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Grieg: Symphonic Dances, Etc / Rozhdestvensky


Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10287   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chandos' reissued Grieg collection offers an intriguing sample of the composer's works. Gennady Rozhdestvensky leads a compelling account of the Symphonic Dances, with brisk and buoyant tempos (in the faster movements) combined with song-like phrasing and finely accented rhythms. The Stockholm orchestra's lively and colorful playing projects the drama, as well as the folk character, of Grieg's work. Rozhdestvensky is just as adept at capturing the "once upon a time" air of the three Sigurd Jorsalfar excerpts.


The Six Songs, however, are of special interest. Only two, Solveig's Song and Solveig's Cradle Song, appear on disc with any regularity, usually in recordings of Grieg's Peer Gynt. The remaining four
Read more offer engaging examples of Grieg's tuneful and touching vocal music. Soprano Solveig Kringelborn's vocal mastery is touched with a sense of innocent sincerity that communicates straight to the heart, while Rozhdestvensky and the orchestra provide sympathetic accompaniment. Chandos' rich, reverberant sound falls nicely on the ear, making this release an easy choice. [5/2/2005]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonic Dances (4), Op. 64 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Norway 
Length: 27 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 18, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Norway 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
3.
Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite, Op. 56 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872/1892; Norway 
Length: 16 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 23, Solvejg's cradle song by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
5.
Romances (6), Op. 39: no 1, From Monte Pincio by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, A swan by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
7.
Melodies (12), Op. 33: no 2, Spring by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
8.
Norway, Op. 58: no 3, Henrik Wergeland by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893-1894; Norway 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 

Sound Samples

Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: I. Allegro moderato e marcato - Vivace - Piu lento - Tempo I - Vivace - Tempo I - Presto
Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: II. Allegretto grazioso - Piu mosso - Tempo I
Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: III. Allegro giocoso
Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: IV. Andante - Allegro molto e risoluto - Piu tranquillo - Tempo I - Presto
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 1. Peer Gynt, Op. 23, Act IV: Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 2. Peer Gynt, Op. 23, Act V: Solveigs vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 3. Romances, Op. 39: No. 1. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 4. 6 Dirges, Op. 25: No. 2. En svane (A Swan)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 5. 12 Melodies, Op. 33: No. 2. Varen (Last Spring)
6 Orchestral Songs, EG 177: No. 6. Norge, Op. 58: No. 3. Henrik Wergeland
3 Orchestral Pieces from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56: No. 1. Prelude: In the King's Hall
3 Orchestral Pieces from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56: No. 2. Intermezzo: Borghild's Dream
3 Orchestral Pieces from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56: No. 3. Hommage March

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