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Edvard Grieg - The Complete Songs

Composer Edvard Grieg
Performer Love Derwinger
Monica Groop
Ilmo Ranta
Roger Vignoles
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1607 CD
EAN 7318591607090
Format CD  –  7 discs
Release date Apr 2010
Total time 468'48

7 CDs for the price of 3

When asked why songs had come to play such an important role in his œuvre, Edvard Grieg once said: ‘I loved a girl with a wonderful voice and an equally wonderful gift as an interpreter.’ The girl in question was Nina Hagerup, later to become Grieg’s wife, and with whom he regularly performed many of his songs – as depicted on the painting on the cover of the present boxed set. These songs were thus a labour of love for Grieg – not just his love for Nina, but also for the poems that he chose to set: ‘When I compose songs, my principal goal is not to write music but first of all to do justice to the poet’s most secret intentions... If this task is performed well, then the music is successful too.’ The 172 songs that make up this musical treasure-trove have, with some notable exceptions, received less than their share in terms of international recognition, largely due to the fact that the great majority of them are settings of Norwegian or Danish texts. The present collection includes a 184-page booklet containing all the song texts in the original language with parallel translations into English. The seven discs that make up the collection have previously been released separately, to great acclaim from reviewers around the world: ‘Something of a landmark in the Grieg discography… Monica Groop penetrates the very essence of the Grieg spirit with the artlessness that conceals art’, wrote International Record Review about one instalment, while a BBC Music Magazine review described another as ‘an irresistible new take, thrilling to both the shadows and the bright high-latitude light in this music.’ In her own introduction to the project Monica Groop writes: ‘I have always felt a special and instinctive affinity for Edvard Grieg and his music ... I admire his gift of being able to write simple, natural music and I have sought to preserve this in performance.’ In these endeavours the acclaimed Finnish mezzo-soprano has enjoyed the expert support of three fine pianists: Roger Vignoles, Ilmo Ranta and Love Derwinger.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Edvard Grieg
  Sechs Lieder (Six Songs), Op. 4 10'43
01 1. Die Waise (The Orphan) 2'28
02 2. Morgentau (Morning Dew) 1'21
03 3. Abschied (Parting) 2'24
04 4. Jägerlied (Hunting Song) 0'41
05 5. Das alte Lied (The Old Song) 2'17
06 6. Wo sind sie hin? (Where Have They Gone?) 1'32
 
  Hjertets Melodier af H.C. Andersen, Op. 5 (Melodies of the
Heart by H.C. Andersen)
5'37
07 1. To brune Øjne (Two Brown Eyes) 1'05
08 2. Du fatter ei Bølgernes evige Gang (The Poet’s Heart) 1'41
09 3. Jeg elsker Dig (I Love but Thee) 1'34
10 4. Min Tanke er et mægtigt Fjeld (My Mind Is Like the Mountain Steep) 1'17
 
  Sex Digte af Henrik Ibsen, Op. 25 (Six Songs by Henrik Ibsen) 11'13
11 1. Spillemænd (Fiddlers) 2'07
12 2. En svane (A Swan) 2'00
13 3. Stambogsrim (Album Lines) 1'32
14 4. Med en vandlilje (With a Water-lily) 1'52
15 5. Borte! (Departed!) 1'28
16 6. En fuglevise (A Bird-song) 2'14
 
  Barnlige Sange (7 Children’s Songs), Op. 61 Fra Nordahl
Rolfsens ”Læsebog”
12'50
17 1. Havet (The Ocean) 1'02
18 2. Sang til juletræet (The Christmas Tree) 2'26
19 3. Lok (Farmyard-Song) 0'46
20 4. Fiskervise (Fisherman’s Song) 1'07
21 5. Kveldssang for Blakken (Good-night Song for Dobbin) 2'34
22 6. De norske fjelde (The Norwegian Mountains) 3'29
23 7. Fædrelandssalme (Fatherland Hymn) 1'26
 
