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Grieg - Op.17 - 25 Norwegian Dances and Folk Songs

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  1. techneut

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    Seeing as Grieg takes center place in our PS banner, I decided on re-recording one of my favorite Grieg sets. The previous version was from 2007. It was not altogether horrible, but this new version is in a different class, correcting many read errors, slips, and sloppy playing.

    As before I opted for one track rather than many small ones. I should really look into the possibility of indexed mp3's again.

    Grieg - Op.17 - 25 Norwegian Dances and Folk Songs (27:47)

    Index of individual pieces with starting times:
    1 - Springdans (Folk Dance) 0:02
    2 - Ungersvennen (The Young Man) 0:56
    3 - Springdans (Folk Dance) 1:45
    4 - Niels Tallefjoren 2:36
    5 - Jölstring (Dance From Jölster) 3:57
    6 - Brurelat (Wedding Song) 5:34
    7 - Halling (National Dance) 7:03
    8 - Grisen (The Pig) 7:55
    9 - Nar mitt oye (Religious Song) 8:41
    10 - Friervise (Wooer's Song) 10:01
    11 - Kjempevise (Heroic Ballad) 11:06
    12 - Solfager og ormekongen (Solfager And The Snake-King) 12:09
    13 - Reiselat (Travel Song) 13:28
    14 - Jeg sjunger med sorrigfullt hjerte (I Sing With A Sorrowful Heart) 14:33
    15 - Den siste Lordagskvelden (Last Saturday Evening) 15:35
    16 - Eg veit ei lita Jente (I Know A Little Maiden) 17:01
    17 - Kleggen og Fluga (The Horsefly And The Fly) 18:17
    18 - Stabbelaten (Peasant Dance) 19:27
    19 - Hölje Dale (The High Valley) 21:19
    20 - Halling (National Dance) 22:04
    21 - Saebygga (The Woman From Setestal) 22:43
    22 - Kulokk (Cow Call) 23:32
    23 - Sag du nokke te kjerringa mi (Have You By Chance Seen My Wife) 24:26
    24 - Brurelat (Wedding Song) 25:46
    25 - Rabnabryllup (The Raven's Wedding) 26:41
     
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    Thanks for this. I first intended to listen to only a few but couldn't stop and listened to all. Good choice to make it a single file, these pieces really gain in being grouped, individually they are kind of trivial but together they create a rich atmosphere.

    My only wish would be for a table of contents with start times for the pieces. Your playing is very sensitive and expressive and conveys the moods very well. In view of this effort minor slips are insignificant (and you probably won't redo them again anyway). I'll just mention one thing: I would wish a little less pedal in no 24. But in all a great performance of an underplayed and undervalued set.

    Joachim
     
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    Thanks Joachim, I'm glad someone else than me likes them. Somehow I find these both more personal and more folk-like than most of the Lyric Pieces. Some may be a bit 'trivial' as you say, but others are really deep and over all too soon.

    I'm still scratching my head about how to organize sets like this. A single track is better to make people listen to it all :p but it should also be possible to single out individual items. It's so easy on YT... just put a timing in a comment and
    it automatically links. I'm not sure if such a trick can be done with mp3's.

    I am considering redoing some or all of the fast items, which is where the little fluffs are. Re. the pedaling on no.24, I guess you meant the opening bars ? I find those hard to bring off, and experimented a bit with the pedaling. Not convinced it was the right thing do do. I could have another go, it never hurts to do some (partial) re-recording.
     
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    Yes it was the opening bars that surprised me (I was following with the score). No need to re-record unless you have a change of heart, it doesn't sound bad, just a bit peculiar.
     
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    You've inspired me to add these dancelike pieces to my ballet class repertoire :D
     
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    I have re-recorded nos. 1, 3, 5, 18 and 24 and provided an index with starting times (see original post).

    Time to get on with redoing the similar op.66 set, which for some reason I had not put on the site.
     
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    I'm not sure how you find the time to record so much music! You're producing a nice fresh, rustic sound with these. Some convincing, characterful playing. A most enjoyable listen.
     
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    Thanks Andrew, that is great to hear. I love these pieces and spent a lot of TLC on them.
    I seem to be (re-)recording a lot lately. With spring no its way I expect that to get less, alas :)
     
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    Ah, I have so little time for comments.
    Just wanted you to know that I got to listen to all of this and enjoyed it. I've become a bit of a Grieg fan since joining the Society - it really helps that you've recorded so much of this because a member can feel that (s)he can get a real sample.
    The single file is probably better; having the legend with the times and titles gives the details to anyone who wants them.
     
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    Good to hear my Grieg recordings are helping to spread the composer's fame ! Grieg was not the most ambitious and trailblazing of composers but it is hard not to love his music.
     
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    Hi Chris,

    This is a nice recording to listen to, very pleasant in many places.
    Thank you for sharing,

    Kaila
     
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    Thanks Kaila !
     

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