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Grieg: Piano Concerto/Sonata/Lyric Pieces CD

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Born in 1970 on the island of Karmøy in West Norway to music teaching parents, Leif Ove Andsnes started playing at an early age although it was not until he was 16 that he began to dedicate himself seriously to playing when he moved to Bergen to study with the Czech emigré Jiri Hlinka. He gave his first professional debut concert in Norway at the age of 17 and the following year ... Read more in Amazon's Leif Ove Andsnes Store

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  • Composer: Edvard Grieg
  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B00004LCAV
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderatoLeif Ove Andsnes/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Kitayenko13:35Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: II. AdagioLeif Ove Andsnes/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Kitayenko 6:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestosoLeif Ove Andsnes/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Kitayenko10:27Album Only
Listen  4. Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op.7: I. Allegro moderatoLeif Ove Andsnes 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op.7: II. Andante moltoLeif Ove Andsnes 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op.7: III. Alla menuettoLeif Ove Andsnes 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op.7: IV. Finale (Molto allegro)Leif Ove Andsnes 6:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. No. 4 Andante con sentimento from Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op.3Leif Ove Andsnes 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. No. 5 Allegro moderato from Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op.3Leif Ove Andsnes 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. No. 6 Allegro scherzando from Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op.3Leif Ove Andsnes0:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. No. 1 Allegro con moto from Album Leaves, Op.28Leif Ove Andsnes 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. No. 4 Andantino serioso from Album Leaves, Op.28Leif Ove Andsnes 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Agitato (1865)Leif Ove Andsnes 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Lyric Pieces, Op.43: I. Butterfly (Schmetterling)Leif Ove Andsnes 1:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lyric Pieces, Op.43: II. Lonely Wanderer (Einsamer Wanderer)Leif Ove Andsnes 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lyric Pieces, Op.43: III. In My Native Land (In der Heimat)Leif Ove Andsnes 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lyric Pieces, Op.43: IV. Little Bird (Vöglein)Leif Ove Andsnes 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lyric Pieces, Op.43: V. Erotic (Erotik)Leif Ove Andsnes 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lyric Pieces, Op.43: VI. To the Spring (An den Frühling)Leif Ove Andsnes 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lyric Pieces, Op.54: I. Shepherd Boy (Gjaetergut)Leif Ove Andsnes 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lyric Pieces, Op.54: II. Norwegian March (Gangar)Leif Ove Andsnes 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lyric Pieces, Op.54: III. March of the Trolls (Troldtog)Leif Ove Andsnes 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lyric Pieces, Op.54: IV. NotturnoLeif Ove Andsnes 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lyric Pieces, Op.54: V. ScherzoLeif Ove Andsnes 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Lyric Pieces, Op.54: VI. Bell-Ringing (Klokkeklang)Leif Ove Andsnes 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: I. From Days of Youth (Fra ungdomsdagene)Leif Ove Andsnes 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: II. Peasant's Song (Bondens sang)Leif Ove Andsnes 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: III. Melancholy (Tungsind)Leif Ove Andsnes 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: IV. SalonLeif Ove Andsnes 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: VI. In Ballad Style (I balladetone)Leif Ove Andsnes 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: VI. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen)Leif Ove Andsnes 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Senior on 11 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
This rendition of Grieg is played by a pianist and orchestra who clearly play with authenticity from their Nordic hearts: with a solidness, depth, confidence and sense of timing that far outstrip more extrovert but less profound renditions. For those who appreciate the darker aspects of Grieg's music, this CD has not been bettered.

John Senior.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Great Performances of Grieg's Piano Music 28 Aug 2001
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not only is Leif Ove Andsnes one of our finest pianists, but he certainly must be reckoned as one of the foremost interpreters of Edvard Grieg. This splendid two CD compilation is replete with Andsnes' technically proficient, lyrical playing. His splendid performance of Grieg's piano sonata is certainly the highlight of this collection, but also worth noting are his compelling performances of the Lyric Pieces and the Piano Concerto. Indeed, his elegant, yet somewhat subdued, performance of the Piano Concerto is among the finest I have heard on a studio recording. The Bergen Philharmonic's playing is replete with warmth and brilliance. Those unfamiliar with Andsnes' playing should find this excellent two CD set quite rewarding.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful performance, great price! 27 Jun 2000
By G M KIRK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The young Norwegian Leif Ove Andsnes should now be familiar with lovers of classical piano music, having established himself as one of the world's premier pianists. This new release from Virgin Classics is a compilation of previously released recordings of compositions for piano by his countryman, Edvard Grieg. There are so many fine recordings of the Grieg Concerto that yet another may seem redundant. Yet Andsnes, with satisfying accompaniment from the Bergen players, renders a wonderful account - perhaps not the ultimate recording (if there is such a thing) but certainly worth having. The clincher for this release is the Sonata. It is simply stunning and is a must have for any lover of Grieg's music. The smaller pieces will not disappoint either. And to top it all, this release is at an absolute bargain price. So much great music, superbly performed by one of the world's best at a snip of a price. It is a 'must buy'!
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Grieg program 2 Oct 2002
By George N. Fabian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Andsnes--Kitayenko performance of the Piano Concerto--a warhorse if ever there was one--is the finest that I have ever heard. There is a great temptation for overkill in performing this but here it is played with quietly poetic but deeply felt emotion and with great flair in the robust third movement. Andsnes' traversal of the Lyric Pieces is on an equal footing with the legendary Gilels treatment(on DG Originals). This is one of the great bargains in classical music. Two CD's for the price of one mid-priced CD: vintage wine performances at a beer price.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Greig collection!! 28 Feb 2006
By A. Braid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
So far there is a unanimous Amazon 5-star vote for this CD so I'm going to add my voice to the choir, and add to what other reviewers have said.