  ”Haugtussa”. Sang-cyklus af Arne Garborg, Op. 67 (The
Mountain Maid. Song Cycle from Arne Garborg’s
‘Haugtussa’)
25'11
24 1. Det syng (The Enticement) 3'22
25 2. Veslemøy (Veslemøy. The Young Maiden) 2'44
26 3. Blåbær-Li (Blueberry Slope) 2'50
27 4. Møte (The Tryst) 4'10
28 5. Elsk (Love) 2'29
29 6. Killingdans (Kidling’s Dance) 1'32
30 7. Vond Dag (Hurtful Day) 2'33
31 8. Ved Gjætle-Bekken (At the Brook) 5'31
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Edvard Grieg
  Romancer (Four Songs), Op.15 9'03
01 1. Margretes Vuggesang (Margaret’s Cradle Song) 1'33
02 2. Kjærlighed (Love) 2'14
03 3. Langelandsk Folkemelodi (Folk-song from Langeland) 2'39
04 4. Modersorg (A Mother’s Grief ) 2'37
 
  Romancer (ældre og nyere), Op. 39 (Songs [Older and Newer] ) 17'18
05 1. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio) 4'46
06 2. Dulgt Kjærlighed (Hidden Love) 2'46
07 3. I Liden højt deroppe (Upon a Grassy Hillside) 2'03
08 4. Millom Rosor (’Neath the Roses) 1'49
09 5. Ved en ung Hustrus Båre (At the Grave of a Young Wife) 4'48
10 6. Hör’ ich das Liedchen klingen (Hearing a Song or Carol) 1'06
 
  Romancer og Ballader af A. Munch, Op. 9 (Songs and Ballads by A. Munch) 16'04
11 1. Harpen (The Harp) 3'17
12 2. Vuggesang (Cradle Song) 4'42
13 3. Solnedgang (Sunset) 3'04
14 4. Udfarten (Outward Bound) 5'01
 
  Digte af Vilhelm Krag (Five Songs by Vilhelm Krag), Op. 60 12'05
15 1. Liden Kirsten (Little Kirsten) 3'38
16 2. Moderen synger (The Mother’s Lament) 2'21
17 3. Mens jeg venter (On the Water) 2'15
18 4. Der skreg en Fugl (A Bird Cried Out) 2'03
19 5. Og jeg vil ha mig en Hjertenskjær (Midsummer Eve) 1'48
 
  Songs without Opus Number 86'54
20 Dig elsker jeg! (I Love You, Dear), EG 127 1'56
21 Jeg elsket (I Loved Him), EG 153 3'05
22 Attegløyma (The Forgotten Maid), EG 142 2'03
23 Ave, maris stella, EG150 2'45
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Edvard Grieg
  Vier Lieder (Four Songs), Op. 2 9'37
01 1. Die Müllerin (The Maid of the Mill) 2'41
02 2. Eingehüllt in graue Wolken (Closely Wrapp’d in Misty Billows) 1'38
03 3. Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen (I Stood before Her Portrait) 3'32
04 4. Was soll ich sagen? (What Shall I Say?) 1'46
 
  Fire digte fra ”Fiskerjenten” af Bj. Bjørnson, Op. 21
(Four Songs by Bj. Bjørnson)
5'59
05 1. Det første møde (The First Meeting) 1'53
06 2. ”God morgen!” (‘Good Morning!’) 0'57
07 3. Jeg giver mit digt till våren (To Springtime My Song I’m Singing) 1'47
08 4. Takk for dit råd (Say What You Will) 1'22
 
  Songs from ‘Haugtussa’ not included in Op. 67 (Garborg) 21'38
09 Sporven (The Sparrow), EG 152d 2'17
10 I slåtten (In the Hayfield), EG 152f 2'22
11 Veslemøy undrast (Veslemøy Wondering), EG 152g 3'05
12 Dømd (Doomed), EG 152h 4'14
13 Veslemøy lengtar (Veslemøy Longing), EG 152j 3'04
14 Ku-Lok (Cow-Call), EG 152l 6'36
 
  Sechs Lieder (Six Songs), Op. 48 14'21
15 1. Gruß (Greeting) 1'07
16 2. Dereinst, Gedanke mein (One Day, O Heart of Mine) 3'14
17 3. Lauf der Welt (The Way of the World) 1'33
18 4. Die verschwiegene Nachtigall (The Nightingale’s Secret) 3'44
19 5. Zur Rosenzeit (The Time of Roses) 2'30
20 6. Ein Traum (A Dream) 2'13
 
