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Fruitful Partnerships

Donald Macleod introduces music Grieg wrote in collaboration with two of Norway's most important writers: Bjornstjerne Bjornson and Henrik Ibsen.

In the crucial period of the early 1870s when Grieg was working to establish himself in Oslo, it was the association he formed with the two most prominent Norwegian writers Henrik Ibsen and Bjornstjerne Björnson which probably did more for his standing there than anything else. Donald Macleod introduces two works he collaborated on with Björnson based on tales from the old Norse sagas, and the first of the concert suites Grieg famously made from the incidental music written to accompany Ibsen's Peer Gynt.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    25 Norwegian folksongs and dances Op.17 for piano

    Performer: Einar STEEN-NOKLEBERG - Piano

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.550-882.
  • Edvard Grieg

    25 Norwegian folksongs and dances Op.17 for piano

    Performer: Einar STEEN-NOKLEBERG - Piano

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.550-882.
  • Edvard Grieg

    4 Songs Op.21

    Performer: Ilmo RANTA - Piano Performer: Monica GROOP - Mezzo-soprano

    • BIS.
    • CD160709.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Sigurd Jorsalfar - incidental music Op.22

    Conductor: Ole Kristian RUUD Performer: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • bis-sacd-1391.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Foran sydens kloster [At a southern convent's gate] Op.20 for soprano, alto, female chorus

    Conductor: Neeme JARVI Performer: Barbara BONNEY - Soprano Performer: Randi STENE - Soprano Performer: Gothenburg S O.

    • DG.
    • 4375192.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt - incidental music Op.23

    Performer: Monica GROOP - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Roger VIGNOLES - Piano

    • BIS.
    • CD160709.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt - suite no. 1 Op.46

    Conductor: Eivind AADLAND Performer: WDR Sinfonie Orchester Koln - Main Artist

    • Audite.
    • 92651.

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