Posts tagged as "edvard-grieg"

Violin Sonatas

April 29, 2016

This must surely be a unique event in recording history! In 1959, Arthur Grumiaux went into the studios to overdub – as both violinist and pianist – the Mozart and Brahms Violin Sonatas on this recording. A bold venture of its kind in instrumental classical music and on two such different instruments, the recording has […]

Grieg: Symphony in C minor; Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony

April 29, 2016

A delightful – and generous (80+ minutes) – coupling of two singular symphonies. Grieg’s Symphony in C minor is an early effort and the first ever recording of this work with the Bergen Symphony Orchestra and Karsten Andersen. It makes its first international appearance on CD. The charming ‘Rustic Wedding Symphony’, full of good humour […]

Grieg: Holberg Suite; Elegiac Melodies; Nordic Melodies; Ceremonial March

April 29, 2016

In 1976, Willi Boskovsky, unusually perhaps, made a lovely Grieg recording for Decca. About a third of it was briefly issued in the 1980s on Decca’s ‘Headline’ series but now, for the first time, we offer the whole record with the bonus of Stanley Black’s recording of the four ‘Lyric Pieces’ (on CD for the […]

Scandinavian Serenade

April 28, 2016

Returning to the catalogue, at budget price for the first time, is the delicious recording by Marriner and the Academy of Scandinavian works. The ‘Holberg Suite’ was recorded in 1970 whereas the rest of the program was taped seven years later. All of the recordings were made in the stunning Kingsway Hall acoustic.

Dvorak & Suk: Serenades for Strings; Grieg: Holberg Suite; Wolf: Italian Serenade

April 28, 2016

In 1960, the Stuttgart-born conductor Karl Münchinger (1915-1990), made a Decca recording of Pachelbel’s ‘Canon and Gigue’ that assured the piece its immortality in years to come. Münchinger recorded extensively for Decca with his Stuttgarter Kammerorchester (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra). Moderate-size forces, rhythmic sprightliness and judicious ornamentation were the hallmarks of his recordings of 17th and 18th-century […]

The Flagstad Recitals – Vol. 2: Grieg, Sibelius, Eggen, Alnaes, Lie

April 22, 2016

In her autobiography (The Flagstad Manuscript, 1952), Kirsten Flagstad tells of the joy she experienced on finding when she began to give concerts in the United States that the Americans so took to the songs of her native country and particularly of Grieg. She herself had been brought up with them and even included some […]

Grieg: Peer Gynt (Incidental Music)

April 20, 2016

Grieg’s mighty score for the incidental music to Ibsen’s dramatic literary work, here receives a thrilling performance under Herbert Blomstedt with an orchestra from the very city Peer Gynt himself was reputed to have visited on his travels. The 73 minutes of incidental music take in all the movements traditionally included in the two suites […]

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1; Rossini: Overtures

April 19, 2016

Kenneth Alwyn was a principal conductor of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden where he shared the rostrum with such luminaries working with the company at that time as Malcolm Sargent, Ernest Ansermet, Arthur Bliss, William Walton, Hans Werner Henze and Benjamin Britten. The latter nominated him as conductor of the original production of The […]