  Songs without Opus Number 86'54
21 Siehst du das Meer (Look to the Sea), EG 121 1'33
22 Der Jäger (The Hunter), EG 157 2'08
23 Under Juletræet (Beneath the Christmas Tree), EG 144 2'38
24 Julens Vuggesang (Yuletide Cradle-Song), EG 155 2'24
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Edvard Grieg
  Fem digte af John Paulsen, Op. 26 (Five Songs by John Paulsen) 9'16
01 1. Et Håb (Hope) 2'10
02 2. Jeg reiste en deilig Sommerkvæld (I Walked One Balmy Summer Eve) 2'30
03 3. Den ærgjerrige (You Whispered that You Loved Me) 1'23
04 4. Med en Primula veris (The First Primrose) 1'14
05 5. På Skogstien (Autumn Thoughts) 1'59
 
  Tolv Melodier til Digte af A.O. Vinje, Op. 33 (Twelve Songs
to poems by A.O. Vinje)
30'44
06 1. Guten (The Youth) 2'51
07 2. Våren (Last Spring) 6'33
08 3. Den Særde (The Wounded Heart) 2'17
09 4. Tyteberet (The Berry) 1'35
10 5. Langs ei Å (Beside the Stream) 1'40
11 6. Eit Syn (A Vision) 1'46
12 7. Gamle Mor (The Old Mother) 1'50
13 8. Det Første (The First Thing) 2'18
14 9. Ved Rondane (At Rondane) 2'15
15 10. Et Vennestykke (A Piece on Friendship) 1'31
16 11. Trudom (Faith) 2'33
17 12. Fyremål (The Goal) 3'35
 
  Songs without Opus Number 86'54
18 Min lille Fugl (My Little Bird), EG 126 2'06
19 Blåbæret (The Blueberry), EG 145 2'08
20 Til L.M. Lindemans Sølvbryllup, EG 135 (For L.M. Lindeman’s Silver Wedding Anniversary) 4'15
21 Til Kirken hun vandrer (Devoutest of Maidens), EG 123 1'41
22 Den hvide, røde Rose (The White and Red, Red Roses), EG 137 2'01
23 Odalisken synger (The Odalisque), EG 131 3'11
24 Paa Hamars Ruiner (On the Ruins of Hamar), EG 140 2'08
25 Jenta (The Lass), EG 141 2'03
26 Til Generalkonsul Chr. Tønsberg (To Chr. Tønsberg), EG 136 4'47
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Edvard Grieg
  Fire Romancer af Chr. Winther, Op. 10 (Four Songs by Chr. Winther) 13'01
01 1. Taksigelse (Thanks) 3'38
02 2. Skovsang (Woodland Song) 3'50
03 3. Blomsterne tale (Song of the Flowers) 1'22
04 4. Sang paa Fjeldet (Song on the Mountain) 4'11
 
  Tre Sanger fra ”Peer Gynt”, Op. 23 (Three Songs from ‘Peer Gynt’) 12'11
05 Peer Gynts Serenade (Peer Gynt’s Serenade) 3'20
06 Solveigs Sang (Solveig’s Song) 4'31
07 Solveigs Vuggevise (Solveig’s Cradle Song) 4'20
 
  ”Rejseminder fra Fjeld og Fjord” af Holger Drachmann,
Op. 44 (‘Reminiscences from Mountain and Fjord’ by
Holger Drachmann)
15'27
08 1. Prolog (På Skineggen ind mod Jotunhejm) 3'15
09 2. Johanne 2'36
10 3. Ragnhild 2'10
11 4. Ingebjørg 2'30
12 5. Ragna 1'54
13 6. Epilog (Farvel til Tvindehougen) 3'02
 
  Seks Digte af Holger Drachmann, Op. 49 (Six Songs by Holger Drachmann) 25'41
14 1. Saa du Knøsen, som strøg forbi (Tell Me Now, Did You See the Lad) 4'15
15 2. Vug, o Vove (Rocking, Rocking on Gentle Waves) 6'30
16 3. Vær hilset, I Damer (Kind Greetings, Fair Ladies) 3'59
17 4. Nu er Aftnen lys og lang (Now Is Evening Light and Long) 2'46
18 5. Jule-Sne (Christmas Snow) 4'41
19 6. Foraarsregn (Spring Showers) 3'30
 
