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Grieg: Chasing the Butterfly

Edvard Grieg , Michail Jurowski , Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra , Sigurd Slattebrekk Audio CD
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  • Performer: Sigurd Slattebrekk
  • Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Composer: Edvard Grieg
  • Audio CD (31 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Simax
  • ASIN: B004DIPL4A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Lyric Pieces, Vol. Viii, Op. 65, No. 6: Bryllupsdag På Troldhaugen / Wedding Day At Troldhaugen 2:03Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Sonata In E Minor, Op. 7: Iii. Alla Menuetto 2:39Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Sonata In E Minor, Op. 7: Iv. Finale 2:36Album Only
Listen  4. Lyric Pieces, Vol. Iii, Op. 43, No. 6: Til Våren / To Spring 1:54Album Only
Listen  5. Lyric Pieces, Vol. V, Op. 54, No. 2: Gangar 1:53Album Only
Listen  6. Lyric Pieces, Vol. V, Op. 54, No. 1: Sommerfugl / Butterfly 1:55Album Only
Listen  7. Humoresker, Op. 6, No. 2: Tempo De Menuetto Ed Energico 1:39Album Only
Listen  8. Folkelivsbilder, Op. 19, No. 2: Brudefølget Drar Forbi / The Bridal Procession Passes 2:58Album Only
Listen  9. Lyric Pieces, Vol. X, Op. 71, No. 7: Etterklang / Remembrances 1:41Album Only
Listen10. Piano Sonata In E Minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro Moderato 4:13Album Only
Listen11. Piano Sonata In E Minor, Op. 7: Ii. Andante Molto 4:00Album Only
Listen12. Piano Sonata In E Minor, Op. 7: Iii. Alla Menuetto 2:39Album Only
Listen13. Piano Sonata In E Minor, Op. 7: Iv. Finale 5:51Album Only
Listen14. Ballade In G Minor, Op. 2419:06Album Only
Listen15. Lyric Pieces, Vol. Viii, Op. 65, No. 6: Bryllupsdag På Troldhaugen / Wedding Day At Troldhaugen 2:00Album Only
Listen16. Piano Sonata In E Minor, Op. 7: Iii. Alla Menuetto 2:37Album Only
Listen17. Piano Sonata In E Minor, Op. 7: Iv. Finale 2:35Album Only
Listen18. Lyric Pieces, Vol. Iii, Op. 43, No. 6: Til Våren / To Spring 1:50Album Only
Listen19. Lyric Pieces, Vol. V, Op. 54, No. 2: Gangar 1:54Album Only
Listen20. Lyric Pieces, Vol. V, Op. 54, No. 1: Sommerfugl / Butterfly 1:47Album Only
Listen21. Humoresker, Op. 6, No. 2: Tempo De Menuetto Ed Energico 1:39Album Only
Listen22. Folkelivsbilder, Op. 19, No. 2: Brudefølget Drar Forbi / The Bridal Procession Passes 2:54Album Only
Listen23. Lyric Pieces, Vol. X, Op. 71, No. 7: Etterklang / Remembrances 2:31Album Only
Listen24. Lyric Pieces, Vol. Viii. Op. 65, No. 6: Bryllupsdag På Troldhaugen / Wedding Day At Troldhaugen 2:03Album Only
Listen25. Lyric Pieces, Vol. Iii, Op. 43, No. 6: Til Våren / To Spring 2:03Album Only


Disc 2:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 16: I. Allegro Molto Moderato12:19Album Only
Listen  2. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 16: Ii. Andante 6:54Album Only
Listen  3. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 16: Iii. Allegro Moderato 9:52Album Only


