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Grieg - 25 Nordic Dances and Folk Melodies Op.17

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  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    The last item of today's bumper recording session.

    Grieg - 25 Nordic Dances and Folk Melodies Op.17

    I love this set with its wonderful variety of fresh and rustic melodies and its quaint titles. Makes a change from the ubiquitous Lyric Pieces. Pardon the odd fumble as this was an impromptu recording (... yeah I know ... I promised not to do that anymore :roll: ... ).
    As these are mostly very short items I chose to use one track instead of 25 separates. For those interested here is the table of contents. May somebody have as much fun with this as I had.

    1 - Springtanz (Jump Dance)
    2 - Der Jüngling (The Young Man)
    3 - Springtanz (Jump Dance)
    4 - Niels Tallefjoren
    5 - Tanz aus Jölster (Dance from Jölster)
    6 - Brautlied (Wedding Song)
    7 - Halling (National Dance)
    8 - Grisen (The Grey ?)
    9 - Geistliched Lied (Religious Song)
    10 - Lied des Freiers (Song of the Lover)
    11 - Heldenlied (Hero's Song)
    12 - Solfager und der Würmerkönig (Solfager and the King of Worms)
    13 - Reiselied (Travel Song)
    14 - Trauergesang (Lament)
    15 - Die letzte Sonnabendnacht (The last Saturday Evening)
    16 - Ich weiß ein kleines Mädchen (I know a little Girl)
    17 - Die Bremse und die Fliege (The Gadfly and the Fly)
    18 - Stabbe - Laaten (Humoristic Dance)
    19 - Hölje Dale (???)
    20 - Halling (National Dance)
    21 - Sæbygga (The Man from Setesdal)
    22 - Kuhreigen (Shepherd Song)
    23 - Bauernlied (Peasant Song)
    24 - Brautlied (Wedding Song)
    25 - Rabenhochzeit (The Raven's Wedding)
     
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    My Swedish friend said that 8 could mean "Pig" and 19 could mean "High Hills". [I know I said "Swedish, but Norweigian and Swedish are similar...isn't that right Mr. Robert :wink: )

    Too bad I never heard these before. Hmm, maybe I should not be so sheltered and listen to other composers besides Liszt, Chopin, and "Popular" Bach :x


    I'll provide the sheet music when I am back home.

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    My Norwegian friend confirms The Pig for "Grisen", and also says that "Hölje" might be an old way of writing høye which means high. He says it also might be the name of a particular valley (or perhaps a fictional one).

    And thanks for recording this - I'm trying to expand my Grieg repertoire, because I like his style. :)
     
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    Thanks for that. I had never associated that piece with a pig ! It is very dignified :)
     
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    These were nice. You played them very musically. Many were soothing to my poor, frazzled nerves. Out of the group, I liked the very first piece the best. Also #20 (20:00 mark-ish) and #23 (probably wrong number) and the last one. I tried to keep count but screwed up because my No. 25 wasn't yours. Which one is your favorite?
     
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    Sheet Music

    The sheet music is up on the site!
     
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    Oh good. Thanks, Julius.
     
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    You really play these well Chris, despite of your non-northern origin. They are perhaps not perfectly performed but you catch the mood most of the time which is extremely important or they will fall flat! I am also, as always, impressed by your large output and wide musical knowledge and instinct (enough with credit or you will think to big of yourself ;)).
     
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    I don't think I have one. There are some here that I like a little bit less, but mainly I love them all equally. I find this set (and its Op.66 namesake which I will also record) of much more consistent quality than the Lyric Pieces.

    Thanks for the comments. There are some technical issues and slips but I am quite pleased with how this set came out. Some items needed a couple of retakes (3 at most) but most went straight through. There are about six small edits (cuts) in total, not too bad I think considering it had not been prepared.
     
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    Haha, great praise ! Grieg is not my all-time favourite composer but when he is in genuine folk mode (rather than half salon mode as in some other works) I feel a lot of empathy with him. There seems to be a certain kinship between the Dutch and Norwegian pshyche, or so I have read. Seems like the Dutch really setlle well and get assimilated in Norway. Why that is, no clue.
     

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