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Grieg: Four Pieces, Sonata For Piano, Etc / Kyoko Tabe


Release Date: 07/23/2002 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9985   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Debussy's characterization of Grieg's short piano pieces as "bon-bons filled with snow" is happily contradicted by Kyoko Tabe's crisp, purposeful pianism. She projects the lyric impulse informing the pieces within the Op. 1, 3, and 28 groups with plenty of color and sensitivity, yet the music's backbone remains firmly intact. Notice, for example, the fluttery evenness of her rapid, detaché runs in Op. 3's last two selections, her piquantly etched turns that give Op. 28 No. 3 its waltzing lilt, or the Op. 1 Mazurka's subtle kicks on the upbeats.


The Sonata also fares excellently in Tabe's expert hands, especially in how she points up the Finale's dotted rhythms while keeping her chords balanced and
Read more full-bodied. She doesn't quite let herself go in the manner of Leif Ove Andsnes, who commands a wider dynamic range and emphasizes the music's rustic, elemental qualities by stressing the bass lines and truly digging into the composer's frequent left-hand "drone" effects. The seven Fugues are essentially student exercises, and Tabe's clear, straightforward renditions match their austere beauty in a manner that contrasts to Pletnev's warmer, more songful approach (DG). All told, a worthy addition to the immense Grieg piano music discography, and beautifully recorded too.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 1 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Norway 
2.
Poetic tone pictures (6) for Piano, Op. 3 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Norway 
3.
Album Leaves (4) for Piano, Op. 28 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1878; Norway 
4.
Sonata for Piano in E minor, Op. 7 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865/1887; Norway 
5.
Fugues (7) for Piano, EG 184 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Kyoko Tabe (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1862; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

6 Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op. 3: I. Allegro, ma non troppo
6 Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op. 3: II. Allegro cantabile
6 Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op. 3: III. Con moto
6 Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op. 3: IV. Andante con sentimento
6 Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op. 3: V. Allegro moderato - Vivo
6 Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op. 3: VI. Allegro scherzando
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro moderato - Allegro molto
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7: II. Andante molto - L'istesso tempo
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7: III. Alla menuetto ma poco piu lento
Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7: IV. Finale: Molto allegro - Presto
7 Fugues for Piano: No. 1. Fuga a 2 in C minor: Allegro
7 Fugues for Piano: No. 2. Fuga a 2 in C major
7 Fugues for Piano: No. 3. Fuga a 3 in D major: Andante non troppo
7 Fugues for Piano: No. 4. Fuga a 3 in A minor: Allegro
7 Fugues for Piano: No. 5. Fuga a 4 in G minor: Allegro non troppo
7 Fugues for Piano: No. 6. Fuga a 3 voci in C major: Allegro energico
7 Fugues for Piano: No. 7. Doppel-Fuge in G minor: Andante non troppo
4 Piano Pieces, Op. 1: I. Allegro con leggerezza
4 Piano Pieces, Op. 1: II. Non allegro e molto espressivo - Un poco piu vivo - Allegro capriccioso - Tempo I
4 Piano Pieces, Op. 1: III. Mazurka: Con grazia
4 Piano Pieces, Op. 1: IV. Allegro con moto
4 Album Leaves, Op. 28: I. Allegro con moto
4 Album Leaves, Op. 28: II. Allegro espressivo
4 Album Leaves, Op. 28: III. Vivace
4 Album Leaves, Op. 28: IV. Andantino serioso - Allegro giocoso

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