Grieg - The Complete Songs Volume 4


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Grieg - The Complete Songs Volume 4



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1st Aug 2002




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Grieg - The Complete Songs Volume 4


Five Poems to texts by John Paulsen, Op. 26

12 Melodies to poems by A.O. Vinje, Op. 33

Min lille Fugl (My little Bird) EG 126

Blåbæret (The Blueberry) EG 145

Til L.M. Lindemans Sølvbryllup (For L.M. Lindeman's Silver Wedding) EG 135

Til Kirken hun vandrer (She Walks to the Church) EG 123

Den hvide, røde Rose (The White and the Red Rose) EG 137

Odalisken synger (Song of the Odalisque) EG 131

På Hamars Ruiner (On Hamar's Ruins) EG 140

Jenta (The Girl) EG 141

Til Generalkonsul Chr. Tønsberg (To Consul General Chr. Tønsberg) EG 136

Monica Groop (mezzo-soprano) & Roger Vignoles (piano)



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Edvard Grieg: 5 Songs (5 Digte), Op. 26

I. Et Hab (Hope)

II. Jeg reiste en deilig Sommerkveld (I Travelled One Lovely Summer's Eve)

III. Den Aergjerrige (Ambition)

IV. Med en Primula veris (With a Cowslip)

V. Pa Skogstien (On a Forest Path)

Edvard Grieg: 12 Melodies, Op. 33

I. Guten (The Lad)

II. Varen (Spring)

III. Den Saerde (The Wounded One)

IV. Tytebaeret (The Lingonberry)

V. Langs ei A (Along a River)

VI. Eit Syn (A Vision)

VII. Gamle Mor (Old Mother)

VIII. Det fyrste (First Things)

IX. Ved Rondane (In the Hills)

X. Et Vennestykke (On Friends)

XI. Trudom (Faithfulness)

XII. Fyremal (Aims of Life)

Edvard Grieg: Min lille fugl (My Little Bird)

Min lille Fugl (My Little Bird), EG 126

Edvard Grieg: The Blueberry

Blabaeret (The Blueberry), EG 145

Edvard Grieg: Til L.M. Lindemans Solvbryllup (For L.M. Lindemans's Silver Wedding Anniversary)

Til L.M. Lindemans Solvbryllup (For L.M. Lindeman's Silver Wedding), EG 135

Edvard Grieg: Til kirken hun vandrer (Devoutest of Maidens)

Til Kirken hun vandrer (She Walks to the Church), EG 123

Edvard Grieg: The White and the Red Rose

Den hvide, rode Rose (The White and the Red Rose), EG 137

Edvard Grieg: The Odalisque

Odalisken synger (Song of the Odalisque), EG 131

Edvard Grieg: Paa Hamars Ruiner (On the Ruins of Hamar)

Pa Hamars Ruiner (On Hamar's Ruins), EG 140

Edvard Grieg: The Lass

Jenta (The Girl), EG 141

Edvard Grieg: Til Generalkonsul Chr. Tonsberg (To Chr. Tonsberg)

To Generalkonsul Chr. Tonsberg (To Consul General Chr. Tonsberg), EG 136

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“The important item here is the complete set of the Op 33 songs. Only the second song of the Op 33 set, Våren ('Last Spring'), has had many takers – Schwarzkopf and Tauber among them.
The rest are lucky to have a single recording in the catalogue, if that.
Grieg had been recovering from the deaths of his parents and was going through a bad patch in his marriage when he set 12 poems by AO Vinje for his Op 33 set, hence their preoccupation with darker themes of mortality and mankind.
Groop does well by them, making full use of her deep mezzo colouring. Her singing is beautiful, sympathetic, typically bringing a sense of calm and understanding to 'The Spring' ('Våren') and stretching to the weightier seriousness needed for a song such as 'First Things' ('Det fyrste').
Groop and accompanist Roger Vignoles are well paired, as both like to let the music flow naturally. This puts them in the opposite corner to Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg, whose award-winning Grieg recital (DG) comes with their personalities stamped on every bar.
Where they're in competition (only three songs here), Von Otter and Forsberg are instantly memorable, achieving lift-off with a tremendous sense of elation in 'Hope' ('Et Håb') from the Op 26 set, albeit at the expense of some pullingaround of the tempo from the pianist. There are people who are resistant to the Swedish couple's bold way with Grieg and for them the more traditional approach of Groop and Vignoles will be preferable. The recording quality is first rate.”

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