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The Best Of Grieg


Release Date: 10/12/1993 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 438380   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Stephen KovacevichJosé Luis GarciaQuintin BallardieZoltán Kocsis
Conductor:  Raymond LeppardSir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraBBC Symphony OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Who would have thought the Grieg [piano concerto] could come up as fresh as paint, as alive with both opulent and delicate emotional fervour as on the day [it was] written? Stephen Kovacevich’s Philips recording, dating from 1970-1, has been tirelessly celebrated for its freshness and poetic vitality, and it remains a benchmark offering... Yet his virtuosity is both inclusive and discreet, and his Grieg Concerto remains among the finest on record." -- Gramophone, [8/2001, reviewing the piano concerto] Who would have thought the Grieg [piano concerto] could come up as fresh as paint, as alive with both opulent and delicate emotional fervour as on the day [it was] written? Stephen Kovacevich’s Philips recording, dating from 1970-1, has been tirelessly celebrated for its freshness and poetic vitality, and it remains a benchmark offering... Yet his virtuosity is both inclusive and discreet, and his Grieg Concerto remains among the finest on record." -- Gramophone, [8/2001, reviewing the piano concerto] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  UK 
2.
Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  UK 
3.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/1971 
Venue:  UK 
4.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  José Luis Garcia (Violin), Quintin Ballardie (Viola)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Date of Recording: 09/1979 
Venue:  UK 
5.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Venue:  Switzerland 
6.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Venue:  Switzerland 
7.
Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/1981 
Venue:  UK 
8.
Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1904; Norway 
Venue:  UK 

Sound Samples

Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 1. Morning mood
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 2. Aase's death
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 3. Anitra's dance
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 4. In the Hall of the Mountain King
Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55: 1. The Abduction (Ingrid's lament)
Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55: 2. Arabian dance
Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55: 3. Peer Gynt's return
Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55: 4. Solveig's song
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 1. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 2. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16: 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: 1. Shepherd's Boy
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: 2. Norwegian Rustic March
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: 3. Notturno
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: 4. March of the Dwarfs
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)
Lyric Pieces, Op.12: 1. Arietta
Lyric Pieces, Op.12: 2. Waltz
Lyric Pieces, Op.12: 3. Watchman's Song
Lyric Pieces, Op.12: 4. Fairy-dance
Lyric Pieces, Op.12: 5. Popular melody
Lyric Pieces, Op.12: 6. Norwegian melody
Lyric Pieces, Op.12: 7. Album-leaf
Lyric Pieces, Op.12: 8. National Song
Lyric Pieces III, Op.43: 1. Butterfly
Lyric Pieces III, Op.43: 2. Solitary traveller
Lyric Pieces III, Op.43: 3. In My Native Country
Lyric Pieces III, Op.43: 4. Little Bird
Lyric Pieces III, Op.43: 5. Erotikon
Lyric Pieces III, Op.43: 6. To the Spring
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 1. No. 1 in G
Symphonic Dances, Op.64: 2. No. 2 in A
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op.7: 3. Alla menuetto, ma poco più lento
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op.7: 4. Finale (Molto allegro - Presto)

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