Aside from the Piano Concerto, Peer Gynt Suites, and a few lyric pieces here and there, Greig's music is largely overlooked. So it is very refreshing to find such a great *double* album that presents so much great piano music. Yes, the piano concerto is here, and it is an excellent recording, however, you should own this album for the performance of the rare Sonata, op. 7, the three sets of Lyric Pieces (op. 43, 54, & 65) and other beautiful piano miniatures here. The Sonata, timing about 20 minutes, is a full blown romantic work that could join the canon of great sonatas with those of Schubert, Chopin, and early to middle Beethoven (while leaving late Beethoven and Brahms in a class by themselves). The first movement of the sonata is short but epic in its emotional scope and thematic development, and the other movements are similarly excellently composed without going into the details. This is definitely a piece that more pianists should be familiar with.

The program choice to include full sets of Lyric Pieces is also very pleasing. Often, these works are presented individually. It is pleasant to hear them as complete sets in the published order, which brings out the contrasting characters and colors which the composer certainly had in mind when he published them. Greig's music is indeed a distinct breed: rhapsodic impulse and subtle harmonic touches originating from his Norwegian heritage often hint towards Debussian impressionism and late Brahms, but always maintain their distinct voice. Among the special gems here are the Butterfly (op. 43, no. 1) with its flittering right hand movements; 'To Spring' (op. 43, no. 6); Norwegian Dance (op. 54, no. 2), where a carefree opening turns into a thumping syncopated peasant dance; The March of the Trolls (op. 54, no. 3) which scampers left and right; and the famous Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (op. 65, no. 6) which brings the second disc to a rousing conclusion. Excerpts from Greig's Poetic Tone Pictures, op. 3 and Album Leaves, op. 28 (nos. 1 & 4) are also gorgeously played.

Though Andsnes has, in recent years, delivered impressive recordings of Schubert Sonatas, and Mozart and Rachmaninoff concerti (the latter with the Berlin Philharmonic) and has achieved tremendous international renown, these Grieg recordings from the early part of Andsnes' career (late 80s, early 90s)--which demonstrate pianistic subtleties, stunning technique, incredible character, fluid and poetic phrasing, and a strong overriding sense of form and structure--could be enough to convince you that Andsnes belongs in the pantheon of great living pianists: Argerich, Brendel, Kissin, Bronfman, Ax, Pollini, Barenboim, etc. This music is not often played by musicians of Andsnes stature and global reputation. The sound quality from the Virgin engineers is perfect--clear, crisp and full. This is a sensational album of piano music that show both the composer and performer in the best possible light: a must for piano-philes and Greig fans, and very highly recommended for everyone else. I believe the Amazon price of this *double* album (more than 2 hours!) is $7.97. Which means you can't afford to pass it up.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Andsnes Gives Grieg Back to Contemporary Audiences 2 Dec 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Leif Ove Andsnes is a once-wunderkind of the piano who has matured into one of the finest pianists of today. His ability to finesse the subtleties of Mozart and Haydn, find the visceral flow of the Romantic composers such as Brahms, Schumann, Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff, and still open the way for new works by contemporary composers such as Kurtag and Dalbavie is evidence of his enormous musicality and intelligence. But the joy of hearing Andsnes resurrect Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto, once the staple of every orchestra season but now generally and mistakenly dismissed as second class music, is cause for celebration. His current degree of insight and elegance in his interpretation of this concerto is strongly evident in his performances with the LA Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen as he begins a long artist in residence period. The collaboration is majestic and deeply moving.

This recording dating back to 2000 and performed with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko is strong but lacks the conviction of his current interpretation. That could be in part due to the less than rich sounding orchestra and somewhat pedestrian conducting. But still, Andsnes illuminates the Grieg with full-bodied sound, facile technique, allowing the music to come solidly from his hands and heart, proving that this concerto is simply not passé. With Andsnes it is truly important.

The bonus of this generous and reasonably priced 2 CD set is the inclusion of the 'Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7', three excerpts from 'Poetic Tone-Pictures Op. 3', two excepts from 'Album Leaves Op. 28', the 'Agitato for piano', and 17 of the 'Lyric Pieces'. Andsnes traverses the various moods and technical challenges of these works with ease and conviction. He simply understands this repertoire better than anyone performing today. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 05
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