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Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Janina Fialkowska, piano

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. Op. 43
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 6 Op. 57
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 7, Op. 62
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71
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Notes & Reviews:

Written after Grieg returned to settle in Norway, the Lyric Pieces, a total of 66 short pieces for piano, were published in ten volumes between 1867 and 1901. Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska performs a selection of 25 of these pieces with delicacy and refinement. Among these are the Romantic pieces, which earned him the nickname of the "Nordic Chopin": Berceuse (Op. 38, No. 1), Vals (Waltz, Op. 38, No. 7), Albumblad (Albumleaf, Op. 47, No. 2), Melodi (Op. 47, No. 3), and Notturno (Op. 54, No. 4). Other works include peasant and patriotic marches, dances, songs, and evocations of the Norwegian landscape.

BBC Music Magazine
Janina Fialkowska is one of today's most dependable pianists - bold, poetic, virtuosic and very much more…[the] cornucopian approach poses special challenges to the imagination, and technique, of the player. That Fialkowska has both in rich supply is abundantly clear in her recordings of Chopin's mazurkas, and much else besides.

Gramophone Magazine
[Fialkowska] has a temperament and style ideally suited to these miniature tone-poems.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
This Montreal-based pianist is quite wonderful, and I would say she even comes close to Emil Gilels in this music. He gives us 20 selections (it was an LP - 56 minutes), she 25. He plays almost everything slower, and it's very poetic and moving. But she is also poetic, and her faster tempos never lessen the effect of the music. If you want all of the Lyric Pieces it is hard to beat Nicholas Roth on Blue Griffin ( July/Aug 2007). If you are content with a selection, naturally the selections vary. Gilels and Fialkowska overlap a great deal, and I like both selections. The Gilels is from 1974 (later on DG CD), and the Fialkowska is brand new.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm, Québec, Canada (10/2014).



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>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 :: 1. Arietta
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864-1867

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 1, Op. 12 :: 5. Popular melody
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864-1867

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38 :: 1. Berceuse
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1877-1883

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38 :: 7. Waltz
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1877-1883

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 2, Op. 38 :: 8. Canon
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1877-1883

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. Op. 43 :: 1. Butterfly
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. Op. 43 :: 4. Little bird
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47 :: 2. Album leaf
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47 :: 3. Melody
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 4, Op. 47 :: 4. Norwegian dance
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54 :: 3. March of the trolls
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1889-1891

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 5, Op. 54 :: 4. Notturno
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1889-1891

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 6 Op. 57 :: 2. Gade
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1890-1893

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 7, Op. 62 :: 1. Sylph
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893-1895

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 7, Op. 62 :: 4. Brooklet
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893-1895

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 7, Op. 62 :: 6. Homeward
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893-1895

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65 :: 4. Salon
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65 :: 6. Wedding day at Troldhaugen
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68 :: 3. At your feet
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68 :: 4. Evening in the Mountains
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 9, Op. 68 :: 5. At the Cradle
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71 :: 1. Once upon a time
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71 :: 2. Summer's eve
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71 :: 3. Puck
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces, Book 10, Op. 71 :: 7. Remembrances
  • Performer: Janina Fialkowska (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901