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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking Grieg, 27 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Grieg: Chasing the Butterfly (Audio CD)
I agree with the other two 5-star reviews here. These are satisfying performances that will set you rethinking your familiar take on Grieg. The Lyric Pieces on disc 1 are played on Grieg's own piano in the manner Grieg himself might have imagined and played them (at least in so far as we can tell from Grieg's own 1903 acoustic recordings also featured on the disc). As thought provoking as these are, I cant say that they displace the EMI account by Andsnes (also played on Grieg's own piano) - Grieg: Lyric Pieces. Andsnes really finds the poetry in these pieces and gets a more ambient sound than Slattebrekk's drier more closely miked sound (a problem I suspect of recording the piano in a confined space). The concerto on disc 2 brings to life a lot of detail in Grieg's writing. The jaunty folk-like rhythms of the 3rd movement are so superbly realised here that they make other versions sound somewhat undercharacterised by contrast. The artwork is stylish with an informative and lavishly illustrated booklet that includes photos of Grieg's home. All in all, a stimulating release.
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