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Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. 4 - Symphony in C; Piano Concerto in A minor / Herbert Schuch, piano

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Symphony in C minor, EG 119
>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The fourth volume of audite's complete recording of Edvard Grieg's orchestral works with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Eivind Aadland conducting, combines the Norwegian national composer's most popular work with his least known: the glorious warhorse Piano Concerto in A minor, performed here by Herbert Schuch, and the Symphony in C minor (1864). The concerto evinces the influence of his great model Schumann, combined with evident elements of Norwegian folk music, while the inventive but even more youthful symphony reveals similar influences but hardly any Norwegian inflections.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The symphony performance under Eivind Aadland has everything you would hope for: lots of energy and excitement, with a very fine, well-prepared orchestra. The music emerges with a sense of youth and enthusiasm, and rhythms are crisp. With the concerto, of course, we are on familiar ground. This is a fine performance. He throws himself into the piece with lots of excitement in the outer movements and plenty of virtuosic display, mainly in the big cadenza. He also gives us ample poetry in the slow movement and the finale (before the strange stop in the middle!) Schuch is ably backed by Aadland, who brings the same level of excitement here as in the symphony. This is Volume IV of Audite's complete edition of Grieg's orchestral work in five volumes (see our index). It comes with fine, detailed notes, and the sound is first rate. A fine job all around!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Köln, Philharmonie (02/24/2014-02/26/2014); Köln, Philharmonie (12/09/2013-12/13/2013).



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>Grieg, Edvard : Symphony in C minor, EG 119
  • Conductor: Eivind Aadland
  • Ensemble: WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (12/09/2013-12/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1863-1864

>Grieg, Edvard : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Herbert Schuch (Piano)
  • Conductor: Eivind Aadland
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (02/24/2014-02/26/2014)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1868