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Grieg: Chamber Music / Moscow Trio, Ovichinnikov, Skanavi, Rudin, Vinnitsky

Grieg / Moscow Trio / Popova / Boguslavsky
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94642   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Alexander VinnitskyVladimir OvchinikovVladimir SkanaviAlexander Rudin,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Trio
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Edvard Grieg was the father of Norwegian music; his most famous pieces are the Piano Concerto in A Minor and the incidental music to Peer Gynt. Sent to study at the conservatory of Leipzig during his teens, his compositions show a thorough grounding in the European Romantic tradition, although his later works explore the idea of a national Norwegian style.

His chamber music showcases the way in which he actively sought to weave the characteristics of Norwegian popular music into accepted compositional forms and styles. Grieg himself said of the violin sonatas: 'They are representative of the three periods of my evolution: the first naive and full of melodic ideas, the second nationalistic, and the third turning to much vaster
Read more horizons.' The quartet in G Minor initially proved a problem for the composer, but it is nonetheless a triumph, brimming with impressive moments such as the beauty of the pastoral reverie and the relentless rhythm of the energetic finale. The collection also includes the Cello Concerto in A Minor -- written for Grieg's brother John, an amateur cellist -- the String Quartet No.2 in F and the Andante con moto for piano trio.

The recording boasts a wealth of renowned chamber musicians; among them are the Moscow Trio, an ensemble that has achieved great success in Europe. Also featured are acclaimed performers such as Alexander Vinnitsky, Vladimir Ovchinnikov and Alexander Rudin.

Other information:
- Recorded September - November 1991, Moscow Conservatory.
- Edvard Grieg, Norway's most important composer, and the only one to gain international recognition as a "Great Composer", wrote more than his immortal Peer Gynt suites and the ever popular Piano Concerto. His chamber music is of high musical quality, and deserves wider recognition.
- Firmly rooted in the classical/romantic idiom of the 19th century with traces of Mendelssohn and Schumann, Grieg's music is never far away from the rich folklore of Norway, in which trolls and fairies come and go, and many a tune invites the shuffling of the feet in a Norwegian Peasant Dance.
- Beautiful performances by Russian forces.
- Contains notes on the music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 8 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Alexander Vinnitsky (Violin), Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Denmark 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 13 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Alexander Vinnitsky (Violin), Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
3.
Andante con moto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C minor by Edvard Grieg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Norway 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 45 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Alexander Vinnitsky (Violin), Vladimir Ovchinikov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1887; Norway 
5.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 36 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Vladimir Skanavi (Piano), Alexander Rudin (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883 
6.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 27 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Igor Boguslavsky (Viola), Alexander Chernov (Violin), Irina Popova (Violin),
Alexander Rudin (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Norway 
7.
Quartet for Strings in F major by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Igor Boguslavsky (Viola), Alexander Chernov (Violin), Irina Popova (Violin),
Alexander Rudin (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8: I. Allegro con brio
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8: II. Allegretto quasi andantino
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8: III. Allegro molto
Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: I. Allegro vivace
Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: II. Allegretto tranquillo
Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: III. Allegro animato
Andante con moto, EG 116
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: I. Allegro molto ed appassionato
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: II. Allegretto espressivo alla romanza
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: III. Allegro animato
Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36: I. Allegro agitato
Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36: II. Andante molto tranquillo
Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36: III. Allegro molto e marcato

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