Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

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Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor and other works

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor and other works


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century

Ballade in G minor, Op. 24

Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 1 - Arietta

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 6 - Bell-Ringing

Lyric Pieces Op. 62: No. 4 - Brooklet

Lyric Pieces Op. 62: No. 6 - Homeward

Lyric Pieces Op. 57: No. 6 - Homesickness

Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op. 3: No. 4

Du fatter ei Bolgernes evige Gang, Op. 5 No. 2

Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 7 - Remembrances

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 6 - To Spring

Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 2 - Summer's Eve

Lyric Pieces Op. 47: No. 4 - Norwegian Dance


Alexey Zuev (Erard/Pleyel piano)

Grieg on period pianos

This release by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute is not just another recording of Grieg’s Concerto in A minor – a work that belongs to the core repertoire of virtually every piano virtuoso. Thanks to a joint decision taken by the soloist, the conductor and the musicians of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, this popular work, bearing strong echoes of the romanticism of the first half of the nineteenth century – not just the works of Schumann, but also Hummel, Mendelssohn and, perhaps most of all, Chopin – has assumed a quite singular aural apparel. (…) This difference reveals hitherto unknown aspects of Grieg’s music. (…). The 1849 Erard, so very different from modern-day pianos, brings many surprises, and, in dialogue with an orchestra excelling in the performance of music from even earlier times, it is capable not just of pleasantly surprising us, but also of irritating, moving and perplexing us … so different have our experiences been to date.

This disc, comprising two complementary parts (a recording of a concert given during the Chopin Institute’s festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’ and solo studio recordings), adheres to the artistic programme that has been followed by the Institute since 2005, one of the fundamental premises of which is to introduce contemporary listeners to the authentic sound of Chopin’s era, as broadly understood.

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Frederick Chopin Institute - NIFCCD106

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Alice Sara Ott: Wonderland

Alice Sara Ott: Wonderland


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 1 - Once upon a Time

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 1 - Butterfly

Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 7 - Album leaf

Peer Gynt: Solveig's Song

arranged for piano

Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 4 - Dance of the Fairies

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 6 - To Spring

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 3 - March of the Trolls

Notturno from Lyric Suite, Op. 54

Lyric Pieces Op. 62: No. 4 - Brooklet

In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)

arranged for piano

Lyric Pieces Op. 65: No. 5 - Ballad

Lyric Pieces Op. 65: No. 6 - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen


“Alice Sara Ott gives a strong-centred account with plenty of power and flair; and she is much blessed to have as her companions the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, sounding fabulous under Esa-Pekka Salonen with radiant tone and the textures shimmering with detail…[but] despite many fine qualities, a little more wit and sparkle wouldn’t hurt.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 ****

“The concerto may sound small-scale to anyone who thinks of this as a big romantic warhorse; it is elegantly phrased by Ott and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen...in the miniatures there’s a very present quality to both Ott’s playing and the recorded sound...Wedding Day at Troldhaugen comes with a witty scramble to get to the church on time.” The Guardian, 13th October 2016

DG - 4794631

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Tchaikovsky & Grieg: Piano Concertos

Tchaikovsky & Grieg: Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23


This new PENTATONE release of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 marks the start of the musical collaboration between the label and the young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin. Kozhukhin established himself on the international concert scene after winning prizes at the 2006 Leeds International Piano Competition, as well as the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition.

‘I am thrilled to have the opportunity to record repertoire that has played a significant part in my musical life’ says Kozhukhin about this recording, made with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky. Kozhukhin chose two concertos that against all odds, both turned out to become “virtuoso warhorses”. Grieg is known as a composer with a focus on the more intimate musical genres. His first attempt to compose in a more extensive musical genre, resulted in a symphony of which Grieg himself said it “should never be performed...”. His other attempt however, the Piano Concerto in A minor, brought him world-wide success. Until Tchaikovsky started writing his first piano concerto, piano music had only been of secondary interest to him. As he himself put it: “Basically, I am inflicting violence upon myself by forcing my brain to come up with piano passages”. After seeking professional advice on the composition with his friend and excellent pianist Nikolaj Rubinstein, the latter basically massacred the piece and refused to première it. Fortunately Tchaikovsky then decided to dedicate it to German pianist Hans von Bülow, who later on gave it its triumphant première. Nowadays these two concertos rank among the most magical in the piano repertoire.

