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NIFCCD 106 Edvard Grieg - Alexey Zuev

NIFCCD 106 Edvard Grieg - Alexey Zuev NIFCCD 106 Edvard Grieg - Alexey Zuev

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. (Stanisław Leszczyński, Artistic Director of the festival ‘Chopin and his Europe').

EDVARD GRIEG

  • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 [1868]
  • Arietta, Op. 12 No. 1 [1866-1867]    1.25
  • Klokkeklang [Ringing Bells], Op. 54 No. 6 [1891]
  • Bcekken [The brook], Op. 62 No. 4 [1895]
  • Hjemad [Homeward], Op. 62 No. 6 [1895]
  • Hjenwe [Homesickness], Op. 57 No. 6 [189.3]
  • Poetiske Tonebilleder [Poetic Tonę Pictures], Op. 3 No.
  • Du fatter ei Belgernes euige Gang [The Poet's Heart], Op. 52 No. 3 from Klanerstykker etter egne sanger [Piano Pieces after Original Songs] [1890]
  • Efterklang [Renrembrances], Op. 71 No. 7 [1901]
  • Til Foråret [To Spring], Op. 43 No. 6 [1886]
  • Sommeraften [Sunnner's eve], Op. 71 No. 2 [1901]
  • Halling [Norwegian dance], Op. 47 No. 4 [1885-1888]
  • Ballade in G minor, Op. 24 [1876]*

Alexey Zuev - historical pianos [Erard, 1849; * Pleyel, 1854]

Orkiestra XVIII wieku /Orchestra of the 18th century

Kenneth Montgomery - dyrygent conductor

[1-3] Recorded during the International Music Festival ‘Chopina and his Europe' organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, Warsaw 29 August 2014, [4-15] Recorded in Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, 18-19 March 2016.

 

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