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Grieg: Cello Concerto; Grainger: Scandinavian Suite / Andreas Brantelid, cello; Christian Ihle Hadland, piano

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 36
>Grieg, Edvard : Intermezzo for Cello and Piano in A minor
>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Violin no 3 in C minor, Op. 45
>Grieg, Edvard : Andante con moto for violin, cello & piano in C minor, EG 116
>Grainger, Percy : La Scandinavie (Scandinavian Suite), for cello & piano
>Nielsen, Carl : Sænk kun dit hoved du blomst (Bow Your Head, O Flower), song for voice & piano (Strophic Songs), FS
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Notes & Reviews:

Although born forty years apart on opposite sides of the world, Edvard Grieg and Percy Grainger have much in common. Both left their native countries to gain access to the great, then dominant central European musical tradition, and both found their greatest compositional inspiration in folk music traditions rather than the Germanic approach. They met in 1906, and not surprisingly got along famously. The Danish-Swedish cellist Andreas Brantelid and his Norwegian chamber music partner Christian Ihle Hadland have teamed up for this program of cello works by these two like-minded composers.

BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
Brantelid's feverish energy, tonal and textural range add something new. The Andante has a glistening innocence, while the sense of rough, spontaneous dance in the finale pulls the music closer to its roots. That feisty quality ignites the Scandinavian Suite of [Grainger]...Nielsen's poignant Op. 21 song 'Just bow your head, oh flower' is an inspired encore. Blink and you could be sitting in a sunny wooden parlour in Funen, Denmark.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Brantelid is certainly virtuoso - try the cadenza-like passages and, indeed, the Allegro finale of the Sonata in general. He also finds a lovely colour for his instrument as it imitates the Halling-style fiddle leading the dance. But he never swamps the essential melodic simplicity of the music with misleadingly compensatory colour. Hugely recommened.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
It is surprising that the BIS program bears such a close relationship to the Profil. It begins with the Grieg sonata played with similar passion. Grieg became a friend of Percy Grainger (1882-1961) shortly before he died. There is a photograph on the back cover of the BIS showing them sitting at a table on Grieg's estate in Troldhaugen with Grieg's wife Nina and Julius Rontgen. That makes this program particularly interesting. This is the only one I know that presents these two fine composers in contact. Grainger's 16-minute suite is replete with familiar Danish folk songs and is a lovely work. There is also a two-minute transcription of one of Carl Nielsen songs. The Grainger suite is a fine work and this is perhaps its most impressive recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (03/2014).



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>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 36
  • Performers: Andreas Brantelid (Cello); Christian Hadland (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Grieg, Edvard : Intermezzo for Cello and Piano in A minor
  • Performers: Andreas Brantelid (Cello); Christian Hadland (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Violin no 3 in C minor, Op. 45 :: Allegretto
  • Performers: Andreas Brantelid (Cello); Christian Hadland (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1887

>Grieg, Edvard : Andante con moto for violin, cello & piano in C minor, EG 116
  • Performers: Lars Bjornkjar (Violin); Andreas Brantelid (Cello); Christian Hadland (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Grainger, Percy : La Scandinavie (Scandinavian Suite), for cello & piano
  • Performers: Andreas Brantelid (Cello); Christian Hadland (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Nielsen, Carl : Sænk kun dit hoved du blomst (Bow Your Head, O Flower), song for voice & piano (Strophic Songs), FS
  • Performers: Andreas Brantelid (Cello); Christian Hadland (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902-1907