Grieg: Piano Works

Grieg: Piano Works
Composer Edvard Hagerup Grieg
Artist Håkon Austbö piano
Format 7 CD
Cat. number 94046
EAN code 5028421940465
Release March 2010

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For a collection of small nations at the northern fringe of Europe, Scandinavia produced in a relatively short space of time a remarkable quantity of great musicians – including from the late classical and early periods Berwald, Pacius and Crusell, to Gade, Svendsen ,Sinding and Grieg in the mid 19th, and of course Sibelius, Nielsen, Laangaard and Stenhammer at the end of the 19th who became major international composers in the first three decades of the 20th century.

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907) of course will always be remembered as the composer of the highly effective A minor piano concerto, and his incidental music to Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt. However, it is as a miniaturist that Greig’s true genius lies. Grieg was a very capable pianist, and had in fact made his early career as a concert pianist, and his songs and solo piano music form the heart of his output. The early piano sonata although interesting shows clearly why the less restricting forms of the miniatures for solo piano suited his genius. The Lyric Pieces and Peasant Dances display his keen ear for traditional folk music, matched probably only by Bartok and Kodaly.

The 66 works that comprise the 10 books of Lyric Pieces date from 1867 to 1901, and are extraordinary, exquisitely crafted works that can stand comparison to any of the great sonatas of his contemporaries. This set includes the complete Lyric Pieces, the Sonata, The Holberg Suite and the lesser-known piano works of this great composer who captured the very essence of his native Norway in music.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2001 - 2007.
- Comprehensive booklet notes included.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Book I Op.12: Arietta
  2. Book I Op.12: Waltz
  3. Book I Op.12: Watchman’s Song
  4. Book I Op.12: Fairy Dance
  5. Book I Op.12: Folk Melody
  6. Book I Op.12: Norwegian Melody
  7. Book I Op.12: Albumleaf
  8. Book I Op.12: National Song
  9. Book II Op.38: Berceuse
  10. Book II Op.38: Folk Melody
  11. Book II Op.38: Melody
  12. Book II Op.38: Norwegian Dance
  13. Book II Op.38: Spring Dance
  14. Book II Op.38: Elegy
  15. Book II Op.38: Waltz
  16. Book II Op.38: Canon
  17. Book III Op.43: Butterfly
  18. Book III Op.43: Solitary Traveller
  19. Book III Op.43: In My Native Country
  20. Book III Op.43: Little Bird
  21. Book III Op.43: Erotikon
  22. Book III Op.43: To Spring
  23. Book IV Op.47: Valse-Impromptu
  24. Book IV Op.47: Album Leaf
  25. Book IV Op.47: Melody
  26. Book IV Op.47: Norwegian Dance
  27. Book IV Op.47: Melancholy
  28. Book IV Op.47: Spring Dance
  29. Book IV Op.47: Elegy

Disk 2

  1. Book V Op.54: Shepherd Boy
  2. Book V Op.54: Norwegian March
  3. Book V Op.54: March of the Dwarfs
  4. Book V Op.54: Notturno
  5. Book V Op.54: Scherzo
  6. Book V Op.54: Bell-ringing
  7. Book VI Op.57: Vanished Days
  8. Book VI Op.57: Gade
  9. Book VI Op.57: Illusion
  10. Book VI Op.57: Secret
  11. Book VI Op.57: She Dances
  12. Book VI Op.57: Homesickness
  13. Book VII Op.62: Sylph
  14. Book VII Op.62: Gratitude
  15. Book VII Op.62: French Serenade
  16. Book VII Op.62: Little Brook
  17. Book VII Op.62: Phantom
  18. Book VII Op.62: Homeward

