Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Grieg, Edvard. (1843-1907) Orchestral Works, Volume III.

From my collection.
Bought in Autumn 2016.
First listen: 4-11-2016.
Second listen: 8-3-2017.
Label: Audite.
Recording dates: October 2012.
Recording venue: Köln Philharmonie, Germany.
Recording engineer: Mark Hohn.
Running time: 72:22.
Classical relevance: A new fresh look on Grieg's familiar works.

Works performed:
Concert Overture "In Autumn"opus 11.
Lyric Suite, opus 54.
Klokkeklang, opus 54, No. 6.
Old Norwegian Melody with Variations, opus 51.
Three Orchestral Pieces from "Sigurd Jorsalfar" opus 56.

Performed by:
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Eivind Aadland.

About one thing you may be sure, the recording is spectacular, which goes for all five volumes. You will miss nothing, punchy, detailed, well spaced, and and excellent overall sound picture. That said, all volumes have a different soundstage, and despite the state of the art recording, the balance is never quite right. Just imagine, the same venue, engineers, performers, and yet they do not seem to get it quite right. As to the performances I have only praise, they are indeed fresh and unearthing a plethora of details sometimes missing in other recordings. There is never a rush in the tempi, but fit to the mood Grieg had in mind. Aadland is well aware of the normal pitfalls in this music, and he cleverly avoids them. This is not to say that he makes some unusual choices in his interpretations, which I do not always like. I am quite sure that the normal Grieg listener will be shocked  by Klokkekland. This music is bursting almost out of the tonal system. Very strange and at the same time hugely interesting. The old Norwegian Melody with variations is a favourite with me. Such spectacular writing, and so well recorded. And surely the fine writing in the opus 56 must be mentioned, so many details I never heard before. Aadland makes every piece on this CD a feast to listen at, even though the cake is not always tasty.    


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