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Lyrical Cornet - Grieg / Jouko Harjanne, Kari Hanninen


Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Pilfink Records   Catalog #: 94   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko HarjanneKari Hanninen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



GRIEG Piano works arranged for cornet Jouko Harjanne (cnt); Kari Hänninen (pn) PILFINK JJVCD-94 (71:55)


I like the cornet—always have. Anyone who grew up in the public music program playing in the band, as I did, developed a natural love of the instrument. Of course it is given to younger kids as a matter of encouragement, supposedly being easier to blow than a trumpet, but then by high school most serious kids migrate to the more piercing instrument. But the cornet has many advantages, a mellower Read more tone, more lyrical propensity, and it really does blend into bands very well.


Solo cornet recordings are not unknown, but they don’t come at you in droves, either. This one surprised me, though because of the origin of these players (Finland) it can’t be too surprising that they might turn to the music of fellow northern-climes traveler Edvard Grieg. But that in a way is the big problem with this album; though it is quite well filled and generous, I am not sure how many people will want to sit through 72 minutes of a cornet playing arrangements of the Lyric Pieces and various songs—I didn’t, though duty demanded such.


Jouko Harjanne, solo trumpeter with the Helsinki Radio Symphony since 1984 and teaching at the Sibelius Academy since he was 26, has all of the requisite credentials, and his playing on this disc does nothing to contradict the quality of his résumé. But I have a feeling that most people, unless fans of the artist, residents of the northern European regions, or inveterate cornet fanciers—and maybe Grieg diehards—will not gravitate to this disc. If you do, you will find much to enjoy here, and the clever pianism of Kari Hanninen only adds to the attraction.


FANFARE: Steven E. Ritter


Tracklist: 1. Volksweise
2. Erotik
3. Walzer
4. Einsamer Wanderer
5. Grossmutters Menuet Grandmother's Minuet 6. Melodie
7. Langs ei
8. Waltzer
9. Elegie
10. Stambogsrim Opus 25 nr 3
11. Springtanz
12. Elegie
13. Kanon
14. Fra Monte Pincio Nocturne Opus 39 nr 66
15. Matrosenlied
Op. 68 nr 54
16. Zur Rosenzeit Opus 48 nr 5
17. Volksweise
18. Vorüber
19. En svane Opus 25 nr 2
20. Hirtenknabe,
21. Elfentanz
22. An der Wiege
23. Im Balladenton
24. Veslemöy
25. Melancholie
26. Albumblatt
27. Grüss
28. Nachklänge
29. Det syng
30. Ein Traum
31. Med en vandlilje
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (23) for Piano, EG 104: no 7, A dream by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Norway 
2.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38: no 8, Canon by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
3.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 5, Melancholy by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
4.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
5.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 1, Sailor's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
6.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54: no 1, Shepherd boy by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
7.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 5, Erotic by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
8.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 2, Lonely Wanderer by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
9.
Ballade for Piano in G minor, Op. 24 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Norway 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 48: no 1, Gruss by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 4, With a waterlily by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
12.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jouko Harjanne (Cornet), Kari Hanninen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 

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