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Grieg: Klaviermusik Zu Vier Händen / Cologne Piano Duo


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 1707   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Piano Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the good old days before recordings, people got to know symphonic music through piano duet arrangements such as the ones Grieg made for three of his own works: the concerto overture "In Autumn", the Two Elegiac Melodies, and the Two Symphonic Pieces Op. 14. Grieg was a terrific pianist, so it's no surprise that his four-handed arrangements lose nothing in the de-orchestration process. Likewise, Theodor Kirchner's duet arrangement of the Sarabande, Gavotte, and Rigaudon from the lovely Holberg Suite couldn't be more idiomatically deployed for the medium. I'm not convinced, however, that the solo piano piece Wedding Day at Troldhaugen gains from having an extra pair of hands helping out. The music becomes simplified and challenge-less Read more rather than extended. But there's no arguing the tangy charm of Grieg's Waltz Caprices Op. 37 and Four Norwegian Dances Op. 35, both originally for duet. The Kölner Klavier-Duo's solid, stylish playing is marked by well-oiled ensemble and felicitous nuances. This is music meant to be heard in the home, read through by you and a friend sitting on the piano bench. But until duet playing replaces television and video games, the best way to learn how these Grieg duets sound is to buy this CD.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Waltz-Caprices (2) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 37 by Edvard Grieg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Piano Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Norway 
2.
Norwegian Dance(s) by Edvard Grieg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Piano Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: Norway 

Sound Samples

Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65: No. 6. Wedding-Day at Troldhaugen (arr. A. Ruthardt)
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (arr. T. Kirchner): II. Sarabande
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (arr. T. Kirchner): III. Gavotte
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (arr. T. Kirchner): V. Rigaudon
Walzer-Capricen, Op. 37 (version for piano 4 hands): I. Tempo di valse moderato
Walzer-Capricen, Op. 37 (version for piano 4 hands): II. Tempo di valse
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (version for piano 4 hands): I. Allegro marcato
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (version for piano 4 hands): II. Allegretto tranquillo e grazioso
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (version for piano 4 hands): III. Allegro moderato alla marcia
Norwegian Dances, Op. 35 (version for piano 4 hands): IV. Allegro molto
In Autumn Overture, Op. 11 (version for piano 4 hands)
2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 (version for piano 4 hands): No. 1. The wounded heart
2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 (version for piano 4 hands): No. 2. Last spring
2 Symphonic Pieces, Op. 14: I. Adagio cantabile
2 Symphonic Pieces, Op. 14: II. Allegro energico

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