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Grieg: Symphonic Dances, Norwegian Dances, Lyric Suite


Release Date: 05/15/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419431   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Apart from the ever-popular Piano Concerto there seems little room in today's concert programmes for Grieg's gently nostalgic, beautifully crafted output. Even on record he is under-represented.

I hope that this new issue will be heard by as wide an audience as possible, for it should give much pleasure to those who need some respite from those large symphonic works which now dominate our concert life.

The sensitive and subtle Järvi who, while he may sometimes mold a phrase in an unexpected way, continually illuminates the music, keeping it fresh and spontaneous without distorting either its melodic line or its natural rhythms. Indeed, throughout both the Norwegian Dances and the Symphonic Dances Järvi
Read more keeps rhythms light and airy so that there's never a hint of the stodginess which can afflict lesser performances of these delightful pieces. In the Lyric Suite Järvi digs a little deeper to find music of real passion: he includes the extra "Bell ringing" movement as the second piece, playing it slowly so that it sounds startlingly forward-looking for 1891. We are thus reminded that Grieg's harmonic innovations had an important influence on later composers.

-- Gramophone [1/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1904; Norway 
2.
Norwegian Dances (4) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 35 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
3.
Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 

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