Grieg: Piano Music Vol. 1

Naxos: 8550881

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Grieg: Piano Music Vol. 1

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8550881
(8.550881)

Discs:

1

Barcode:

0730099588126

Length:

72 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Grieg: Piano Music Vol. 1


Grieg:

Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7

Funeral March: Rikard Nordraak in memoriam

Four Piano Pieces, Op. 1

Melodies Of Norway, Eg 108: 'The Sirens'

Moods, Op. 73

Jeg Elsker Deg, Op. 41 No. 3

Humoresques, Op. 6


Einar Steen-Nokleberg (piano)

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Edvard Grieg: Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 7

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andante molto

III. Alla Menuetto, ma poco piu lento

IV. Finale: Molto allegro

Edvard Grieg: Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak

Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak, EG 107

Edvard Grieg: 4 Piano Pieces, Op. 1

Allegro con leggerezza

Non allegro e molto espressivo

Mazurka con grazia

Allegretto con moto

Edvard Grieg: Norway's Melodies

Melodies of Norway, EG 108: The Sirens' Enticement

Edvard Grieg: Stimmungen (Moods), Op. 73

Resignasjon (Resignation)

Scherzo-Impromptu

Natligt ridt (Night Ride)

Folketone (Folk Melody)

Studie (Hommage a Chopin)

Studenternes serenade (Student's Serenade)

Lualat (The Mountaineer's Song)

Edvard Grieg: Transcriptions of Original Songs, Vol. II, Op. 41

Jeg elsker dig, Op. 41, No. 3

Edvard Grieg: Humoresques, Op. 6

Tempo di Valse

Tempo di Menuetto ed energico

Allegretto con grazia

Allegro alla burla

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“These are the first four volumes of a complete Grieg cycle which stretches to no fewer than 14 discs. Since they are all at super-budget price they make a very competitive alternative to other complete or near-complete surveys. Einar Steen-Nøkleberg came into prominence during the 1970s and won numerous Norwegian and other prizes. He was professor of the piano at the Hanover Musikhochschule for a number of years and is the author of a monograph on Grieg's piano music and its interpretation.
8 550881: The first disc juxtaposes early pieces, the Sonata, Op 7, the Op 6 Humoresques and the Funeral March for Rikard Nordraak, all written in the mid-1890s with his very last piano work, Stimmungen (or 'Moods'), Op 73. He plays these bold and original pieces with great flair and understanding. Whatever its limitations there's much greater range in Grieg's piano music than is commonly realised and Steen-Nøkleberg is attuned to the whole spectrum it covers, whether in the Bartókian 'Mountaineer's Song' from the Op 73 to the charm and innocence of the Allegretto con grazia, the third of the Humoresques, Op 6. 8 550882: The 19Norwegian Folksongs (1896) are remarkable pieces as Grieg himself knew. He wrote to the Dutch composer, Julius Röntgen, of having 'put some hair-raising chromatic chords on paper.
The excuse is that they originated not on the piano but in my mind.' Readers will recognise No 14 as the source of the theme for Delius's Onhearing the first cuckoo in spring. Steen-Nøkleberg plays them with great tonal finesse and consummate artistry.
8 550883: The most substantial work on this disc is the Ballade which Grieg wrote on his parents' death. This recording can hold its own with the best in this healthy area of the catalogue – even if there are moments when Steen-Nøkleberg seems too discursive. Yet what an imaginative colour he produces in the Adagio variation when the music suddenly melts pianissimo.8 550884: The Norwegian Peasant Dances are amazing pieces for their period, and though their audacity and dissonance were later overtaken by Bartók, they still retain their capacity to surprise. The playing conveys the extraordinary character and originality of these pieces as do few others. The smaller pieces contained on this disc – as well as on its companions – are full of rewards.”

Gramophone Magazine

“The playing is full of imagination, character and sensitivity and the recordings... are very natural too. I would recommend them strongly even had they been at full price.”

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