Recording in Cologne
Herbert Schuch, piano
Camilla Tilling, soprano
Tom Erik Lie, baritone
Edvard Grieg Complete Symphonic Works
Volume I - V
Recorded for Audite
Eivind Aadland has recently completed a critically acclaimed five-volume set of Grieg's complete symphonic works.
In the presentation of the project Audite writes:
This complete edition of the symphonic works of Edvard Grieg, in five parts altogether, is especially convincing thanks to the authentic approach of the Norwegian Eivind Aadland, who strongly influences the interpretations of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne under his direction. Volumes 1 and 2 are dedicated to the original orchestral works, whilst Vol. 3 of this series contains a portion of the transcriptions of works that Grieg had originally composed for the piano. He then orchestrated them, having become a popular composer and conductor, in order to have more symphonic material at his disposal. Not infrequently, the transcriptions surpass the originals in terms of fullness and richness of colour. The fourth part of this series combines Grieg's most popular work with his least known piece: whilst the Piano Concerto in A minor was the 25-year-old composer's breakthrough to international fame, he had decided to withdraw his symphony, written only a few years previously. Yet every page of the score - despite overt influences of Schumann, Gade and Mendelssohn - convinces, thanks to Grieg's youthful inspiration and superb invention. The fifth and final volume of audite's complete recording of Edvard Grieg's orchestral works reveals a less familiar side of the Norwegian national composer: as arranger of his own lyrical and patriotic songs, surrounded by elegiac and dance-like melodies.