Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Vol. 1 / Peter Donohoe

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If Chopin ‘invented’ the Mazurka, then surely by the same token Grieg ‘invented’ the Lyric Piece. Over his lifetime he published ten volumes of Lyric Pieces, containing 66 individual works.

Born in Bergen, Grieg studied in Leipzig and became established as Norway’s leading composer, successfully synthesizing Norwegian folk music with the forms and conventions of the German tradition. While he was internationally acclaimed for his Piano Concerto and the incidental music to Peer Gynt, the vast majority of his output lies not in large-scale works, but in smaller, more intimate forms, especially songs and, of course, his Lyric Pieces.

Peter Donohoe writes: ‘as a teenager I expanded my knowledge of the music of Grieg to include many solo piano pieces as well as the better-known orchestral works. I was beguiled by his style, and the reason remains somewhat intangible. Although one is able to identify the originality of Grieg as a composer – the Norwegian folk element in his music, his natural gift for memorable melodic lines, his occasional diversions into unique and extraordinarily forward-looking harmonies, and, to some degree, his emotional naïveté – there is a unique, unidentifiable kernel in his output that defies analysis, as is true of the work of all the great composers... All these works are pristine examples of his diverse and original style – Norwegian with a Germanic flavour – and it has been a huge and satisfying pleasure to return to them to create this and future recordings.’

REVIEW:

Donohoe, with a devotion to Grieg’s music dating back to his early years, clearly has the measure of this repertoire. He gets inside the gentler pieces, such as ‘Melancholy’ and ‘Summer Evening’, with beautifully poised playing. Grieg in his more overtly national mood, as in the famous and virtuoso ‘Halling’, is presented with infectious enjoyment and the simpler pieces are never patronized.

-- BBC Music Magazine



Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 10, 2022


  • Catalog Number: CHAN 20254


  • UPC: 0095115225424


  • Label: Chandos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Edvard Grieg


  • Performer: Peter Donohoe



Works:


  1. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54, No. 6: Bell Ringing

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  2. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57, No. 4: Secret

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  3. Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12, No. 7: Album Leaf

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  4. Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12, No. 2: Waltz

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  5. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65, No. 2: Peasant's Song

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  6. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57, No. 2: Gade

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  7. Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71, No. 4: Peace in the woods

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  8. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43, No. 6: To Spring

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  9. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43, No. 3: In My Homeland

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  10. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62, No. 4: Brooklet

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  11. Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12, No. 4: Dance of the Fairies

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  12. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65, No. 3: Melancholy

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  13. Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71, No. 3: Puck

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  14. Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38, No. 8: Canon

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  15. Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71, No. 2: Summer's Eve

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  16. Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47, No. 2: Albumleaf

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  17. Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47, No. 5: Melancholy

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  18. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 6, Op. 57, No. 1: Vanished Dyas

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  19. Lyric Pieces (8), Book 3, Op. 38, No. 3: Melody

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  20. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54, No. 5: Scherzo

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  21. Lyric Pieces (7), Book 1, Op. 12, No. 6: Norwegian

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  22. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54, No. 1: Shepherd's boy

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  23. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 8, Op. 65, No. 6: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  24. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43, No. 5: Erotikon

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  25. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54, No. 4: Nocturne

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  26. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68, No. 6: Melancholy waltz

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)


  27. Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71, No. 5: Halling (Nowegian Dance)

    Composer: Edvard Grieg

    Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)