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Grieg's music played for all it's worth,
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This review is from: Grieg: String Orchestral Music. (String Quartet No.1/ Erotikk) (BIS: BISSACD1877) (Audio CD)
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.