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Grieg - The Complete Orchestral Music

8 CDs for the price of 4

To list the various distinctions awarded to the recordings that make up this sumptuous offering is almost impossible; suffice it to say that the entire series received the Grieg Award in 2007, the year of the hundredth anniversary of the death of the composer, as well as a very special commendation by the UK Grieg Society the same year. During 2003-2006, as the individual discs were released, reviewers all over the world were heaping praise over the series – astoundingly enough, as this is repertoire that at least in part belong to some of the most well-represented on disc. But this did not seem to matter to the critics, who described the performance of the Piano Concerto as one that ‘will make you fall in love with the music all over again’ (American Record Guide) and that of the Holberg Suite ‘so compelling that it simply makes you forget about any other’ (Classics, deeming the Peer Gynt Suites to be ‘interpretations that rejuvenate even this almost hackneyed, overly familiar music, relieving it of all the ballast of performance history’ ( It was the freshness of the performances by Ole Kristian Ruud and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra that struck most critics – freshness coupled with expertise: ‘Bergen musicians have lived with these scores since their creation and all the performances here have a relaxed, idiomatic naturalness in their virtuosity’ (Gramophone).

A second point was the superior sound quality – the result of inspired and painstaking work by the BIS recording staff in combination with the splendid acoustics of the Grieg Hall in Bergen. ‘Sonically this production features demonstration quality both in stereo and SACD multi-channel formats’ wrote the reviewer of Classics; ‘a fabulous complete cycle, admirably served by the splendid recording technique’ was the verdict in Classica-Répertoire.

