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Grieg: Works For Piano Vol 2 / Pompa-baldi


Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 2712   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What boldly projected, vividly characterized, pianistically integrated, and natural-sounding Grieg performances these are! Many pianists approach this repertoire on tiptoe, but Antonio Pompa-Baldi proudly plays up the composer's frequent juxtapositions of earthy, rustic material and sweet, lyrical passages. His animated melodic pointing of Op. 28's opening Allegro con moto minimizes any trace of sentimentality, while he shapes the second piece's long phrases to such storytelling effect that the music's barlines disappear.


Simplicity, clarity, and the utmost in expressive economy help make the ubiquitous Peer Gynt selections sound as if they were composed yesterday. Once you hear Pompa-Baldi's lilting sparkle in Anitra's
Read more Dance you'll want to steer clear of orchestral versions for a while. Warmer, more lustrous engineering would have catapulted this disc into the "10/10" stratosphere, hence my "9" for sound quality. All told, if you love Grieg (and we all do, secretly at least!), this delectable disc is a must.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Humoresques (4) for Piano, Op. 6 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (06/01/2003 - 06/02/2003) 
2.
Album Leaves (4) for Piano, Op. 28 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1878; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 12 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (06/01/2003 - 06/02/2003) 
3.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 12 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (06/01/2003 - 06/02/2003) 
4.
Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 17 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (06/01/2003 - 06/02/2003) 
5.
Norwegian Dances (4) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 35 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Norway 
Venue:  Recital Hall, Louisiana State University 
Length: 17 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University (06/01/2003 - 06/02/2003) 

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