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Grieg, Nielsen, Britten: Music For Strings / Brown, Norwegian


Release Date: 08/05/2003 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 62179   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegBenjamin BrittenCarl Nielsen
Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Britten performances are consistently absorbing, with violist Lars Anders Tomter shining in the Elegy and Lachrymae, while Grieg's Holberg sounds newly minted.

Back in October 1995, I voiced unstinting praise for the five Britten items generously housed on disc one. Certainly, the accounts of the Frank Bridge Variations, Simple Symphony and Prelude and Fugue for 18 strings are consistently absorbing, and violist Lars Anders Tomter shines in the early solo Elegy and dusky Lachrymae. All goes swimmingly, too, in Grieg's complete string music (Holberg sounds newly minted) and the two Nielsen works that comprise the remainder (the Little Suite and moving At the Bier of a Young Artist).

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Works on This Recording

1.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
2.
Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
3.
Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 53 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Norway 
4.
Norwegian Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 63 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1895; Norway 
5.
Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1933-1934; England 
6.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
7.
Prelude and Fugue for 18-part String Orchestra, Op. 29 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
8.
Lachrymae for Viola and Strings, Op. 48a by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter (Viola)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950/1976; England 
9.
Elegy for Viola solo by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
10.
Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68: no 5, Cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
11.
Olav Trygvason, Op. 50: Temple Dance by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Norway 
12.
Little Suite for Strings in A minor, FS 6/Op. 1 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888/1889; Denmark 
13.
At the bier of a young artist, FS 58 by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Denmark 

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