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Edvard Grieg

Grieg / Fletcher
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 3306   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



GRIEG (arr. Fletcher) Lyric Pieces, opp. 12 and 68. Peer Gynt: Solveig’s Song. Holberg Suite: Sarabande. Melody, op. 47/3. Peasant’s Song, op. 65/2. Once Upon a Time, op. 71/1. Lullaby, op. 66/7. Read more class="ARIAL12bi">In My Homeland, op. 43. Elegy, op. 47/7. Remembrances, op. 71/1 Peter Fletcher (gtr) CENTAUR 3306 (61:13)


This is American guitarist Peter Fletcher’s third CD for Centaur of piano music that he himself has arranged for guitar. (The first two discs were devoted to Mompou and Satie, respectively.) Grieg’s miniatures—indeed, there are 23 individual works on this CD—work well on the guitar because they are straightforward and unaffected, and unconcerned with making a big statement. They do not make unreasonable demands on the listener; each one is like a short story told by a trusted friend. Fletcher’s arrangements pass a basic test: In giving us a “new look” at the composer and his music, they do not leave the listener pining for the originals.


In their original versions, these works generally are within the reach of amateur pianists. (In my younger days I bluffed my way through the op. 68 book of Lyric Pieces .) I think these guitar arrangements are more difficult to play. (Perhaps that is because I never played the guitar!) Be that as it may, Fletcher’s performances bear not a trace of strain or awkwardness. His playing reminds me of Segovia’s—not Segovia at the end of his career, when he sometimes sounded a little too careful, but Segovia at the time of his several Decca LPs from the 1950s and 1960s. This is mellow playing, and melody is king, but rhythmic vitality is never sacrificed, phrasing is precise, and harmonies always retain a jewel-like clarity.


In three of the individual works, Fletcher overdubbed a second guitar part onto the first. He did this not to create the impression of a guitar duet, but to “create the sound of one guitar” playing more homophonically complex works. He did this so successfully that I suspect most listeners will be completely unaware of the overdubbing, unless they read about it in the performer’s booklet note. Such was the case for me.


This program was recorded in a studio in the Bronx, and it accentuates the warmth and intimacy of Fletcher’s playing. String noise, while present, is never obtrusive. This is a superb CD for relaxation, but, heard more attentively, it loses none of its appeal. Highly recommended!


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Works on This Recording

1.
Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3.
Peer Gynt, Op. 46: Chanson De Solveig by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Holberg Suite, Op. 40: Sarabande by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Written: 1884 orch 1885 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 3, Melody by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
7.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 1, Once upon a Time by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8.
Bådnlåt (Cradle Song), Norwegian folk song for piano, Op. 66/7 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 3, In My Native Land by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
10.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47: no 7, Elegy by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11.
Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71: no 7, Remembrances by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Peter Fletcher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Norway 
Date of Recording: 2009-12 
Venue:  Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 1. Arietta
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 2. Waltz
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 3. Watchman's Song
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 4. Elve's Dance
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 5. Folk Melody
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 6. Norwegian Melody
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 7. Album Leaf
Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 8. National Song
Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 1. Sailors' Song
Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 2. Grandmother's Minuet
Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 3. At Your Feet
Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 4. Evening in the Mountains
Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 5. Cradle Song
Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68 (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar): No. 6. Valse melancolique
Peer Gynt, Op. 23, Act IV: Solveig's sang (Solveig's Song) (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar)
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40: II. Sarabande (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar)
Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47: No. 3. Melody (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar)
Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65: No. 2. Peasant's Song (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar)
Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71: No. 1. Once upon a Time (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar)
19 Norwegian Folksongs, Op. 66: No. 7. Lullaby (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar)
Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 3. In My Homeland (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar)
Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47: No. 7. Elegy (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar)
Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71: No. 7. Remembrances (arr. P. Fletcher for guitar)

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