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Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances) Op. 72


The Slåtter Op. 72, composed by Grieg in 1902, are free transcriptions of Norwegian peasant dances (Slåt being the general native name for such a peasant dance). The original melodies, handed down through many generations of native musicians, were usually played on the so-called Hardanger fiddle, a special kind of violin widely in use in the southern Norwegian region Hardanger. They were first collected and penned down by Grieg's fellow composer Johan Halvorsen, then masterfullly adapted for the piano by Grieg. In these little-known works, Grieg manages to create totally idiomatic and pianistic pieces while still retaining the folksy, fiddle-like character of these dances.









Complete recording by Chris Breemer

Recorded dec.2008 - jan.2009
1Giböens Brautmarsch 2:31
2John Wästafä's Springtanz 2:30
3Brautmarsch aus Telemarken 3:30
4Halling aus dem Hügel 4:08
5Der Prillar aus dem Kirchspiel Os 1:28
6Getretener Tanz (nach 'dem Müller') 1:20
7Halling aus dem Hallingtal 4:25
8Brautmarsch (nach 'dem Müller') 2:50
9Nils Rekve's Halling 1:16
10Knut Luråsens Halling I 1:39
11Knut Luråsen's Halling II 2:50
12Springtanz (nach 'dem Müller') 1:18
13Håwar Giböens Traum an der Oterholtsbrücke 2:01
14Die Brautfahrt der Unterirdischen (Getretener Tanz) 2:27
15Die Skudalsbraut. Getretener Tanz. 2:35
16Die Mädchen aus dem Kivletal. Springtanz. 1:32
17Die Mädchen aus dem Kivletal. Getretener Tanz. 1:40