Product Description

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On this fascinating new release pianist Sigurd Slåttebrekk has attempted to recreate the performance of Edvard Grieg’s own pioneering acoustic recording from 1903 of several of his solo pieces. The session was recorded on Grieg’s own 1892 Steinway at Troldhaugen. On the bonus second CD he is joined by the Oslo Philharmonic and conductor Michail Jurowski in a performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Sigurd Slåttebrekk has previously released acclaimed recordings of Ravel and Schumann, co-created the animated TV-series "Elias" for children (Emmy nomination 2006) and is now finishing his thesis on late 19th Century pianist performing styles. Tony Harrison is a classical music producer regarded as among the foremost and most creative in his field today. The 1903 acoustic recordings of Grieg playing nine of his own piano pieces are well known. Sigurd Slåttebrekk and creative director Tony Harrison were drawn to the artistic quality of the playing itself, and this evolved into a historic pioneering project of 'musical archaeology', reviving a performance tradition from over a hundred years ago. They have listened in depth to each detail of Grieg's own playing and tried to imitate the performances at Grieg's piano at Troldhaugen. Slåttebrekk has not only recorded the pieces Grieg himself made, he has also further applied what he has learned about Grieg’s approach to performance in his completion of the Sonata in E minor, and the epic Ballade in G minor. Personnel: Sigurd Slåttebrekk (Grieg's own piano at Troldhaugen), Edvard Grieg (piano, 1903 acoustic recordings), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Michail Jurowski (conductor), Tony Harrison (creative director)

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Edvard Grieg / Sigurd Slattebrekk / Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Edvard Grieg: Chasing the Butterfly

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grieg playing at its very best - quite unique 29 May 2011
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This 2-CD set comes in a cardboard fold-out, which is the only thing disappointing about what is in my opinion an absolute revelation. CD1 contains Norwegian pianist Sigurd Slåttebrekk playing a number of pieces on Grieg's own piano recorded in Grieg's home. Slåttebrekk sets out to emulate the style of Grieg's playing, based on Grieg's 78rpm recordings made in Paris in 1903 and which are also included on the first CD. The last but one track on the first CD shows the extent to which Slåttebrekk has succeeded, by alternating a few seconds of his playing with that of Grieg. It is obvious that he succeeded. It is quite unique experience to hear how the quality of recorded sound has improved between 1903 and 2010, and yet how good the primitive sound of 1903 could be. No doubt some will consider this a bit of a gimmick, but for me, it was what drove me to purchase the CD in the first place.

The second CD contains a performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto given by Slåttebrekk with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michail Jurowski. If you thought you had heard all there is to be heard of this well-loved concerto, be prepared to listen anew. This is just as much a revelation as the Hough's Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos, if not more. I heard notes from the piano and orchestra that I have never heard before. This is a performance that has you on the edge of your seat, listening for every note. There is a far greater subtlety in the performance than any other I have heard.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent chase 4 Mar 2011
By Jonoeg
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This recording is one of the most interesting I've heard of Grieg. The project of Sigurd Slåttebræk is to seek the intention of the composer when it comes to performace of his work. He has succeeded in getting some original recordings where Edvard Grieg himself plays some of his works. By studing these he has adapted the style of Grieg, which, suprisingly is quite different from the common interpretations of his music. Slåttebræk presents a far more vital way of playing also being more playful.

Grieg is a wonderful composer and with this recording he has become evne greater.
Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking Grieg 27 Nov 2012
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I agree with the other two 5-star reviews here. These are satisfying performances that will set you rethinking your familiar take on Grieg. In the concerto I found the balance between orchestra and pianist to be better judged in comparison with many other recordings in which the piano is very forwardly placed.

The Lyric Pieces on disc 1 are played on Grieg's own piano in the manner Grieg himself might have imagined and played them (at least in so far as we can tell from Grieg's own 1903 acoustic recordings also featured on the disc). As thought provoking as these are, I cant say that they displace the EMI account by Andsnes (also played on Grieg's own piano) - Grieg: Lyric Pieces. Andsnes really finds the poetry in these pieces and gets a more ambient sound than Slattebrekk's drier more closely miked sound (a problem I suspect of recording the piano in a confined space).

The artwork is stylish with an informative and lavishly illustrated booklet. All in all, a stimulating release.
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