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Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)


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« on: June 16, 2022, 12:59:26 pm »

Grieg: String Quartets / Chilingirian Quartet    Hyperion



One of my favourite composers! I can't think of a single piece of music I haven't enjoyed by Edvard Grieg! Indeed his incidental music for Peer Gynt is one of my favourite pieces of music ever and I have multiple recordings. I like his Piano Concerto,but I tend to agree that he was at his best when his imagination was unrestricted by such convention's of form. That said,he still came up with one of the greatest,most popular & tuneful concertos ever written. So pretty good going,when you think about it?!! And it got to appear on the Morecambe and Wise show!
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2022, 01:07:04 pm »

Grieg: String Quartets / Chilingirian Quartet    Hyperion

One of my favourite composers! I can't think of a single piece of music I haven't enjoyed by Edvard Grieg! Indeed his incidental music for Peer Gynt is one of my favourite pieces of music ever and I have multiple recordings. I like his Piano Concerto,but I tend to agree that he was at his best when his imagination was unrestricted by such convention's of form. That said,he still came up with one of the greatest,most popular & tuneful concertos ever written. So pretty good going,when you think about it?!! And it got to appear on the Morecambe and Wise show!

I do so agree with you. Contrary to what some would have us believe, Grieg was no petit-maître. For one thing, he was a superb melodist.
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2022, 01:21:52 pm »

Indeed! One of the problem's with allot of the,admittedly,very enjoyable Piano Concerto's I've listened to (I admit to enjoying all the keyboard wizardry,heroics & glamour) is the lack of a a really good tune,or even one,at all!) but the Grieg has one of the best & most memorable tunes ever written by any composer. One of the most arresting openings ever! And it's very well (indeed,beautifully) constructed! I sound like an engineer saying that;but even if you're not a musician you know when something meanders (like my posts!). And I don't,necessarily,mean as badly as Draeseke! ::)
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