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Grieg - Piano Concerto, Op 16; Autumn, Op 11 [CD]

Edvard Grieg , Bjarte Engeset , Royal Scottish National Orchestra , Håvard Gimse Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
  • Composer: Edvard Grieg
  • Audio CD (3 May 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0001Z65EE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. In Autumn, Op. 11Royal Scottish National Orchestra11:10Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: I. Allegro moderatoHavard Gimse12:52Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: II. AdagioHavard Gimse 6:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcatoHavard Gimse10:15Album Only
Listen  5. Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: I. Allegro moderato e marcatoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 7:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: II. Allegretto graziosoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 6:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: III. Allegro giocosoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 5:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: IV. Andante - Allegro risolutoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra11:12Album Only

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 12 Nov 2004
By A Customer
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You really can't go wrong with this cracking new recording of the glorious piano concerto. Havard Gimse, Bjarte Engeset and the RSNO combine beautifully, with Gimse giving a sublime performance, particularly in his delicate handling of the adagio. The orchestra and conductor are also on fine form, injecting just the right amount of drama and keeping the account fresh, without dominating Gimse's playing.
We are also treated to an equally fine performance of the delightful symphonic dances, which bound along with great vitality. The sound quality from Glasgow's Henry Wood Hall is certainly impressive, so there really are no compromises for the slender price tag - Bravo Naxos!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By O. Deme
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The 16th Concerto from Grieg is one of my favorite pieces of music so I was eager to listen to this cd.

The pianist performance is outstanding and each note is played with perfect precision and emotion.

What lets this cd down is the not so great quality of the recording. I can't stop thinking the sound sounds a little bit muffled and I don't feel like I'm standing in the concert room when I'm listening to it.

Too bad since the performance is so good.

My other nit is that I would have preferred a cd solely made of Grieg's concertos or piano solos. Instead, the cd is a concerto-symphony combination and I find myself often listening to tracks 2 to 5 only. This is a matter of personal taste of course but I suspect many people will buy this cd for the concerto itself and putting a symphony as track 1 was a bad choice in my mind.

You can't get it completely wrong by buying this cd, but if you are looking for a crystal-clear recording of Grieg's beautiful concerto, I would look elsewhere.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The" Grieg Disc 27 Jun 2004
By Joshua Grasso - Published on
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This is a marvelous disc of Grieg's orchestral music; in fact, I might go so far as to say it is my favorite. The couplings are oustanding: the famous Piano Concerto, the slightly less well-known Symphonic Dances, and the totally neglected overture, In Autumn. Each pieces complements the other and charts the progression of Grieg's talent in a field (orchestral music) that was not his greatest strength. Nevertheless, these pieces constitute his greatest achivement in the medium (minus the Peer Gynt music), and make for spellbinding listening--especially when they're playing with such fire and commitment.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is on top form under Bjarte Engeset, who is fast becoming one of my favorite conductors. The sound quality is excellent, and every piece shimmers and glows with remarkable intensity. I have MANY versions of the Piano Concerto, but I've really fallen for Havard Gimse's version, which is both reflective and virile in all the right places. The orchestral contribution is remarkable. They make a wonderful case for In Autumn as well, a gem of an overture which should be played more widely; it has wonderful tunes and the distinct thumbprint of Grieg throughout. Yet perhaps the true highlight of the disc is the Symphonic Dances, which blow away any other version I've ever encountered. This is the first version that made the dances seem truly "symphonic," instead of a lose string of lightweight melodies. The entire piece coheres beautifully, and I was completely blown away by the final dance, with its En Saga-ish echoes.
Luckily, this disc is entitled "Grieg Edition 1." I anxiously await the next volume! Again, this shows why Naxos is one of the most happening labels on the classical scene. Thanks for making me reevaluate Grieg's contribution to classical music.
My only criticism is the double cover. The disc itself has a magnificent painting by Nikolai Astrup which complements the music beauitfully. So why the slip cover with the romantic Scandinavian landscape? Is this a marketing ploy? It's a waste of cardboard...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A musical get away 29 Aug 2008
By A. Grounds - Published on
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This is an excellent rendition of Grieg's Piano Concerto. Listening to it truly transports the listener to a marvelous and grand musical place. Don't count on being able to multi-task while listening. It demands your entire attention.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Program, but Unsatisfactory Balance 10 Feb 2008
By Leslie Richford - Published on
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Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907): Concert Overture "In Autumn", Op. 11; Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16; Symphonic Dances, Op. 64. Performed by Havard Gimse, piano, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, directed by Bjarte Engeset. Recorded at the Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, in May 2003. Published in 2004 as Naxos 8.557279 and also available as a DVD-Audio or as a hybrid SACD. Total playing time: 71'47".

I'm afraid I have to disagree with the other review currently on the site: although this is a fascinating program, it left me a little disappointed. Of the three pieces on the disc, it was the "Symphonic Dances" which I liked best. This is one of Grieg's later works, written just nine years before his death, and Bjarte Engeset does well to perform it as a whole (Grieg having almost written a symphony), rather than just emphasizing the dance characteristics of the individual movements. The famous "Piano Concerto" (this recording appears to replace the earlier Naxos offering by Jenö Jandó and a Hungarian orchestra) comes over as laid-back and lyrical, somewhat belying the insistence of the notes on Grieg's youthful "wildness". Although I am sure that Havard Gimse, whose concert grand is placed firmly in the foreground, makes an excellent job of this, I found myself missing some of the excitement generated by the Jandó. And with the Concert Overture "In Autumn", the piece which opens the program, I felt that this youthful attempt at capturing Norwegian nature was, despite some captivating moments, rather too diffuse to be more than an "hors d'oeuvre" for the other two better-known works.

Having said that, the performance would have been worth four stars if it had not been for the Naxos sound engineering, which, while a great deal better than the Slovakian attempts at Grieg that Naxos published 15 years earlier, was anything but convincing. After listening to the CD all the way through, I felt I had to test my equipment to make sure the problem was with the CD and not with the speakers! The large empty hall and the size of the orchestra seemed to prevent the engineer from getting an integrated sound, with the balance between the instruments unsatisfactory and a two-dimensional characteristic which tended to concentrate attention on the right-side speaker. And yes, my equipment was in good shape, when I put a disc from a major label on, everything clicked back into perfect balance.

Of course, I have no idea how the DSD recording of this performance sounds, which you can purchase on DVD-Audio or SACD. But the CD has its obvious weaknesses.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories. 25 Feb 2014
By LV gal in AZ now - Published on
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One of my favorites in it's class. I was brought up on classical music listening only. We went to symphonies and only had the classics in our house, sometimes dull, but E. Grieg was a favorite. It's a good album. Brought back many memories.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good performance; good sound; good price 23 May 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on
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Naxos has always offered good value for the classical buyer's dollar, as this album of Grieg's music demonstrates. The performances and sound may not rank with the absolute best, but they're close enough for most folks, I'm sure, and the seventy-one minutes of playing time provide plenty to listen to.

The opening movement of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, a staple of the piano concerto repertoire and therefore having many alternative rivals, is famous for its dramatic opening drum roll and cascading crescendos from the piano. Pianist Havard Gimse, Maestro Bjarte Engeset, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Naxos engineers nicely capture the theatrical effect of this opening, and, indeed, the whole of the first movement follows closely the excitement set out in the beginning. Throughout the work, Gimse follows this pattern in exemplary fashion. Tempos remain moderate but flexible; intonation is nuanced; transitions, as into the second subject, sound smooth and fluid; and Gimse seems always sensitive to Grieg's designs.

Pretty good sound, too, makes this a valuable set.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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