Grieg: Complete Music for Piano 4-Hands; Peer Gynt Suites / Plano, Del Negro

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During the years leading up to the beginning of the 20th century, Edvard Grieg was the most significant Scandinavian composer. His 4 Norwegian dances Op....

During the years leading up to the beginning of the 20th century, Edvard Grieg was the most significant Scandinavian composer. His 4 Norwegian dances Op. 35 are arrangements for piano four-hands of old folk tunes. The Symphony in C minor was composed in 1863–64. The melodies of its second and third movements later came to be known in the present arrangement for piano duet known as 2 Symphonic Pieces Op. 14. Grieg composed a score for Peer Gynt of some 90 minutes of incidental music, from which he selected the most beautiful numbers for two orchestral suites which he arranged in versions for piano solo and piano four-hands.

Grieg wrote the 2 Walzer-Capricen Op.37 for piano four hands in 1883. The 2 Nordic Melodies, Op. 63 were originally written for string orchestra in 1895. The work is dedicated to the Norwegian and Swedish ambassador to Paris Frederik Due. Due sent Grieg some compositions for violin and piano, and one of his melodies appears in the first piece: ‘In Folk Style’. The second piece, comprising the ‘Cow-Call’ and ‘Peasant Dance’, is a reworking of two pieces (Nos. 18 and 22) from Grieg’s Op. 17 (25 Norwegian Folk Ballads and Dances).

REVIEW:

Grieg had a mastery of the two-piano idiom that is well represented here by Plano and Del Negro. I am very pleased to have this excellent release in my library. It has great piano sound and some of my favorites along with a few rare pieces.

-- American Record Guide



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 26, 2023


  • UPC: 5028421962849


  • Catalog Number: BRI96284


  • Label: Brilliant Classics


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Edvard Grieg


  • Performer: Roberto Plano, Paola Del Negro



Works:


  1. Norwegian Dances (4), Op. 35

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano), Paola Del Negro (Piano)


  2. Symphonic Pieces (2), Op. 14

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano), Paola Del Negro (Piano)


  3. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano), Paola Del Negro (Piano)


  4. Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano), Paola Del Negro (Piano)


  5. Walzer-Capricen, Op. 37

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano), Paola Del Negro (Piano)


  6. Nordic Melodies (2), Op. 63

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Roberto Plano (Piano), Paola Del Negro (Piano)