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Grieg: Works for Piano Vol 5 / Pompa-Baldi

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances (25) for piano, Op. 17
>Grieg, Edvard : Waltz-Caprices (2) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 37
>Grieg, Edvard : Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56
>Grieg, Edvard : Olav Trygvason, opera, Op. 50 (incomplete)
>Grieg, Edvard : Nordic Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands), Op. 63
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Notes & Reviews:

"Antonio Pompa-Baldi's ongoing Grieg cycle for Centaur goes from strength to strength, as Volume 5 demonstrates. Indeed, no other complete recording of the 25 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances Op. 17 touches this pianist's readings for idiomatic flair and enlivening details. Pompa-Baldi's rhythmic gusto and shapely bass lines put a virile spin on pieces that many pianists prettify to the point of emasculation. The two Op. 37 Waltz Caprices boast the kind of nervous energy and lack of surface sentiment that we experience from Grieg's own piano recordings, faded sound and all. Furthermore, Pompa-Baldi commands that rare gift for hitting upon the right tempos that put the dance-inspired selections' best feet forward (all puns intended). Centaur's bright, slightly "toppy" engineering may reflect the less-than-ideal instrument at the pianist's disposal, but that shouldn't discourage piano lovers from appreciating Pompa-Baldi's enchanting, intelligent artistry. Recommended." -Classics Today



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>Grieg, Edvard : Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances (25) for piano, Op. 17
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (12/20/2004-12/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Grieg, Edvard : Waltz-Caprices (2) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 37
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (12/20/2004-12/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Grieg, Edvard : Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (12/20/2004-12/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Grieg, Edvard : Olav Trygvason, opera, Op. 50 (incomplete) :: Prayer and Temple-Dance
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (12/20/2004-12/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873

>Grieg, Edvard : Nordic Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands), Op. 63
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Notes: Recital Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (12/20/2004-12/22/2004)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1895