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GRIEG, E.: String Quartets (arr. for string orchestra) / NORDHEIM, A.: Rendezvous (Oslo Camerata, Barratt-Due)

Composer(s):Grieg, EdvardNordheim, Arne
Artist(s) Barratt-Due, Stephan, Conductor • Oslo Camerata
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572441
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Grieg’s String Quartet in G minor has long established itself as one of the finest such works of the second half of the nineteenth century. The distinction of its thematic material, and its use in cyclical form, is reinforced by an ultimately victorious motto theme. The F major Quartet was written later, but remained unfinished, but it too is a fertile creation with a strong dance profile. Both works are heard in Alf Årdal’s imaginative arrangements for string orchestra. Arne Nordheim, the leading Norwegian composer of the 20th century, wrote Rendezvous as a quartet but expanded it in 1986. It is an intense, moving, and beautifully crafted work.


   




Review By Bob McQuiston,Classical Lost and Found,March 2012

The first of the quartet’s four movements begins with an expressive andante motif (EA) not too far removed from the opening of Edvard’s piano concerto (1868). It’s immediately transformed into an impetuous allegro theme (IA) [track-1, beginning at 00:40], which foreshadows the impassioned mood of this movement. A lovely melancholy melody (LM) [track-1, beginning at 02:00] reminiscent of his more wistful string pieces follows, after which IA and LM undergo an extended dramatic development, ending in an energetic coda based on EA.








 

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