Disk 3

  1. Book VIII Op.65: From Early Years
  2. Book VIII Op.65: Peasant’s Song
  3. Book VIII Op.65: Melancholy
  4. Book VIII Op.65: Salon
  5. Book VIII Op.65: Ballad
  6. Book VIII Op.65: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
  7. Book IX Op.68: Sailor’s Song
  8. Book IX Op.68: Grandmother’s Minuet
  9. Book IX Op.68: At Your Feet
  10. Book IX Op.68: Evening in the Mountains
  11. Book IX Op.68: At the Cradle
  12. Book IX Op.68: Valse mélancolique
  13. Book X Op.71: Once Upon a Time
  14. Book X Op.71: Summer’s Eve
  15. Book X Op.71: Puck
  16. Book X Op.71: Peace of the Woods
  17. Book X Op.71: Norwegian Dance
  18. Book X Op.71: Gone
  19. Book X Op.71: Remembrances

Disk 4

  1. Piano Sontana In E Minor Op.7: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Piano Sontana In E Minor Op.7: II. Andante molto
  3. Piano Sontana In E Minor Op.7: III. Alla Menuetto, ma poco più lento
  4. Piano Sontana In E Minor Op.7: IV. Finale: Molto allegro
  5. Scenes From Folk Life Op.19: In the Mountains
  6. Scenes From Folk Life Op.19: Bridal Procession
  7. Scenes From Folk Life Op.19: Carnival Scene
  8. Scenes From Folk Life Op.19: Ballade in G Minor Op.24
  9. Suite ‘From Holberg’s Time’: I. Praeludium
  10. Suite ‘From Holberg’s Time’: II. Sarabande
  11. Suite ‘From Holberg’s Time’: III. Gavotte
  12. Suite ‘From Holberg’s Time’: IV. Air
  13. Suite ‘From Holberg’s Time’: V. Rigaudon

Disk 5

  1. 4 Album Leaves Op.28: No.1 Allegro con moto
  2. 4 Album Leaves Op.28: No.2 Allegretto espressivo
  3. 4 Album Leaves Op.28: No.3 Vivace
  4. 4 Album Leaves Op.28: No.4 Andantino serioso – Allegro giocoso – Tempo I
  5. Improvisation On Two Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.29: No.1 Andante – Presto leggiero – Tempo I
  6. Improvisation On Two Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.29: No.2 Allegretto con moto – Molto vivace – Tempo I
  7. Piano Pieces Op.1: No.1 Allegro con leggerezza
  8. Piano Pieces Op.1: No.2 Non allegro e molto espressivo
  9. Piano Pieces Op.1: No.3 Mazurka: Con grazia
  10. Piano Pieces Op.1: No.4 Allegretto con moto
  11. Poetic Tone-Pictures Op.3: No.1 Allegro, ma non troppo
  12. Poetic Tone-Pictures Op.3: No.2 Allegro cantabile
  13. Poetic Tone-Pictures Op.3: No.3 Con moto
  14. Poetic Tone-Pictures Op.3: No.4 Andante con sentimento
  15. Poetic Tone-Pictures Op.3: No.5 Allegro moderato
  16. Poetic Tone-Pictures Op.3: No.6 Allegro scherzando
  17. Humoresques Op.6: No.1 Tempo di valse
  18. Humoresques Op.6: No.2 Tempo di menuetto ed energico
  19. Humoresques Op.6: No.3 Allegretto con grazia
  20. Humoresques Op.6: No.4 Allegro alla burla
  21. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.1 Spring Dance
  22. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.2 The Young Man
  23. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.3 Spring Dance
  24. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.4 Nils Tallefjorden
  25. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.5 Dance from Jølster
  26. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.6 Wedding Tune
  27. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.7 Halling
  28. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.8 The Pig
  29. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.9 Religious Song
  30. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.10 The Wooer’s Song
  31. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.11 Heroic Ballad
  32. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.12 Solfager and the Snake King
  33. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.13 Wedding Recessional March
  34. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.14 Lament
  35. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.15 The Last Saturday Night
  36. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.16 I Know a Little Maiden
  37. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.17 The Gadfly and the Fly
  38. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.18 Humoristic Dance
  39. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.19 Hølje Dale
  40. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.20 Halling
  41. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.21 The Woman from Setesdal
  42. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.22 Cattle Call
  43. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.23 Peasant Song
  44. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.24 Wedding Tune
  45. Nordic Dances And Folk Tunes Op.17: No.25 The Raven’s Wedding