The third factor contributing to the warm reception was of course the music itself, the fascination and power exerted by the Piano Concerto and the complete Peer Gynt, the emotion projected in Bergliot and Den Bergtekne, the charm and freshness of the orchestral songs and Lyric Suite – in the words of one reviewer: ‘music that you'd have to be either deaf or dead not to love’. The complete traversal, generally considered a reference point in the Grieg discography, is now available in this stereo-only version at a very advantageous price.
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Disc 1
  Edvard Grieg
01 I høst (In Autumn), concert overture for orchestra, Op.11 13'00
  Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 30'54
02 I. Allegro molto moderato 13'20
03 II. Adagio 6'45
04 III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato 10'49
  Symphony in C minor 33'42
05 I. Allegro molto 12'20
06 II. Adagio espressivo 7'33
07 III. Intermezzo. Allegro energico 5'15
08 IV. Finale. Allegro molto vivace 8'34
Disc 2
  Edvard Grieg
  Sigurd Jorsalfar, incidental music, Op.22 34'11
01 I. Innledning til Akt I / Introduction to Act I 2'10
02 II. Borghilds drøm / Borghild's Dream 3'42
03 III. Ved mannjevningen / At the Matching Game 3'38
04 IV. Norrønafolket / The Northland Folk 5'58
05 V. Hyldningsmarsj / Homage March 9'17
06 VI. Mellomspill I / Interlude I 1'45
07 VII. Mellomspill II / Interlude II 3'34
08 VIII. Kongekvadet / The King's Song 4'07
09 Landkjenning (Land Sighting), Op.31 6'30
10 Bergliot, Op.42 18'37
11 Sørgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak (Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak), EG117 7'49
12 Den Bergtekne (The Mountain Thrall), Op.32 5'37
Disc 3
  Edvard Grieg
  Olav Trygvason, opera fragment, Op.50 34'07
01 Scene 1 7'46
02 Scene 2 14'59
03 Scene 3 11'22
04 Foran Sydens Kloster (At the Cloister Gate), Op.20 10'15
  Six Songs with Orchestra 28'33
05 I. Solveigs Sang (Solveig's Song), Op.23 No.19 5'27
06 II. Solveigs Vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song), Op.23 No.26 4'00
07 III. Fra Monte Pincio (From Monte Pincio), Op.39 No.1 4'58
08 IV. En Svane (A Swan), Op.25 No.2 2'21
09 V. Våren (Last Spring), Op.33 No.2 8'17
10 VI. Henrik Wergeland, Op.58 No.3 3'30
11 Ved Rondane (At Rondane), Op.33 No.9 3'03
Disc 4
  Edvard Grieg
  Peer Gynt, Op.23. Act I: 14'35
01 Prelude - I Bryllupsgården (At the Wedding) 4'57
02 Bukkerittet (The Buckride) 2'10
03 Bryllupsmarsj (Wedding March) 3'18
04 På vei til Hegstad (On the way to Hegstad) 0'52
05 Halling 0'47
06 Springar: Bryllupet på Hegstad (Springar: The Wedding at Hegstad) 2'31
  Peer Gynt, Op.23. Act II: 27'27
07 Prelude - Bruderovet. Ingrids klage (The Abduction of the Bride. Ingrid's Lament) 4'01
08 Peer Gynt og Ingrid (Peer Gynt and Ingrid) 0'56
09 Peer Gynt på flukt (Peer Gynt on the run) 0'24
10 Peer Gynt og Sæterjentene (Peer Gynt and the Herd-Girls) 3'34
11 Peer Gynt og Den Grønnkledde (Peer Gynt and the Woman in Green) 2'23
12 Peer Gynt og Den Grønnkledde, forts. (Peer Gynt and the Woman in Green, cont.) 1'34
13 På ridestellet skal storfolk kjennes (Great folk may be known by the mounts…) 0'18
14 I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King) 2'43
15 Peer Gynts møte med Dovregubben (Peer Gynt meets the Mountain King) 1'24
16 Dans av Dovregubbens datter (Dance of the Mountain King's Daughter) 1'40
17 Ut av Dovregubbens hall (Out of the Mountain King's Hall) 0'55
18 Peer Gynt jages av troll (Peer Gynt hunted by the trolls) 3'18
19 Peer Gynt og Bøygen (Peer Gynt and the Boyg) 4'17
  Peer Gynt, Op.23. Act III: 10'54
20 Peer Gynt og Solveig (Peer Gynt and Solveig) 0'36
21 Prelude - Forspill til Åses død (Prelude to The Death of Aase) 4'28
22 Åses død (The Death of Aase) 5'50
Disc 5
  Edvard Grieg
  Peer Gynt, Op.23. Act IV: 31'39
01 Prelude - Morgenstemning (Morning Mood) 3'50
02 I Marokko (In Morocco) 1'23
03 Tyven og heleren (The Thief and the Receiver) 1'26
04 Peer Gynt blir profet (Peer Gynt becomes a Prophet) 0'34
05 Arabisk dans (Arabian Dance) 4'47
