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Twilight Years

Donald Macleod introduces Grieg's piano concerto, which helped launch him on the path to fame and fortune, and continues to be one of the most popular concertos of all time.

Much of Grieg's life was spent away from home, touring and giving concerts across Europe. He was known both as a fine pianist and charismatic conductor and, naturally, performed his own works at every opportunity. Donald Macleod introduces Grieg's piano concerto, written towards the beginning of his career and, in spite of the fact that Grieg himself was never entirely satisfied with it, proved to be the perfect showpiece and useful money-spinner throughout his life and continues to be one of the most popular concertos of all time.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 25 May 2012 18:30

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Slatter Op.72 for piano [Norwegian peasant dances]

    Performer: Einar STEEN-NOKLEBERG - Piano

    • NAXOS.
    • 8-550884.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Slatter Op.72 for piano [Norwegian peasant dances]

    Performer: Einar STEEN-NOKLEBERG - Piano

    • NAXOS.
    • 8-550884.
  • Edvard Grieg

    2 Elegiac melodies Op.34 for string orchestra [arr. of songs Op.33 nos. 3 and 2]

    Conductor: Neeme JARVI Performer: Gothenburg S O.

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP.
    • 437 520-2-.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Sonata no. 3 in C minor Op.45 for violin and piano

    Performer: Frederic CHIU - Piano Performer: Pierre AMOYAL - Violin

    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • HMU907256.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Concerto in A minor Op.16 for piano and orchestra

    Conductor: Andrew LITTON Performer: Stephen HOUGH - Piano Performer: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA67824.

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