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Grieg - Piano Concerto

Composer Edvard Grieg
Performer Noriko Ogawa
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Ole Kristian Ruud, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1191 SACD
EAN 7318599911915
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2003
Total time 79'09

Gramophone: outstanding.

As one of the three household names of Nordic music and Scandinavia's most "popular" composer, Grieg is traditional BIS territory. We have now started an exciting undertaking: to record all of Grieg's orchestral music. This will be the first complete Grieg series made by a Norwegian orchestra, and what could be a more natural choice than letting the leading Norwegian conductor of his generation, Ole Kristian Ruud and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Grieg’s “own” orchestra, do the honours. (Grieg’s grandfather was employed as leader of the orchestra in 1770 and 110 years later the composer was its musical director. Even now Grieg’s influence is great, as he left a great deal of money to a foundation supporting the orchestra.)
The programme on this first disc in the cycle includes both old favourites – the piano concerto – and less known works. (The Symphony was actually left unperformed for more than 100 years, from 1867 to 1980.) Recorded with the new DSD (Direct Stream Digital) technology, this hybrid disc offers the option of surround sound as well as the usual stereo – a first for this the most recorded (?) of all piano concertos.

Some press voices:

"this performance will make you fall in love with the music all over again."
American Record Guide 7-8/2003

"Ogawa finds herself up against some of the most hallowed names to have ever tickled the ivories - and emerges triumphant." Classic FM 2003

"All the performances on this disc are given with such zest and affection that all possible criticism is swept aside." Gramophone June 2003

"L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Bergen affiche ici une splendide verve, une éloquence éblouissante et une vigueur qui fait plaisir à entendre... Ogawa, en parfaite osmose avec la partition et le chef offre une lecture chalereuse, romantique et sans affectation." Répertoire May 2003
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  Edvard Grieg
01 In Autumn 13'00
  Piano Concerto in A minor 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
  Album total 79'09
ConductorRuud, Ole Kristian
ComposerGrieg, Edvard
OrchestraBergen Philharmonic Orchestra
PianoOgawa, Noriko

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