06 Profet og hersker (Prophet and Ruler) 0'14
07 Anitras dans (Anitra's Dance) 3'29
08 Profetens juvel (The Prophet's Jewel) 0'51
09 Peer Gynts Serenade (Peer Gynt's Serenade) 2'44
10 Peer Gynt og Anitra (Peer Gynt and Anitra) 0'14
11 Peer Gynt og Anitra, forts. (Peer Gynt and Anitra, cont.) 2'00
12 Forlatt i ørkenen (Alone in the Desert) 0'42
13 Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song) 5'28
14 Peer Gynt i Egypt (Peer Gynt in Egypt) 0'17
15 Peer Gynt ved Memnonstøtten (Peer Gynt at the Statue of Memnon) 2'10
16 Peer Gynt og Begriffenfeldt (Peer Gynt and Begriffenfeldt) 1'30
  Peer Gynt, Op.23. Act V: 27'48
17 Prelude - Peer Gynts hjemfart. Stormfull aften på havet (Peer Gynts Homecoming. Stormy Evening on the Sea) 2'23
18 Utenfor den norske kyst (Off the Norwegian Coast) 1'27
19 Skipsforliset (Shipwreck) 1'15
20 På båthvelvet (On the Boat Hull) 0'35
21 Solveig synger i hytten (Solveig sings in the Hut) 1'42
22 Peer Gynt ved hytten (Peer Gynt by the Hut) 0'19
23 Nattscene (Night Scene) 7'04
24 Peer Gynt og Knappestøperen (Peer Gynt and the Button Moulder) 2'08
25 Deilige sol og deilige jord (Lovely Sun and Lovely Earth) 1'33
26 Pinsesalme: Velsignede morgen (Whitsun Hymn: Oh Blessed Morning) 1'14
27 Utenfor hytten (Outside the Hut) 1'02
28 Peer Gynt og Solveig (Peer Gynt and Solveig) 1'09
29 Solveigs vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song) 5'57
Disc 6
  Edvard Grieg
  Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46 15'11
01 I. Morgenstemning (Morning Mood) 4'11
02 II. Åses død (The Death of Aase) 4'40
03 III. Anitras dans (Anitra's Dance) 3'38
04 IV. I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King) 2'42
  Peer Gynt Suite No.2, Op.55 16'49
05 I. Bruderovet. Ingrids Klage (The Abduction of the Bride. Ingrid's Lament) 3'58
06 II. Arabisk dans (Arabian Dance) 4'48
07 III. Peer Gynts hjemfart (Stormfull aften på havet) (Peer Gynts Homecoming [Stormy Evening on the Sea]) 2'42
08 IV. Solveigs Sang (Solveig's Song) 5'21
09 Sørgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak (Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak), version for wind band, EG117 7'52
10 Gammelnorsk romanse med variasjoner (Old Norwegian Melody with Variations), Op.51 24'29
11 Klokkeklang (Bell Ringing), Op.54 No.6 3'59
Disc 7
  Edvard Grieg
  Fra Holbergs tid (Holberg Suite), Op.40 19'58
01 I. Prelude 2'43
02 II. Sarabande 4'00
03 III. Gavotte 3'48
04 IV. Air 5'35
05 V. Rigaudon 3'52
  To elegiske melodier (Two Elegiac Melodies), Op.34 8'50
06 I. Hjertesår (The Wounded Heart) 3'14
07 II. Våren (Last Spring) 5'36
  To melodier (Two Melodies), Op.53 9'03
08 I. Norsk (Norwegian) 4'26
09 II. Det første Møte (The First Meeting) 4'37
  To nordiske melodier (Two Nordic Melodies), Op.63 11'52
10 I. I folketonestil (In Folk Style) 7'24
11 II. Kulokk & Stabbelåten (Cow Call and Peasant Dance) 4'28
  To lyriske stykker (Two Lyric Pieces), Op.68 7'42
12 I. Aften på Høyfjellet (Evening in the Mountains) 3'55
13 II. Bådnlåt (At the Cradle) 3'47
Disc 8
  Edvard Grieg
  Norwegian Dances, Op.35 18'02
01 I. Allegro marcato 5'35
02 II. Allegretto tranquillo e grazioso 2'37
03 III. Allegro moderato alla Marcia 3'43
04 IV. Allegro molto 6'07
  Symphonic Dances, Op.64 33'45
05 I. Allegro moderato e marcato 8'17
06 II. Allegretto grazioso 6'47
07 III. Allegro giocoso 6'28
08 IV. Andante – Allegro molto e risoluto 12'13
  Lyric Suite, Op.54 17'31
09 I. Gjetergutt (Shepherd Boy). Andante espressivo 5'31
10 II. Gangar (Norwegian Dance). Allegretto marciale 4'01
11 III. Notturno (Nocturne). Andante 4'33
12 IV. Trolltog (March of the Dwarfs). Allegretto moderato 3'26
  Album total 505'15
ComposerGrieg, Edvard
OrchestraBergen Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorRuud, Ole Kristian
PianoOgawa, Noriko
BaritoneHagegård, Håkan
Halstein Moe, Trond
NarratorMauseth, Görild
SopranoKringelborn, Solveig
Solberg, Marita
ChoirBergen Philharmonic Choir
Bergen Vocal Ensemble
Voci Nobili
Mezzo-sopranoKosmo, Ingebjörg
ActorHungnes, Svein Sturla
Simonsen, Kari

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