20 Simpel Sang (A Simple Song), EG 147 2'49
 
 
Disc 6
 
  Edvard Grieg
  ”Norge”. Digte af John Paulsen, Op. 58 (‘Norway’.
Five Songs by John Paulsen)
13'25
01 1. Hjemkomst (Homeward) 3'19
02 2. Til Norge (To the Motherland) 1'14
03 3. Henrik Wergeland 3'35
04 4. Turisten (The Shepherdess) 1'51
05 5. Udvandreren (The Emigrant) 3'26
 
  Romancer og Sange (Nine Songs), Op. 18 20'35
06 1. Vandring i Skoven (Moonlit Forest) 1'50
07 2. Hun er saa hvid (My Darling is as White as Snow) 1'24
08 3. En Digters sidste Sang (The Poet’s Farewell) 2'12
09 4. Efteraarsstormen (Autumn Storms) 3'26
10 5. Poesien (Poesy) 3'41
11 6. Ungbirken (The Young Birch-Tree) 1'49
12 7. Hytten (The Cottage) 1'23
13 8. Rosenknoppen (The Rosebud) 2'05
14 9. Serenade til Welhaven (Serenade to Welhaven) 2'45
 
  Elegiske Digte af John Paulsen, Op. 59 (Six Elegiac Songs by John Paulsen) 10'58
15 1. Når jeg vil dø (Autumn Farewell) 1'51
16 2. På Norges nøgne fjelde (The Pine Tree) 1'31
17 3. Til Én I (To Her [I] ) 2'04
18 4. Til Én II (To Her [II] ) 1'43
19 5. Farvel (Goodbye) 1'56
20 6. Nu hviler du i jorden (Your Eyes Are Closed Forever) 1'53
 
  Songs without Opus Number 86'54
21 Soldaten (The Soldier), EG 125 2'08
22 Taaren (Tears), EG 128 2'34
23 Vesle Gut (Little Lad), EG 129 2'26
24 Fædrelandssang (National Song), EG 151 3'58
25 Gentlemen-Menige (Gentlemen-Rankers), EG 156 3'27
 
 
Disc 7
01 Prinsessen (The Princess), EG 133 2'55
02 Claras Sang (Clara’s Song), EG 124 1'25
03 Osterlied (Easter Song), EG 146 1'54
04 Morgenbøn paa Skolen (Morning Prayer at School), EG 139 0'59
05 Den blonde Pige (The Fair-haired Maid) (first version), EG 130 4'15
 
  Den bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), Op. 32
06 Den Bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), Op. 32 4'18
 
07 Møte (The Tryst) (first version of Op. 67 No. 4) 2'40
 
  Songs without Opus Number 86'54
08 Suk (Sighs), EG 134 2'53
09 Den blonde Pige (The Fair-haired Maid) (second version), EG 138 2'48
 
  Fem Digte af Otto Benzon, Op. 69 (Five Songs by Otto Benzon) 15'33
10 1. Der gynger en Båd på Bølge (A Boat on the Waves is Rocking) 2'46
11 2. Til min Dreng (To My Son) 3'29
12 3. Ved Moders Grav (At Mother’s Grave) 2'34
13 4. Snegl, Snegl! (Snail, Snail!) 3'12
14 5. Drømme (Dreams) 3'32
 
  Fem Digte af Otto Benzon, Op. 70 (Five Songs by Otto Benzon) 13'25
15 1. Eros 2'55
16 2. Jeg lever et Liv i Længsel (A Life of Longing) 2'36
17 3. Lys Nat (Summer Night) 1'55
18 4. Se dig for (Walk with Care) 1'53
19 5. Digtervise (A Poet’s Song) 4'06
 
  Songs without Opus Number 86'54
20 Ragnhild, EG 181 2'03
21 Den syngende Menighed (The Singing Congregation), EG 122 1'53
22 Valgsang (Election Song), EG 149 6'40
23 To a Devil, EG 154 1'44
 
  Album total 468'48
ComposerGrieg, Edvard
Mezzo-sopranoGroop, Monica
PianoDerwinger, Love
Ranta, Ilmo
Vignoles, Roger

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