The strings sound reserved but warm, fitting the music perfectly. The disc begins with the Concert Overture: In Autumn which, to quote the sleevenotes, depicts "the autumn as a time of destructive death and decay, but also of harvesting and cyclical coherence". Mixes Grieg's usual descriptive talent with a an energy that begs for comparison to Wagners Overtures.
A good performance from the orchestra of Grieg's best known work, the Piano concerto In A Minor. On the whole a good effort from the pianist too, though in comparison to an old RCA Philippe Entremont vinyl, the timing of the piano playing is, in parts, a little unnatural. They both pull the tempo about a lot but Entremont does it a lot better, the end of Allegro Moderato on this SACD in particular feels a little forced. On the whole though the performance is quite good and the piano is well balanced with the orchestra on the recording.
The Symphonic Dances contain some very poetic music, the spirit of which is well represented by the performance. Wonderful dynamics and well orchestrated. Clocking in at just over half an hour, this and the Concert Overture (plus the very reasonably Naxos pricetag) make this SACD a very worthwhile buy. Just don't lose that old copy of the Piano Concerto In A Minor just yet.