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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Grieg
  • Audio CD (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B00BX2JMYY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Listen  1. Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8: I. Allegro con brioAlexander Vinnitsky & Vladimir Ovchinnikov 9:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8: II. Allegretto quasi andantinoAlexander Vinnitsky & Vladimir Ovchinnikov 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8: III. Allegro moltoAlexander Vinnitsky & Vladimir Ovchinnikov 9:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: I. Allegro vivaceAlexander Vinnitsky & Vladimir Ovchinnikov 8:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: II. Allegretto tranquilloAlexander Vinnitsky & Vladimir Ovchinnikov 6:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13: III. Allegro con animatoAlexander Vinnitsky & Vladimir Ovchinnikov 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Andante con moto for Piano TrioThe Moscow Trio10:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: I. Allegro molto ed appassionatoAlexander Vinnitsky & Vladimir Ovchinnikov 9:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: II. Allegretto espressivo alla romanzaAlexander Vinnitsky & Vladimir Ovchinnikov 7:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45: III. Allegro animatoAlexander Vinnitsky & Vladimir Ovchinnikov 8:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36: I. Allegro agitatoAlexander Rudin & Vladimir Skanavi 9:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36: II. Andante molto tranquilloAlexander Rudin & Vladimir Skanavi 6:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36: III. Allegro molto e marcatoAlexander Rudin & Vladimir Skanavi12:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27: I. Poco andanteAlexander Tchernov, Irina Popova, Igor Boguslavsky & Alexander Rudin13:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27: II. Romanza. AndantinoAlexander Tchernov, Irina Popova, Igor Boguslavsky & Alexander Rudin 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27: III. Allegro molto marcatoAlexander Tchernov, Irina Popova, Igor Boguslavsky & Alexander Rudin 6:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27: IV. Presto al saltarelloAlexander Tchernov, Irina Popova, Igor Boguslavsky & Alexander Rudin 9:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. String Quartet No. 2 in F Major (Unfinished): I. Allegro vivace a graciosoAlexander Tchernov, Irina Popova, Igor Boguslavsky & Alexander Rudin13:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. String Quartet No. 2 in F Major (Unfinished): II. Allegro scherzandoAlexander Tchernov, Irina Popova, Igor Boguslavsky & Alexander Rudin 7:10£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Edvard Grieg was the father of Norwegian music; his most famous pieces are the Piano Concerto in A Minor and the incidental music to Peer Gynt. Sent to study at the conservatory of Leipzig during his teens, his compositions show a thorough grounding in the European Romantic tradition, although his later works explore the idea of a national Norwegian style. His chamber music showcases the way in which he actively sought to weave the characteristics of Norwegian popular music into accepted compositional forms and styles. Grieg himself said of the violin sonatas: They are representative of the three periods of my evolution: the first naive and full of melodic ideas, the second nationalistic, and the third turning to much vaster horizons. The quartet in G Minor initially proved a problem for the composer, but it is nonetheless a triumph, brimming with impressive moments such as the beauty of the pastoral reverie and the relentless rhythm of the energetic finale. The collection also includes the Cello Concerto in A Minor written for Griegs brother John, an amateur cellist the String Quartet No.2 in F and the Andante con moto for piano trio. The recording boasts a wealth of renowned chamber musicians; among them are the Moscow Trio, an ensemble that has achieved great success in Europe. Also featured are acclaimed performers such as Alexander Vinnitsky, Vladimir Ovchinnikov and Alexander Rudin.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD
It seems odd, and fortuitous, that this set of three CDs from the Brilliant label -- that marvelous reissuer of worthwhile recordings at marvelously low prices -- is the label's second set of the complete chamber music of Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). The first, released in 2004, featured members of the Raphael Quartet and others Grieg - Complete Chamber Works and has been positively reviewed here at Amazon, where it is still available. With the exception of the cello sonata, recorded in 1980, the performances were recorded in the 1990s. The performances on this set are by members of the Moscow Trio (Alexander Bonduriansky, piano; Vladimir Ivanov, violin; and Mikhail Utkin, cello), as well as by Alexander Vinnitsky, violin; Vladimir Ovchinnikov, piano; Alexander Rudin, cello; Vladimir Skanavi, piano; and by a string quartet made up of Alexander Tchernov and Irina Popova, violins; Igor Boguslavsky, viola; and Alexander Rudin, cello. The present recordings were made at the Moscow Conservatory in 1991. So these two sets are roughly contemporaneous and feature mostly Russian or Slavic performers. I wonder if this is because Grieg's often neglected chamber works continued to have a life in the concerts of Russian and the former Soviet Union that they don't in the West.

