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Violins Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 come from 1865 and 1867, when Grieg was in his early 20's. The third sonata is a more mature work written some twenty years later. Henning Kraggerud, the violin soloist on this recording made the arrangements... The string section of the orchestra is augmented by woodwinds, and these settings sound very natural, as though the works could have been conceived in this form from the beginning. ... read more ...
Grieg is one of the world's best known composers, but the three Violin Sonatas are a relatively unfamiliar part of his output, despite being among his own favorite pieces. Grieg never wrote a violin concerto, and the foremost Norwegian violinist of his generation, Henning Kraggerud, assisted by Bernt Simen Lund, a member of the Tromso Chamber Orchestra, has taken up the challenge of creating three new concertos from the sonatas. In these arrangements the solo violin is set against a string orchestra augmented by wind instruments in order to retain the feel of chamber music.
Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
Kraggerud, as director of the Tromso Chamber Orchestra, has provided its players with some very attractive repertoire and they clearly respond with enthusiasm, producing performances that are precise, alert and expressive.
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