On this disc, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra play string works by Edvard Grieg.
The ACO perform perennial favourites such as the Holberg Suite and the two Elegiac Melodies, Grieg’s own orchestrations of two of his best-loved songs: Last Spring and The Wounded Heart.
The programme also includes Richard Tognetti’s adaptation of String Quartet No.1 and the ravishingly lyrical piano composition Erotikk from the composer’s celebrated collection of Lyric Pieces.
Previous recordings with Tognetti and the ACO on BIS including Mozart’s violin concerti (BIS-SACD-1754 and BIS-SACD-1755), have been met with critical acclaim: Gramophone’s described the team as ‘an outstanding band’ with ‘a keen individual and collective feel for style and character’, and The Observer praised their ‘gloriously exciting, tangy edged, alert and playful sound.’
The Australian Chamber Orchestra delivers playing of incredible passion and precision. Tognetti's inspired direction brings every movement to life… A triumph in every respect. 5*/5* --Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
Richard Tognetti's skilful transcription [of Grieg's G minor String Quartet] works a treat here... The performers give it vitality and beauty and a programmatic narrative which is compelling. --Colin Anderson, International Record Review
The enchanting Elegiac Melodies are beautifully done, as is Holberg, which dances and entrances in equal measure. Both latter works have dozens of rivals, but… I doubt there are many better ones. Excellent sound, as usual from this label. --Guy Rickards, Gramophone