CD1: The Violin Sonata No. 1 in F, Op. 8 (1865) is a very early effort by Grieg and is mostly pastoral with some Norwegian folklike elements. The Second Violin Sonata in G, Op. 13 (1867) is considerably more dramatic, even somber, than the First. Its second movement is notable for the delicacy and richness of its ornamentation. Its finale is a springdans, a Norwegian leaping dance for men; its rhythms are invigorating.
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The Brilliant Label's Second Set of Grieg's Complete Chamber Music 14 Sept. 2013
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It seems odd, and fortuitous, that this set of three CDs from the Brilliant label -- that marvelous reissuer of worthwhile recordings at marvelously low prices -- is the label's second set of the complete chamber music of Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). The first, released in 2004, featured members of the Raphael Quartet and others Complete Chamber Music and has been positively reviewed here at Amazon, where it is still available. With the exception of the cello sonata, recorded in 1980, the performances were recorded in the 1990s. The performances on this set are by members of the Moscow Trio (Alexander Bonduriansky, piano; Vladimir Ivanov, violin; and Mikhail Utkin, cello), as well as by Alexander Vinnitsky, violin; Vladimir Ovchinnikov, piano; Alexander Rudin, cello; Vladimir Skanavi, piano; and by a string quartet made up of Alexander Tchernov and Irina Popova, violins; Igor Boguslavsky, viola; and Alexander Rudin, cello. The present recordings were made at the Moscow Conservatory in 1991. So these two sets are roughly contemporaneous and feature mostly Russian or Slavic performers. I wonder if this is because Grieg's often neglected chamber works continued to have a life in the concerts of Russian and the former Soviet Union that they don't in the West.

CD1: The Violin Sonata No. 1 in F, Op. 8 (1865) is a very early effort by Grieg and is mostly pastoral with some Norwegian folklike elements. The Second Violin Sonata in G, Op. 13 (1867) is considerably more dramatic, even somber, than the First. Its second movement is notable for the delicacy and richness of its ornamentation. Its finale is a springdans, a Norwegian leaping dance for men; its rhythms are invigorating. The CD concludes with the single movement, Andante con moto, for piano trio (1878) that was probably slated to be part of a complete piano trio that was never finished.

CD2: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45 (1886-87) features much of what we come to think of as Grieg's lyrical gift. Its form is very much akin to that of sonatas by Beethoven or Brahms; its architecture is easily grasped. Its second movement has a particularly lovely long-limbed cantilena that is played by piano alone for 40-odd measures and then joined by the violin for another 40-odd measures. After a brief intermezzo, the movement ends with the violin playing the melody and the piano accompanying with triplet figures. The finale features two unrelated themes that are never really developed but alternated in various guises. The Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36 (1883) was probably written for Grieg's cellist brother John. It opens with a restless piano accompanying a dramatic yet lyrical cello part. The andante second movement borrows a theme from Grieg's incidental music for 'Sigurd Jorsalfar' written ten years earlier. The sonata ends with a heroic finale with much marcato and insistent rhythms.

CD3: String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27 (1877-78) is Grieg's only completed string quartet. He wrote a colleague that it 'is not meant for the general public. It aims for breadth, for vehemence, and above all a powerful sound torn from the instruments for which it is designed'. He goes on to say that he had a great deal of trouble with the quartet, struggling over bringing its form into shape. He comments that he had difficulty staying away from his 'weakness for popular styles'. That said, this is a powerful work and yet has oddities. For instance, there are long passages that don't use all four instruments. The second movement departs from the use of counterpoint commonly used in string quartets; rather it is largely homophonic. It is surpassingly beautiful and played wonderfully here. The third movement largely features a concertante part for the first violin. After a slow introduction, the finale is a saltarello (similar in rhythm to the finale of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony). The set concludes with two movements from Grieg's uncompleted Second String Quartet. It was subsequently completed by his friend, Julius Röntgen, but we are given only the two movmeents that Grieg had virtually finished. The first movement uses Hardanger fiddle figurations -- the Hardanger fiddle is a Norwegian folk instrument with a tuning that is completely different from the usual violin tuning -- and the second movement is another lively 2/4 springdans.

I have not heard the 2004 Brilliant set, so I cannot compare the performances. I will note that the earlier set uses Röntgen's four-movement completion of the Second String Quartet. But I am mostly satisfied with this set. I will have to get the other set and make a comparison one of these days. For now, I'm content to listen to this set repeatedly.

Scott Morrison
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