OrchestraPro Musica Chamber ChoirGösta Ohlin Vocal Ensemble,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Neeme Järvi's survey of Grieg's orchestral works always has been highly regarded, combining idiomatic interpretations and vibrant sound from Gothenburg's splendid orchestra and acoustically inviting concert hall. The most substantial works, the complete Peer Gynt and Sigurd Jorsalfar, formed a full-priced DG box. Now they're the backbone of this new mid-priced 6-CD set from DG's Collectors Edition. The recordings, made between 1986 and 1993, are all largely self-recommending. The only minor caveats apply to the shorter, small-scale pieces. There's a Holberg Suite that might have been more convincing had smaller forces been employed instead of what sounds like a scarcely reduced full string section. Järvi leads assertively, and his Read more players follow his nicely tailored rubatos carefully enough, but everything sounds too big to be properly intimate as Grieg intended, especially in the Sarabande and Air.

It's a pity that Järvi doesn't make more of the subtle colors of the Lyric Suite, or demonstrate more affection for the lovely Elegiac Melodies. One point of interest is that in the Lyric Suite he restores the bell-ringing ("Klokkeklang") effects that Grieg omitted from the final version, effects that add a particularly evocative aspect here. But sometimes the performances seem fussy and businesslike, lacking the flow and flexibility that smaller forces could provide, and you'll probably find Neville Marriner's 1994 Hänssler Classic accounts more pleasing. Järvi's readings of the more rugged and folksy Norwegian Dances and Symphonic Dances are another matter. Both are superlative--thoughtfully directed and again excellently played.

There remains the outstanding complete Peer Gynt, with a strong vocal cast led by Barbara Bonney (Solveig), Urban Malmberg (Peer Gynt), and Marianne Eklof (Anitra), with attractive instrumental solos by Knut Buen (Hardanger-fiddle) and Paul Cortese (viola). Järvi can be rather mannered, though, and there are moments of stiffness in "The death of ?se" and other slower, more reflective passages. There's simply no better recording of Sigurd Jorsalfar than this one, but Virgin's 1991 version of the rarely heard C minor Symphony with the Bergen Philharmonic under Dmitri Kitaenko is more lyrical and lucid than Järvi's. This set also includes Lilya Zilberstein's accomplished account of the piano concerto along with Grieg's orchestral songs. The concerto brings some truly inspired moments (the slow movement is beautifully atmospheric) and some horribly bombastic ones too;, but if you go for this set, its value lies in its completeness, which is unmatched at the price.

--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein (Piano)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Length: 29 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Urban Malmberg (Baritone), Marianne Eklöf (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Length: 98 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
3.
In Autumn Overture, Op. 11 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1887; Norway 
Length: 11 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 
Length: 31 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Length: 19 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 53 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
Norwegian Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 63 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1895; Norway 
Length: 13 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 4, Evening in the Mountain by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Mårten Larsson (Oboe)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
10.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1904; Norway 
Length: 19 Minutes 2 Secs. 
12.
Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kjell Magnus Sandve (Tenor)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Pro Musica Chamber Choir,  Gösta Ohlin Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Norway 
Length: 35 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
13.
Funeral March in Memory of Richard Nordraak, EG 107 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Norway (1866).
Composition revised: Norway (1878). 
14.
Norwegian Dances (4) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 35 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Length: 17 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Hans Sitt 
15.
Landkjending, Op. 31 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Male Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1872).
Composition revised: Norway (1881). 
16.
Olav Trygvason, Op. 50 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Anne Gjevang (Mezzo Soprano), Randi Stene (Mezzo Soprano), Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
Length: 34 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
17.
Old Norwegian Romance with Variations for 2 Pianos, Op. 51 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 
Length: 21 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Norway (1890).
Composition revised: Norway (1900 - 1905). 
18.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 1, From Monte Pincio by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
19.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
20.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 2, Spring by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
21.
Norway, Op. 58: no 3, Henrik Wergeland by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
22.
Mountain thrall, Op. 32 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Håkan Hagegård (Baritone)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Norway 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
23.
At a southern convent's gate, Op. 20 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Randi Stene (Mezzo Soprano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus Womens Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Norway 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
24.
Bergliot, Op. 42 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871-1885; Norway 
Length: 17 Minutes 26 Secs. 
25.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 8, First thing by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
26.
Symphony in C minor, EG 119 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Denmark 
Length: 38 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 2. Adagio - attacca:
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 1. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
In Autumn op.11: Andante - Allegro agitato - Allegro marcato e maestoso
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 1. Allegro moderato e marcato
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 2. Allegretto grazioso
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 3. Allegro giocoso
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 4. Andante - Allegro molto e risoluto
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 1. Präludium (Allegro vivace)
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 2. Sarabande (Andante)
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 3. Gavotte (Allegretto) - Musette (poco più mosso) - Gavotte
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 4. Air (Andante religioso)
Holberg Suite, Op.40: 5. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)
Two Elegiac Melodies, Op.34: 1. Heart-Wounds
Two Elegiac Melodies, Op.34: 2. The Last Spring
Two Melodies op.53: 1. Norwegian: Allegro risoluto - Poco tranquillo
Two Melodies op.53: 2. The First Meeting: Lento
Two Nordic Melodies, Op.63: 1. In the style of a folk song
Two Nordic Melodies, Op.63: 2. Cowkeeper's tune and country dance
Two lyric pieces op.68: 1. Evening in the Mountains: Andantino
Two lyric pieces op.68: 2. At the Cradle: Allegretto con moto
Lyric Pieces, Op.54 - orchestrated by Edvard Grieg: 1. Shepherd Boy: Andantino espressivo
Lyric Pieces, Op.54 - Orchestrated by Anton Seidl: 2.Bellringing
Lyric Pieces, Op.54 - orchestrated by Edvard Grieg: 3. Norwegian March: Allegretto marcato
Lyric Pieces, Op.54 - orchestrated by Edvard Grieg: 4. Notturno: Andante
Lyric Pieces, Op.54 - orchestrated by Edvard Grieg: 5. March of the Trolls: Allegro marcato

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