“Out of repertory that has been celebrated, picked over and just about played to death over the course of almost a century and a half, they create magic…of course, this could only be achieved by deeply cultivated musical instincts and a technique as developed and varied as it is unobtrusive. His inerrant rhythmic sense is pliant yet taut; his sound unalloyed silver. Listening to Kozhukhin, you’re left with one thing: the music – incontestable, complete” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2016

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Grieg & Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos

Grieg & Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22


Vadym Kholodenko (piano)

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya

2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko is the featured piano soloist in this recording of the Grieg Concerto in A minor and the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

[He] “matches his impressive keyboard prowess with probing emotional depth and daring individuality.” San Diego Story Grieg’s mission to promote the national music of Norway gave him a distinctive edge among his contemporaries, and the premiere of his Piano Concerto in A minor earned him the widespread success he had long been seeking.

While Grieg’s concerto is the work of a composer just beginning to find his place on the international cultural stage, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, written just a year earlier, has all the hallmarks of an artist who has already reached maturity.

When the great Russian pianist Anton Rubinstein came to Paris in the spring of 1868 to perform in a series of concerts with Saint-Saëns conducting, Saint-Saëns found the perfect opportunity to impress the public with another remarkable musical feat. Rubinstein decided it would be fun to round off his trip with a role reversal: he would make his Parisian conducting debut with Saint-Saëns at the piano and Saint-Saëns had just 17 days to write a new concerto for the occasion. The Concerto in G minor was premiered as planned just three weeks later to huge critical acclaim, particularly for Saint-Saëns’ facility at the keyboard in what is an especially virtuosic work and one of Saint-Saëns’ most witty and imaginative. Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike, taking home prizes for best performance of the chamber work and best performance of the commissioned work. He further demonstrated his artistry with a stunning cadenza in Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 – which he composed himself on the plane from Moscow to the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition. Since then, Kholodenko has continued to build an international reputation, appearing with major orchestras and in recital in the United States, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore. Last season marked the beginning of his three-year association with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as its first ever artistic partner. The collaboration includes performances of the complete Prokofiev concertos, which are being recorded for harmonia mundi USA, as well as chamber music projects and international touring in 2016.

“For a truly outstanding recording of the Grieg, turn to Vadym Kholodenko, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, with its notably eloquent horn, cello and flute soloists making their presence felt alongside a pianist who allows the big tunes to breathe, knows exactly how to shape each movement and yet injects the urgency of a live performance into proceedings. The slow movement is as moving as any I've heard…but the companion piece, Saint-Saens's Second Concerto, is even better, perhaps the most consistently accurately observed reading on disc.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

“There's steely-fingered technique aplenty but the 2013 Van Cliburn Gold winner brings a heaviness, dulling Grieg's ethereal Adagio and Saint-Saëns fly-away moments.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2015

“These are persuasive, personable performances of two much-loved piano concertos. Vadym Kholodenko (2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist) conjures a likeable warmth from his instrument, which is never harsh; his phrasing is affectionate without becoming mawkish; and his technical armoury is well-nigh infallible.” Classical Ear, 13th October 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2015

Harmonia Mundi - HMU907629

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Grieg: Piano Concerto & Lyric Pieces

