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Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Emil Gilels

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62
>Grieg, Edvard : I balladetone (Ballad), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/5
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71
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Notes & Reviews:

"A disc to stop you in your tracks, wherever you are and whatever you're doing, Grieg's Lyric Pieces are among the purest, loveliest, most haunting miniatures of the pianist's repertoire and Gilels's selection of them...lays claim to the accolade 'greatest-ever Grieg piano music CD'." -Independent

BBC Music Magazine
Gilels's anthology of 20 of the Lyric Pieces... is in a class of its own and an absolute must! Whatever else you get for your library, you have to have this - it sets standards which few others have approached.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Here, surely, is a classic recording, one of calibre and status for all time. Rarely can a great artist have declared his love with such touching candour. By his own admission Gilels discovered in Grieg's Lyric Pieces a 'whole world of intimate feeling' and at the sessions where these were recorded fought tirelessly to capture their intricate mix of innocence and experience. The results are of an unblemished purity, grace and contained eloquence. He brings the same insight and concentration to these apparent trifles as he did to towering masterpieces of the classic repertoire.

The programme proceeds chronologically and one can appreciate the gradual but marked development in Grieg's harmonic and expressive language - from the folk song inspired early works to the more progressive and adventurous later ones. Gilels's fingerwork is exquisite and the sense of total involvement with the music almost religious in feeling.

Never can Debussy's sniping estimate of Grieg', 'a pink bonbon filled with snow' (or DG's dreary accompanying notes), have seemed wider of the mark. The recordings remain as impeccable as the playing. This is a disc for everyone's desert island.



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>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (8), Book 1, Op. 12
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864-1867

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (8), Book 2, Op. 38
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43 :: no 1, Butterfly
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43 :: no 2, Lonely Wanderer
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47 :: no 2, Albumblatt
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47 :: no 3, Melody
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (7), Book 4, Op. 47 :: no 4, Halling
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1889-1891

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1889-1891

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 5, Op. 54
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1890-1893

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62 :: no 4, Brooklet
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893-1895

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 7, Op. 62 :: no 6, Homeward
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893-1895

>Grieg, Edvard : I balladetone (Ballad), lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/5
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68 :: no 2, Grandmother's Minuet
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68 :: no 3, At Your Feet
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 9, Op. 68 :: no 5, Cradle song
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71 :: no 1, Once upon a Time
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71 :: no 3, Puck
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71 :: no 6, Gone
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (7), Book 10, Op. 71 :: no 7, Remembrances
  • Performer: Emil Gilels (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901