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Eyvind Alnaes: Piano Music

Alnaes / Eriksen,Erling
Release Date: 05/10/2011 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 67   Spars Code: DDD 
Number of Discs: 1 
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ALNAES 10 Piano Pieces on Norwegian Folksongs . Romance. Variations on an Original Theme. 4 Piano Pieces, op. 4 . 3 Pieces, op. 32. Stemning (Mood). 3 Piano Pieces, op. 9 Erling R. Eriksen (pn) TOCCATA TOCC 0067 (75:27)

Honestly, it Read more might be enough to say that if you like the piano music of Edvard Grieg, you will almost certainly enjoy this album of short works by his much lesser-known Norwegian contemporary Eyvind Alnaes. Alnaes actually lived a generation later than Grieg, even though they both studied with the long-lived German composer Carl Reinecke. Grieg himself was an early supporter. His career was modest; he worked primarily as a church organist and choral director in Oslo, and was the president of the Norwegian Composer’s Union in the 1920s. He died in 1932 at the age of 60. His musical legacy is slim, consisting of a few large-scale works as well as songs and piano music. This CD represents the first recordings of this music.

While there is a resemblance to the great life work of Grieg, his Lyric Pieces , Alnaes is not imitative. Both composers sourced native folk music, but processed it in their own ways. Alnaes shows the influence of French Impressionism as well. But his sense of imagination falls short of Grieg. Twenty-five years before Alnaes wrote these 10 Piano Pieces on Norwegian Folksongs , Grieg was transforming Hardanger fiddle tunes in ways that still challenge our ears today. Nonetheless, this music is very well constructed, covers a broad range of dramatic vision, and does not deserve the obscurity it has languished in. Fortunately, Erling Eriksen plays it with great panache and affection, and Toccata Classics, on a self-proclaimed mission to reveal undiscovered piano music, brings its usual excellent production values to the fore.

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