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A Neglected Song Cycle

Donald Macleod introduces a rare complete performance of Grieg's final vocal masterpiece: his song cycle Haugtussa, plus a last selection of arrangements.

Donald Macleod introduces a rare complete performance of Grieg's final vocal masterpiece - his song-cycle Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid).

Grieg's gift for the fleeting, artful and utterly delightful musical miniature means that he's one of the most rearranged and reimagined composers in history. Instrumentalists of every shade down the years - from trombonists to accordionists, brass bands to hard rock collectives - have sought to cast Grieg's music in their own image. This week, Donald Macleod dips his toe into the vast array of arrangements of Edvard Grieg's music - introducing a selection of brilliant, often unorthodox musical creations - whilst taking us through five key works spanning the composer's career.

Although Grieg's solo songs are much beloved by performers, his only song cycle, the late masterpiece Haugtussa (The Mountain Maid) is rarely performed; in the final episode of this week's series, we hear it performed by the mezzo-soprano, Anne-Sofie von Otter. There's also a final dip into the plethora of arrangements of Grieg's music - including a two-piano version of his stirring "Homage March" - plus a rare outing for his very final work, the Four Psalms for baritone and chorus.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 16 May 2014 18:30

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric pieces - book 10 Op.71 for piano

    Performer: Emmanuelle Bertrand. Performer: Pascal Amoyel.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMC-901962.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 16.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Sigurd Jorsalfar - suite Op.56 - Homage March

    Performer: Anthony Goldstone. Performer: Caroline Clemmow.
    • DIVINE: CD25042.
    • DIVINE.
    • 15.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Haugtussa Op.67 (extracts)

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • DG RECORDS : 437 521-2.
    • DG RECORDS.
    • 1.
  • Edvard Grieg

    4 Psalms Op.74 - God's Son Hath Set Me Free; In Heaven Above

    Singer: Per Hoyer. Choir: Danish National Radio Choir. Conductor: Jesper Grove Jørgensen.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-9767.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 4.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Haugtussa Op.67 (extracts)

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • DG RECORDS : 437 521-2.
    • DG RECORDS.
    • 1.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric pieces - book 10 Op.71 for piano - Puck

    Performer: Mie Miki.
    • BIS : CD-1629.
    • BIS.
    • 28.

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