Donald Macleod introduces this multi-talented Norwegian composer, pianist and conductor with music from his early years.
During his lifetime, this multi-talented Norwegian composer, pianist and conductor, was a hugely popular figure throughout 19th century Europe, and today is regarded as the foremost Scandinavian composer of his generation, who did more to establish a national identity for Norwegian music than anyone else. Donald Macleod introduces a concert overture with a chequered career, a group of piano pieces based on a collection of folk music transcriptions Grieg would re-visit throughout his career, a violin sonata praised by Liszt and an intriguing collaboration with one of Norway's most important writers, based on tales from the old Norse sagas.
Butterfly, Op.43 No.1 (Lyric Pieces Book 3 )
Edvard Grieg (piano)
In Autumn, Op.11
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Sakari Oramo
25 Norwegian Folk-songs and Dances Op.17 (selection)
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (piano)
Violin Sonata No.2 in G, Op.13
Baiba Skride (violin)
Lauma Skride (piano)
Before a Southern Convent, Op.20
Barbara Bonney (soprano)
Randi Stene (mezzo-soprano)
Women's voices of the Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Neeme Järvi
Producer Deborah Preston.
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