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Grieg: Holberg Suite, Music for Strings / Ruud, Bergen PO


Release Date: 01/24/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1491   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Here's an easy call: these are stunning performances of music that you'd have to be either deaf or dead not to love. Yes, there are zillions of performances of the Holberg Suite out there, many of them excellent, but Ruud's version is so compelling that it simply makes you forget about any other. It has freshness and poetry in abundance, and he gets the strings of the Bergen Philharmonic to do exactly what so many string sections find all but impossible: achieve sharp rhythmic accuracy without compromising tone quality. This is most evident in the Prelude and final Rigaudon, but on a more subtle level this keenness of rhythm, allied to shapely phrasing, also helps to float the melodies of the
Read more gentler inner movements, particularly the Air, which is just gorgeous.


The remaining pieces might be termed "minor Grieg" were they not so inherently beautiful. In fact, the Two Nordic Melodies Op. 63 is a pretty substantial work, with an opening number running longer than seven minutes. In any case, it doesn't matter if you use this disc primarily for "quiet listening" so long as you also can pay attention and come away with a renewed admiration for Grieg's music. In stereo the engineering is outstanding, but in SACD surround format you can really wallow in the rich, warm sounds that Ruud draws from his players. This series has ranged from good to fabulous, and there's no question that this disc belongs firmly in the latter category. [1/3/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Length: 19 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 53 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Norwegian Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 63 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1895; Norway 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Lyric Pieces (2) for Strings by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Sound Samples

From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: I. Prelude
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: II. Sarabande
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: III. Gavotte
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: IV. Air
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40: V. Rigaudon
2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: No. 1: Hjertesar (The Wounded Heart) [trans. from Op. 33, No. 3]
2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: No. 2: Varen (Last Spring) [trans. from Op. 33, No. 2]
2 Melodies, Op. 53: No. 1: Norsk (Norwegian) [trans. from Op. 33, No. 12]
2 Melodies, Op. 53: No. 2: Det forste Mote (The First Meeting) [trans. from Op. 21, No. 1]
2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63: No. 1: I folketonestil (Popular Song) [trans. from a melody by Fredrik Due]
2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63: No. 2: Kulokk - Stabbelaten (Cow Keepers' Tune - Country Dance) [trans. from Op. 17, No. 22 and 18]
2 Lyric Pieces, Op. 68 (version for orchestra): No. 1: Aften pa Hoyfjellet (Evening in the Mountains) [trans. from Op. 68, No. 4]
2 Lyric Pieces, Op. 68 (version for orchestra): No. 2: Badnlat (At the Cradle) [trans. from Op. 68, No. 5]

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