Grieg: Piano Concerto & Lyric Pieces


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo

Lyric Pieces Op. 38: No. 8 - Waltz

Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 1 - Arietta

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 1 - Butterfly

Lyric Pieces Op. 47: No. 3 - Melody

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 2 - Lonely Wanderer

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 3 - March of the Trolls

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 - Nocturne

Lyric Pieces Op. 57: No. 6 - Homesickness

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 3 - At your feet

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 5 - At the cradle

Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 1 - Once upon a Time

Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 7 - Remembrances


The work of a young musician of 25, the celebrated Piano Concerto by Grieg combines the great Romantic tradition and Norwegian folk music. The 'Lyric Pieces' are among the works that made Grieg world-famous. As in the case of the Piano Concerto, commentators have held that a certain combination of intervals (the ‘Grieg motif’) is chiefly responsible for its specific Norwegian quality. For Grieg himself the question of Norwegian culture was a tremendously important one, and he used his international reputation to fight tirelessly for the recognition of Norway as a state. He owed that reputation in considerable part to the 'Lyric Pieces', which he wrote over the space of four decades. They are indebted to the Romantic character piece in free form, which became widespread after 1830 and found outstanding representatives in Schumann and Mendelssohn. Grieg certainly also composed them with a view to their use in teaching the piano, with the result that they swiftly won the hearts of devotees of domestic music-making all over Europe. The present recording offers a representative selection: a set of eight pieces with which the 24year-old composer scored a resounding success immediately upon publication. He had managed to establish a personal voice virtually at a stroke. Further books followed over the decades, and, surprisingly enough, he enjoyed unfailing success with them, even though he hardly changed his ‘artistic strategy’.

“I really fell for Perianes’ playing here, I love that he embraces the breadth of that cadenza, he plays it as if it’s totally fresh like we’ve never heard those themes before … just gorgeous.” CD Review

“Perianes's performance is of such a fearless and arresting brilliance that it virtually erases memories of the past. For here is Grieg restored to all its first icy, northern and unsentimental glory...The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo are with their soloist all the way so that you may well find yourself falling in love and in awe all over again with this evergreen Romantic masterpiece.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“There is spontaneity to Perianes’ playing in this live concerto that is most compelling … the orchestra plays with great beauty. Perianes’ greatest achievement is the first movement cadenza, which emerges here as a brooding tone-poem; the debt to Lizst is clear...The stand-out success is the remarkable ‘Notturno’; here Grieg’s interior side clearly resonates with Perianes.” International Piano, July/August 2015

“enormously exciting and tremendous fun … Perianes’ playing is full of sensitivity and subtlety, and will give a great deal of pleasure.” MusicWeb International, November 2015

“This version will give pleasure to those who want an unfussy, brilliant and virtuosic concerto … The CD also includes a studio recording of a dozen Lyric Pieces, showing the pianist fully understands the idiom. It is all well recorded and performed.” Pianist Magazine, August/September 2015

“it is an interpretation into which soloist and orchestra seem, gratifyingly, to have grown together... the romantic expansiveness that marks their interpretation overall is tempered by playing from both pianist and orchestra that is as crisp and highly charged as one could want.” The Guardian, 28th May 2015 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2015

Harmonia Mundi - HMC902205

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Grieg & Schumann: Piano Concertos

Grieg & Schumann: Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Sony musicforyou - 88875070982

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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 & Piano Concerto

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 & Piano Concerto


Grieg:

Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16


Regis - RRC1423

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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2, Piano Concerto & 7 Lyric Pieces

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2, Piano Concerto & 7 Lyric Pieces


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Ronan O'Hora (piano)

Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2

Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 1 - Arietta

Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 4 - Dance of the Fairies

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 1 - Butterfly

Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 6 - To Spring

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 - Nocturne

Lyric Pieces Op. 62: No. 1 - Sylph

Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 2 - Summer's Eve


“Ronan O'Hara gives a nimble yet substantial account of Grieg's Piano Concerto, balancing tenderness with virtuosity.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ****

“when it comes to generous emotional engagement you will look in vain in this price bracket. Ronan O’Hora is an extremely classy act and this version of the concerto need not look bashful in the company of the conventionally recognised reference versions” MusicWeb International, 17th March 2014

Alto - ALC1218

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Grieg: Piano Concerto & Lyric Pieces

Grieg: Piano Concerto & Lyric Pieces


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Kitayenko

Lyric Pieces III (6), Op. 43

Lyric Pieces V (6), Op. 54


Erato - 2322862

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Grieg & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos

Grieg & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18


Sa Chen has been called “a brilliant pianist” by Emmanuel Ax. Here she performs what are probably two of the best known of all piano concertos. Her previous release on PentaTone (PTC5186355) included Rachmaninov’s Études-Tableaux; “The tone is unremittingly beautiful, she displays a wide palette of pianistic colour...” International Record Review.

“She projects the rolling passagework and multi-layered textures of the Rachmaninov's first movement with plenty of power and sweep...Chen's well-modulated, regulation pianism does justice to the Grieg Concerto's solo part but she offers little that her recorded competitors have not done better.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

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Pentatone - PTC5186444

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