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Grieg: Holberg Suite, Erotikk, Elegiac Melodies / Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra

Grieg / Australian Chamber Orch / Tognetti
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1877  
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


There have been more than a few excellent recent releases of Grieg’s music for string orchestra, notably on Naxos, including orchestrations of his String Quartet in G minor. The Quartet took a lot of heat when it first came out on account of its acres of double-stops and consequent “orchestral” sound, and truth is that it makes an absolutely terrific piece for larger ensemble, losing very little in translation. Tognetti’s arrangement really is as good as any, and as you can well imagine he has his crack ensemble playing the piece to a fare-thee-well, with all of the passion and drive that one could possibly ask for.

The Naxos releases divided discs between the quartet arrangements
Read more (including Grieg’s incomplete Quartet in F major) and all of the remaining works for string orchestra. Tognetti presents a mixture. His arrangement of Erotikk, from the Lyric Pieces, is charming and effective, and rather more sensual than the keyboard original. The Two Elegiac Melodies are touching, fluid, and less heavy in these performances than when played by larger forces; but the highlight of the disc must be the performance of the Holberg Suite.

Even though it has been done to death, this version stands out for the vivacious charm and witty phrasing of its Praeludium (sound sample attached), and for the rustic brilliance of the concluding Rigaudon. In between, the Gavotte also has a welcome spring to its step, and as with the Elegiac Melodies the two slower movements never bog down in excessive sentiment. Mind you, sentiment in this music, and plenty of it, isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you are going to use smaller forces, this is surely the way to do it. Sonically, this is absolutely state of the art: clear, pure, and tactile in the best way. If the coupling appeals, go for it.

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

1. Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 27 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Norway 
2. From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
3. Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
4. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 5, Erotic by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 

Sound Samples

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (arr. R. Tognetti for string orchestra): I. Un poco andante - Allegro molto ed agitato
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (arr. R. Tognetti for string orchestra): II. Romanze: Andantino - Allegro agitato
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (arr. R. Tognetti for string orchestra): III. Intermezzo: Allegro molto marcato - Allegro agitato
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (arr. R. Tognetti for string orchestra): IV. Finale: Lento - Presto al saltarello
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 (Last Spring)
Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43 (arr. R. Tognetti for violin and string orchestra): Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 5. Erotic (arr. R. Tognetti for violin and string orchestra)
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

Customer Reviews

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 Luscious October 3, 2012 By John M Rathbun (Mills River, NC) See All My Reviews "Grieg's music is full of sweet ideas and the Australian Chamber Orchestra has a luscious, full sound. The Holberg Suite and shorter works on this program are not towering monuments of compositional genius, but quite enjoyable as a snack." Report Abuse
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