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Donald Macleod introduces a selection of works written by Grieg in the peaceful surroundings of Hardanger during a period of great emotional upheaval and creative struggle.

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.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    4 Album leaves Op.28 for piano

    Performer: Einar STEEN-NOKLEBERG - Piano

    • Naxos.
    • 8.550883.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Album Op.30 for male voices [mandssang], arr. from Norwegian folksongs

    Conductor: Grete PEDERSEN Performer: Norwegian Soloists Choir

    • BIS.
    • sacd-1661.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Quartet in G minor Op.27 for strings

    Performer: Chilingirian String Quartet

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA-67117.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Den Bergtekne [The mountain thrall] Op.32 for baritone, 2 horns and strings

    Conductor: Neeme JARVI Performer: Hakan HAGEGARD - Baritone Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP.
    • 437-519-2.

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