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Feeling stifled by life in Oslo, in the summer of 1877 Grieg and his wife Nina escaped to the beautiful countryside of Hardanger in Western Norway, on what would be the first of many visits. Although it was a period of emotional upheaval and creative struggle for Grieg, it proved to be among the most fruitful of his career. Donald Macleod introduces a selection of works written there including his only completed string quartet, and a song for baritone, two horns and string orchestra, based on a folk tale whose doomed hero loses the power to know what love is.

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Wed 23 May 2012 18:30

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