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Grieg: String Orchestral Music. (String Quartet No.1/ Erotikk) (BIS: BISSACD1877) SACD


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  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: bis
  • ASIN: B0076Z6F56
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27 (arr. R. Tognetti for string orchestra): I. Un poco andante - Allegro molto ed agitatoAustralian Chamber Orchestra11:53Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27 (arr. R. Tognetti for string orchestra): II. Romanze: Andantino - Allegro agitatoAustralian Chamber Orchestra 6:07£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27 (arr. R. Tognetti for string orchestra): III. Intermezzo: Allegro molto marcato - Allegro agitatoAustralian Chamber Orchestra 6:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27 (arr. R. Tognetti for string orchestra): IV. Finale: Lento - Presto al saltarelloAustralian Chamber Orchestra 7:54£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 (version for orchestra): No. 1. Hjertesar (The Wounded Heart)Australian Chamber Orchestra 3:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 2 Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 (version for orchestra): No. 2. Varen (Last Spring)Australian Chamber Orchestra 4:43£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 5. Erotic (arr. R. Tognetti for violin and string orchestra)Richard Tognetti 3:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): I. PreludeAustralian Chamber Orchestra 2:43£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): II. SarabandeAustralian Chamber Orchestra 3:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): III. GavotteAustralian Chamber Orchestra 3:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): IV. AirAustralian Chamber Orchestra 5:33£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (version for orchestra): V. RigaudonAustralian Chamber Orchestra 4:16£0.59  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

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.’

Review

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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Sillitoe on 26 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD
Following on from the recent Naxos recording of the two string quartets arranged for string orchestra, here within a couple of months we have a second recording of the first of the quartets arranged for strings, but that is where the similarities end. The Naxos recording was of an arrangement by Alf Årdal whilst the present recording is arranged by Richard Tognetti, who also arranged the Lyric piece. In comparison, the Årdal arrangement was dull and left you wondering why he had bothered, the Tognetti however, well that is a totally different kettle of fish, it is light, bright and full of life, you almost thing that they are lost pieces from the Holberg or Peer Gynt suites.
The Tognetti arrangement of Erotikk is also expertly done, placing Tognetti not only as director, but also as solo violin, a role he relishes in this sensitive arrangement of this short piano piece.
The Playing throughout is excellent, it is taught and well controlled by Tognetti from the lead violin position, you may find finer recordings of the Holberg and Elegiac Melodies from some of the Nordic ensembles, which you would expect, but the ACO's recording is spirited and very enjoyable, you certainly won't be disappointed by their performance, and this new arrangement of the string quartet is the only one I would recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Manning on 11 July 2012
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The Australian Chamber Orchestra under its artistic director and leader Richard Tognetti are a force to be reckoned with; they play with a precision and unanimity that can take one's breath away. The opening work, Grieg's only completed string quartet, is given extra body and smoothness without losing its intimacy. At about 32 minutes, this is the longest work in the collection, dwarfing the more well-known Holberg Suite. Tognetti made the arrangement of the quartet, and also the Lyric Piece 'Erotikk', (originally for piano). The 2 Elegiac Melodies, originally songs, complete the disc.
The sleeve notes assert that The Times newspaper declared this ensemble to be the world's best chamber orchestra; I cannot confirm or deny this, but on the evidence of this SACD they are mightily impressive.
And so is the 5.0 surround recording, which uses the rear speakers sparingly but excels in depth and clarity.
This is a real winner.
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By Jet Wind on 4 Jun 2014
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Over the years I have heard and admired the artistry of these musicians. So old favourites given top draw performances of these familiar and sometimes overcooked renderings. But not these, Fresh sounding with a recorded BIS sound to match.
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