Disk 6

  1. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.1 Cattle Call
  2. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.2 It is the Greatest Folly
  3. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.3 A King Ruled in the East
  4. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.4 The Song of Siri Dale
  5. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.5 It Was in My Youth
  6. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.6 Cattle Call and Lullaby
  7. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.7 Lullaby
  8. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.8 Cattle Call
  9. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.9 A Little Friend
  10. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.10 Tomorrow You Shall Marry Her
  11. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.11 There Stood Two Girls
  12. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.12 Ranveig
  13. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.13 A Little Grey Man
  14. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.14 In Ola Valley, in Ola Lake
  15. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.15 Lullaby
  16. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.16 Our Little Astrid
  17. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.17 Lullaby
  18. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.18 I Wander Deep in Thought
  19. Norwegian Folk Tunes Op.66: No.19 Gjendine’s Lullaby
  20. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.1 Gibøen’s Wedding March
  21. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.2 Jon Væstafæ’s Springar
  22. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.3 Wedding March from Telemark
  23. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.4 Halling from the Gnome’s Hill
  24. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.5 The Prillar from Os parish. Springar
  25. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.6 Myllarguten’s Gangar
  26. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.7 Røtnamsknut. Halling
  27. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.8 Myllarguten’s Wedding March
  28. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.9 Nils Rekve’s Halling
  29. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.10 Knut Luråsen’s Halling No.1
  30. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.11 Knut Luråsens Halling No.1
  31. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.12 Myllarguten’s Springar
  32. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.13 Håvar Gibøen’s Dream at the Oterholt Bridge. Springar
  33. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.14 The Goblin’s wedding procession at Vossevangen. Gangar
  34. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.15 The Skuldal Bride. Gangar
  35. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.16 The Maidens of Kivledal. Springar
  36. Norwegian Peasant Dances Op.72: No.17 The Maidens of Kivledal. Gangar
  37. Moods Op.73’: No.1 Resignation
  38. Moods Op.73’: No.2 Scherzo-Impromptu
  39. Moods Op.73’: No.3 A Ride at Night
  40. Moods Op.73’: No.4 Popular Air
  41. Moods Op.73’: No.5 Study (‘Hommage à Chopin’)
  42. Moods Op.73’: No.6 Students’ Serenade
  43. Moods Op.73’: No.7 The Mountaineer’s Song

Disk 7

  1. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs I Op.41: No.1 Lullaby
  2. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs I Op.41: No.2 Little Haakon
  3. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs I Op.41: No.3 I Love Thee
  4. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs I Op.41: No.4 She Is So White
  5. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs I Op.41: No.5 The Princess
  6. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs I Op.41: No.6 To Spring
  7. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs II OP.53: No.1 A mother’s grief
  8. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs II OP.53: No.2 The First Meeting
  9. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs II OP.53: No.3 The Poet’s Heart
  10. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs II OP.53: No.4 Solveig’s Song
  11. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs II OP.53: No.5 Love
  12. Piano Transcriptions Of Songs II OP.53: No.6 The Old Mother
  13. 3 Piano Pieces EG105’: No.1 Allegro agitato
  14. 3 Piano Pieces EG105’: No.2 Allegretto
  15. 3 Piano Pieces EG105’: No.3 Allegro molto e vivace, quasi presto
  16. 3 Piano Pieces EG105’: Agitato EG106
  17. 3 Piano Pieces EG105’: Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak EG107
  18. Norwegian Mountain Melodies EG108A’: No.1 Springar
  19. Norwegian Mountain Melodies EG108A’: No.2 Lullaby
  20. Norwegian Mountain Melodies EG108A’: No.3 Springar
  21. Norwegian Mountain Melodies EG108A’: No.4 Popular song
  22. Norwegian Mountain Melodies EG108A’: No.5 Halling
  23. Norwegian Mountain Melodies EG108A’: No.6 The Lad and the Lass on the Barn Floor
  24. Norwegian Mountain Melodies EG108A’: Album Leaf EG109
  25. 3 Piano Pieces: Tempest Clouds EG110
  26. 3 Piano Pieces: Procession of Gnomes EG111
  27. 3 Piano Pieces: In the Whirl of the Dance EG112