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Grieg: Music For String Orchestra / Engeset, Malmo Symphony

Grieg / Malso / Engeset
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572403   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The excellence of Bjarte Engeset's Grieg recordings speaks for itself. This disc contains all of Grieg's music for string orchestra, plus the Lyric Suite. As with previous releases in this series, the performances are outstanding. Much of this music is slow and nostalgic, and Engeset paces it perfectly. You might not want to listen to all of it at a sitting, but then Grieg didn't either. In the Holberg Suite, it's particularly enjoyable to hear the Prelude and concluding Rigaudon not taken too quickly, but with a resilient, athletic sense of rhythm that propels the music forward.

There's a tendency today, perhaps as a result of the period-performance craze, to make too much of the
Read more music's Baroque inspiration, racing through it as if it were the real thing (not that Baroque music was actually played that way either, but that's another story). Engeset lets the music's romantic pedigree shine through. As for the Lyric Suite, each movement is well-characterized, with the March of the Dwarfs bringing the program to a satisfying conclusion. The sonics are terrific too.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Norwegian Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 63 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1895; Norway 
2.
Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 53 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
3.
Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891/1904; Norway 
4.
Lyric Pieces (2) for Strings by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
5.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
6.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 

Sound Samples

2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 (version for orchestra): No. 1. Hjertesar (The Wounded Heart)
2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 (version for orchestra): No. 2. Varen (The Last Spring)
2 Melodies, Op. 53 (version for orchestra): No. 1. Norsk (Norwegian)
2 Melodies, Op. 53 (version for orchestra): No. 2. Det forste mode (The First Meeting)
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): I. Prelude
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): II. Sarabande
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): III. Gavotte
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): IV. Air
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): V. Rigaudon
2 Lyric Pieces, Op. 68 (version for orchestra): No. 1. Aften pa hoyfjellet (Evening in the Mountains)
2 Lyric Pieces, Op. 68 (version for orchestra): No. 2. Badnlat (At the Cradle)
2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63 (version for orchestra): No. 1. I folketonestil (In Folk Style)
2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63 (version for orchestra): No. 2. Kulok og Stabbelaten (Cow-Call and Peasant Dance): Kulok
2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63 (version for orchestra): No. 2. Kulok og Stabbelaten (Cow-Call and Peasant Dance): Stabbelaten
Lyric Suite, Op. 54: I. Gjaetergut (Shepherd Boy)
Lyric Suite, Op. 54: II. Gangar (Norwegian March)
Lyric Suite, Op. 54: III. Notturno (Nocturne)
Lyric Suite, Op. 54: IV. Troldtog (March of the Dwarfs)

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