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On this disc, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra play string works by Edvard Grieg.
The ACO perform perennial favourites such as the Holberg Suite and the two Elegiac Melodies, Grieg’s own orchestrations of two of his best-loved songs: Last Spring and The Wounded Heart.
The programme also includes Richard Tognetti’s adaptation of String Quartet No.1 and the ravishingly lyrical piano composition Erotikk from the composer’s celebrated collection of Lyric Pieces.
Previous recordings with Tognetti and the ACO on BIS including Mozart’s violin concerti (BISSACD1754 and BISSACD1755), have been met with critical acclaim: Gramophone’s described the team as ‘an outstanding band’ with ‘a keen individual and collective feel for style and character’, and The Observer praised their ‘gloriously exciting, tangy edged, alert and playful sound.’
Edvard Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27 (arr. R. Tognetti for string orchestra)
I. Un poco andante - Allegro molto ed agitato
II. Romanze: Andantino - Allegro agitato
III. Intermezzo: Allegro molto marcato - Allegro agitato
IV. Finale: Lento - Presto al saltarello
Edvard Grieg: 2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 (version for orchestra)
No. 1. Hjertesar (The Wounded Heart)
No. 2. Varen (Last Spring)
Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43 (arr. R. Tognetti for violin and string orchestra)
Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 5. Erotic (arr. R. Tognetti for violin and string orchestra)
Edvard Grieg: Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra)
“Tognetti's masterstroke is to have fully assimilated all the characteristics of Grieg's scoring...Transferring this procedure to the Quartet serves to enhance dramatic impact on its music narrative...The Australian Chamber Orchestra delivers playing of incredible passion and precision. Tognetti's inspired direction brings every movement to life...A triumph in every respect.”
“[the String Quartet is] a striking piece, driven and agitated on the one hand, sweetly lyrical on the other. The performers give it vitality and beauty and a programmatic narrative which compelling. The original solo lines are sometimes left as they were, rather poignantly so in the dramatic first movement...the Australians offer a spirited and sensitive account [of the Two Elegiac Melodies].”
“The Australian Chamber Orchestra is renowned for its crisp, clean playing, superb ensemble and intonation, and vivacious style...[The Elegiac Melodies and Holberg Suite] have dozens of rivals but, while one might find equally fine renditions, I doubt there are many better ones. Excellent sound, as usual from this label.”